The Long Journey Home by Gary William Ramsey

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When Houston, Texas FBI Special Agent, Nathaniel Hemmingway Armstrong, believed that he had lost his young son to a child molester because he was detained, and didnít pick him up from a childcare center, he was devastated. His wife, Kathy, whom he married when she became pregnant, blamed him for the loss and divorced him, taking all his assets. He suffered a mental breakdown because of the devastating guilt and turned to the bottle to ease his pain. His excessive drinking cost him his job with the FBI and subsequently, he half-heartedly opened a Private Detective business. His only comfort and companion in life was his little mix breed dog, named Nick, who loved Diet Coke and fettuccini afredo, but most of all he adored Nathaniel and attempted to take care of the drunken man. An unscrupulous and sexy young woman, a former gentlemanís club dancer, hatched a plot with her lover to take advantage of Armstrongís alcoholism and frame him for the murder of her rich, older husband. The plot thickens when Armstrongís college sweetheart, Layla Sterling, now a lawyer, and the love of his life, agreed to help him if he stopped drinking. As the mystery untangles, thereís a shocking turn of events that leads Armstrong to Mexico City and a life or death involvement with two warring Mexican Drug Cartel Kingpins. With the help of his little dog and his former girlfriend, he struggles to prove his innocence and to solve the mystery of his sonís death.


Excerpt: Foreword

Most people who are reasonably healthy, when thinking of life and death, regardless of age, delegate the thoughts of their deaths to humans other than themselves. It is rare that we can comprehend dying, unless we are suffering an incurable condition. We know death exists because we see people dying every day. No human, however, can truly comprehend passing until his moment arrives. We anticipate and understand that our loved ones will die. However, we rarely think empirically of our own ultimate mortality. We simply trust that we will wake up every morning and live our lives.

With this deceptive comprehension of our own mortality, itís impossible that we can grasp the untimely death of one of our children. Since I have been blessed that both of my daughters are healthy and alive, I donít pretend to understand the grief of parents who lose a child. The pain and the ensuing depression must be catastrophic.

Many believe that there is an extremely high divorce rate (80-90%) when a couple loses a child. Those claims are based on statistics from a study done in 1985. The strain caused by this horrible burden is devastating.

After a man loses a son and feels some blame for the death, however far-fetched, he will probably ďlose it mentally.Ē When his wife, who also blames him, leaves and the ensuing divorce accompanies the loss, his will to live is probably broken, regardless of his previous mental strength.

Some may turn to suicide. Others may go to drugs or alcohol. The mind requires a way to escape reality and calm the raging guilt and pain.

This is the story of a man, broken and depressed by the loss of his son, with only a small mixed-breed dog to comfort him. His journey in the hell that is his life takes many turns as he attempts to find The Long Journey Home.

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