In 2012, writer and Jiu-Jitsu expert, Gaston Cavalleri, made headlines in New York City when he single-handedly chased down, apprehended, and physically restrained a violent handbag snatcher in Central Park until police arrived.
The city was looking for a good-news story to brighten up a long hot summer. New York’s Channel Eleven (PIX11 news) called him “Superman, Batman, and Spiderman all rolled into one!” Appreciative New Yorkers (and the grateful lady-victim) celebrated Cavalleri’s civic-minded vigilance.
New York Post, July 7th, 2012: “A tough-as-nails jiu-jitsu expert made such quick work of a purse snatcher in Central Park Thursday, a group of other would-be crime-stoppers could only stand by and watch his martial artistry.” Cavalleri wrote Crystal Caviar (his first novel) a short time later.
Crystal Caviar is a gritty, street-level tale about a knock-about Australian fighter who pulls the pin on a “no-win, no-pay” fight life in Brazil to touch down at JFK Airport for an enigmatic rendezvous with destiny. This story is a sharp, action packed mystery that weaves black comedy, love, psychiatry, and surrealism.