Ticket to Hollywood (Asphalt Warrior)

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In Ticket to Hollywood, the second of 11 comic novels based on cab driver Brendan Murphy, a.k.a "Murph," a young woman on the way to a showing of The Great Gatsby leaves her purse behind in Murph's Rocky Mountain Taxi Cab #127--and then goes missing. Murph finds himself confronted by police and loses his job. He becomes entangled with filmmakers and makes his way to Los Angeles in search of the lost woman and in desperate need to restore his reputation and regain normalcy, which in Murph's case means doing as little as possible.

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Gary Reilly was born in Arkansas City, Kansas. He spent his early years in Kansas and Colorado in a large Irish-Catholic family-seven brothers and sisters. The family moved to Denver where Gary attended parochial high school, graduating in 1967. He served two years in the army, including a tour in Vietnam as a military policeman. After discharge, Gary majored in English at Colorado State University and continued studies at the Denver campus of the University of Colorado. All along, his overarching ambition was to write fiction. His first published short story, "The Biography Man," was published in The Iowa Review (Vol. 8, No. 4) in 1977. At the time, Robert Coover was the fiction editor and T. Coraghessan Boyle was a contributing editor. Other contributing writers in that issue were Ian McEwan and Ron Hansen, among other luminaries "The Biography Man" went on to get republished in The Pushcart Prize anthology (Vol. IV). That was the last time Gary Reilly was ever published--in his lifetime. But that's not because he stopped writing. Gary went on to write 25 novels, several based on his army experiences. While he wrote both serious and genre fiction, his greatest invention was the character, Murph, a likable, bohemian Denver cab driver. Starting with The Asphalt Warrior, Gary cranked out eleven Murph novels. His dedication to writing did not include self-promotion. Instead of seeking agents and publishers, he focused on his craft, writing and rewriting, polishing to perfection. He wrote well over 25 novels before he thought he was ready make his work public. Unfortunately, he passed away in March, 2011 before he could realize that dream.

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"(Gary) Reilly is a master wordsmith. All of Reilly's books provoke me to laugh out loud--and I am not easily provoked." - David Willson, book reviewer, Vietnam Veterans of America

"What if the gloomy 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer drove a cab in Denver? What if Schopenhauer, crossed with Maynard G Krebbs (you do know who that is, don't you?) by way of comedian Steven Wright, chased fares in the Mile High City? You'd have this book." - Barry Wightman, author of Pepperland

"Fans of Reilly's quips and jabs and his evident love of classic movies will find much to enjoy here." - Westword book review by Alan Prendergast

"This book is enormously funny and leaves you wanting to spend more time with the grumpy and sarcastic but very likable protagonist." - Reader's Favorite web site 

2013 Colorado Book Award Finalist (Genre Fiction)

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