|The Big Empty|
by Ritch Gaiti
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Rick Wallace is just barely surviving. He's been drowning his sorrows with alcohol for years and is beyond caring if he drowns himself in the process. Just as things are looking bleak for his tottering law office, a wealthy client offers him what appears to be too much money for a seemingly easy job. But his client only gives him a few threads to grasp and as he attempts to unravel the clues he finds he just has a tangled mess that makes no sense. While Rick investigates this bizarre situation, the reader is also trying to fit together the pieces of Rick's past to get a clear picture of why he had fled from New York and spent the past 10 years pickled in a bottle in Tecumseh.
At first this book is a tad bit frustrating in the fact that we know so little and are spoon fed details very very slowly. But as the layers are peeled back and the big picture begins to emerge you really can't help but appreciate just how intricate the plot is. The characters are detailed, realistic, and incredibly three dimensional as their backgrounds and motivations are revealed. Some of the players are more surprising than others as you are never exactly sure just who is trustworthy.
While the storyline is well worth 5 stars on its own, but the editing staff has fallen asleep on the job which makes this book take a huge hit in regards to rating. However, if you can easily ignore those, you will find this book is well worth your time and quite an interesting read.