We’ll be talking about my EMS based murder mystery novelHyphema
is a thriller involving murder, suspense, prejudice, love, and emergency
medical services. Former New York Paramedic Matt Garratti trains as a flight
medic, but when the economy forces a career relocation he moves his immigrant
Pakistani-Muslim wife and infant son to North Carolina.
area of northeast North Carolina the Garratti family moves to is scenic and
known for “southern hospitality”, but there are huge pockets of town folk who
have never met a Muslim believer and only know of “them” from news reports
wife Sudah is looked at with disdain by some of their neighbors. When strange
things happen that threaten the small family’s well-being, there are those,
including the local police, who erroneously believe that it is reaction to
Sudah’s ethnicity – and while no one thinks it is right, they also seem to
think it is not all that serious.
Garratti is a character created in my murder-mystery-suspense Final Sin and Hyphema is a continuation of his story (including his marriage to
Sudah). By the beginning of Hyphema,
Matt has moved his family and is ready to begin his new job.
used my own background as a NYS EMT (26 yrs) as well as the experiences of
other EMS personnel I know to build Matt’s medical background.
11, 2001 changed our world and it put a new emphasis on prejudice. In Hyphema, Sudah Garratti is being held
accountable for others’ actions. There are those who have problems with the
“mixed marriage” and those who cannot understand that all people have good and
is a study of culture, clashes of personalities, blame, and suspense.
So much to say and so little room to write - Grew up in the Bronx, NYC and went to school at JHS80, HS of Art & Design, and Fordham U. Lincoln Ctr campus. I always had an overactive imagination and parents who encouraged creativity and individuality. I am married to a terrific guy and we raised two extraordinary kids. My sister and I are real close. And I've always tried to give back to my community.
Oh, by the way, I like to write.