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THE BIG EMPTY deals with a found object that holds enough interest for certain people that hiring an alcoholic has-been attorney who defected from New York City to Arizona after the impossible to explain carnage of 9-11 and a personal trauma since drowned in the ethanol and protective devices of psychic erasure seems worthy of a hefty fee - money Rick Wallace cannot turn down despite the fact that it means returning to the city he has pushed into his past. The fact that he is of Native American heritage seems like yesterday's lunch to him at story's beginning but becomes a major force as the giant story unravels. In response to the fact that his office is barren of clients, the eminent departure of his unpaid secretary, and the curiosity of the challenge Rick takes the slow drive across country for what he imagines to be a 24 hour `job' and easy money only to walk into a ever stranger group of characters and twists and turns that prolong his stay and eventually leads to uncovering old embers of his left-behind life all the way to his cultural history. It is masterfully conceived, exquisitely written, dramatically atmospheric, and some of the most eloquently sculpted use of the English language we are seeing in contemporary American writers.
A good mystery demands the respect of not spoiling a bit of it and since every page in this hefty novel contains grains of gold it is only fair to the reader to recommend adding this experience to the personal library. Ritch Gaiti simply has it all in his magical power to take us away from whatever is cluttering our lives and providing a literarily fine escape and respite. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, July 13
The author accomplishes his goal of exposing the vast conspiracy through characters that cannot be bought off or manipulated, but it's difficult to tell who's playing who. The timeline changes quickly too, like a New York train, but you won't mind tracking it because it's all part of the adventure. Some language designates this book for mature audiences only. Expertly written in third and first person narrative the dialogue between characters makes this fiction believable. For instance, Rick is a take me as I am kind of guy. He's less than perfect, wounded but still has heart and soul. He's lovable and caring, sometimes, and other times he's just in your face, up-close and personal. The evasive E.P Smith and his wife are two very interesting characters, along with Professor Elias Opdyck. Elias is a long-time resident of the city, but wanders the streets like a tourist marveling at skyscrapers and landmarks.
Author, Ritch Gaiti is well established, an artist, screenplay writer and producer of short films. He's been interviewed on several talk shows, including The Today Show, regarding his previous book, titled Points. In The Big Empty mystery, the author racks up a victory for the insignificant little man trying to survive against big business antics, when Rick fills in The Big Empty in court explaining the Latin meaning of Terra Nullius, and how it set a de facto standard of behavior that was unfair and exploited indigenous people, so long ago. Question is will the jury buy it, now? Written on many levels, there's a realistic plot here that gives pause for serious thought about the plight of the Native Americans who offered up their hospitality to the white man, only to be deceived by them later on. No small feat for an author, Rick Wallace's personal story is woven in and captivating as is the larger story itself. In my opinion, The Big Empty is not empty at all, but choc-full of possibility to become a best seller.
What the link between the buildings is , he doesn't know...or can't remember because he slowly realises that he's suffering from amnesia. As his memory returns in parts, he experiences flashbacks from ten years previously at around the time of the twin towers disaster. The writer reveals the plot line tantalisingly slowly leaving you loath to put down the book, and sets up the reader for a surprising and unexpected climax. Well worth the price, and certainly more than just a casual holiday read.
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I think this book is cleverer than I am. It starts with Richard Wallace an Attorney who is not making much money receives an...Read more
rich gaiti. you fall deeply into the story and the characters.