Posted in Monday, mystery on July 1, 2013

Welcome author Ritch Gaiti to StoreyBook Reviews!  He has written a mystery that sounds good and I will be reading and reviewing in the coming months.

The Big Empty


A gritty lawyer uncovers an ancient conspiracy and the betrayal of a man and a nation. A thriller mystery of treachery, trust and redemption. . . .

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.


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Why I wrote The Big Empty

Set in modern day New York City, the story begins post-911, deep in the bedrock beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center, and picks up ten years later as one man reluctantly takes on a trivial assignment and winds up uncovering a secret that changes centuries-old history. The story slowly unfurls, revealing layers of an intricate backstory and conspiracy.

Some of my favorite novels have had strong characters that changed throughout the story and surprising plot twists.  My tools were simple – a lead character that had bottomed-he serves as the surrogate for a much larger issue which is revealed in the book. The first-person point of view emulates the gritty style of a classic private investigator –yet he is anything but.

My underlying goal was to tell a story about American injustices – and the way that they were accepted because of greed – and to correct the injustices – at least in fiction. Much of the story was based on historical events, some fictionalized, some dramatized.

About the Author:

Ritch Gaiti is an author, an artist and a former Wall Street Executive. He focuses on a wide range of subjects and genres: from drama to suspense to humor; from fiction to non-fiction. His first book, Points, Women Have Them, Men Need Them, was a humorous relationship book. Afterwards, sticking with humor, he wrote Tweet, a fictional satire on consumerism and the advertising industry. Recently, Tweet has been optioned for a feature film. His last book, Dutching the Book, a fictional drama based on real people and events, delivers an absorbing story about horse racing and gambling in 1960’s Brooklyn.

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 his website. He is also recreational pilot and enjoys tennis and skiing.