Gary Reilly will never know how beautiful his stories are. He has a good excuse. He passed away in 2011. One of my colleagues with the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers – Mark Stevens – inherited the trunk load of manuscripts and has been trying to get them out to the world ever since.
The Asphalt Warrior is the first in a series of humorous, noir adventures of a veteran taxi driver in Denver. Part of the charm – for me anyway – is recognizing the city landmarks. The real genius is the way Reilly display’s Brendan Murphy’s inner landscape. His quirky habits, his inner life, his outlook on the world seem both familiar and fascinating. Like seeing an intersection you’ve driven through a hundred times from the direction you’ve never traveled.
I picked up the first book just last week and I’m still shaking. It’s that good. I’d like to be that good. Someday, if I keep at it, maybe I will.
Grab a sample and settle in. You can thank me later.
About the reviewer:
Nathan Lowell has been writing science fiction and fantasy most of his life. He started publishing in 2007 and has no intention of stopping any time soon.
Learn more about Nathan Lowell and his works at http://nathanlowell.com
[Transparency: I never met Gary Reilly. I wish I had. I have met Mark Stevens and feel richer for it. I have no financial stake in the production of these works although I’m helping Mark get the ebooks into shape so more people can meet Murph. He’s not paying me for the labor and I won’t take anything in exchange. I feel that strongly about the stories that Gary Reilly has left behind. I’m honored to be able to help. That’s payment enough.]