Book: The Big Empty
Author: Ritch Gaiti
Publisher: Sedona Editions
Published: May 2013
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9833837-3-4
Available in paperback and ebook.
Author website: www.RitchGaiti.com
“…masterfully conceived, exquisitely written, dramatically atmospheric…Highly recommended.” Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado/Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
“…a home run with fiction lovers, conspiracy theorists and anyone who likes a fast-paced mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.” Pacific Book Review
“…characters are detailed, realistic, and incredibly three dimensional…you are never exactly sure who is trustworthy.” Laurie Love, AGoddessofLiterature.com
“…a great slow-burning mystery thriller.” James Goulding
“…well-paced mystery sets up a surprisingly poignant climax.” David Clarke
The Big Empty -summary
A gritty lawyer uncovers an ancient conspiracy and the betrayal of a man and a nation. A thriller mystery of treachery, trust and redemption.
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Every instinct I had told me to get out but I couldn’t, not now. This simple case would trigger repercussions that would unnerve the city, maybe the country. I was about to open doors that had been nailed shut for a lifetime. And the only path to the truth was through a labyrinth of deceit. I trusted no one, not even myself. My stomach tightened.
The ten years had slipped by like a century. I never thought I’d see New York again and now I find myself buried in its bowels, unsure of what I was after—but I knew I had to find it. I snaked through the city bureaucracy, historical landmarks and some of the most prominent properties in the city, all intricately linked. Nothing fit, yet everything connected and answers only bred more questions. Somehow it had all been mysteriously tied back to me.
I ventured into the darkest tunnel of all, my own. I realized then why I was chosen—why I had been the only one that could find this elusive document. Deep within a maze of deceptions and betrayals, I uncovered a massive conspiracy among the most esteemed organizations in the world—and the truth that had sent my life into a tailspin ten years ago was far from true. Suddenly, this seemingly routine assignment suddenly had enormous stakes and consequences. Now it was up to me to mend an ancient injustice and the fate of an entire culture.
Caught somewhere in a fold of time between now and never, I had no escape. The past had become clearer than the present. A cool breeze ran through me as I looked towards the basement door. The cool subterranean cavern bid me to descend. As much as I resisted, I had only one path, one way out. I looked down the dark staircase – a long descending tunnel drew me in. The basement seemed to glow from the cold blue light emanating from a single casement window. I had no choice – I had to go deeper into the darkness to get out of it. This was why I was here – this moment, this place. I had to venture into the darkest tunnel of all – my own.
I had been hiding from this for all these years. I slowly stepped onto the stairs and into my unconscious. I released my protection, my walls, my layers of callous. The first step creaked under as I proceeded slowly. Defenseless, I descended, to the growing intensity of the drums.
Suddenly, everything blended, as if by osmosis, into a single mind, a single memory. Time did not exist. The walls, which had stood for so long, had fallen. The smell, the sounds, the light flooded my senses. I crossed into the past as I descended the same stairs ten years ago.
Ritch Gaiti –bio
Ritch has also written articles for magazines, including Private Wealth, Tango and Balance magazines and has been featured on national TV and radio, including a guest appearance on the Today Show, opposite Joan Rivers.
In addition to writing, Ritch is a recognized artist who exhibits regularly in galleries and museums across the country. His portfolio can be viewed on: www.Gaiti.com. He is also recreational pilot and enjoys tennis and skiing.
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