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Hear about posthumous novels set in Denver at Vail Library event

Join author and publisher Mark Stevens at the Vail Public Library Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. for a special presentation about his good friend and fellow author, Gary Reilly. When Reilly passed away in March of 2011, he left behind 20 novels, all unpublished. The one piece that was published in 1979 was a short story in a Pushcart Prize winning anthology. After that, Reilly went underground to write. When Reilly passed away from cancer at the age of 61, he left behind a three-sentence will. The third sentence gave Stevens, a former journalist and acclaimed author in Colorado, and his friend Mike Keefe, a retired political cartoonist and recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize, permission to publish his works. Because of the quality of his work, Reilly was recognized by Big Earth Publishing in Boulder, which offered to help, giving Reilly a wide audience.

All three of Reilly’s first novels were on the Denver Post best-seller list and the second novel, “Ticket to Hollywood,” was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award. Two more of Reilly’s novels will be released in November. The first of Reilly’s novels, “The Asphalt Warrior,” introduces readers to a Denver cab driver named Brendan Murphy, known as “Murph.” All of the “Murph” novels are set in Denver and follow “Murph” to The Brown Palce, DIA, along East Colfax Avenue and other local Denver neighborhoods. As “Murph” shuffles people around he becomes a confidante and problem solver to his fares. “The Heart of Darkness,” the third installment of the posthumously published comedic taxicab series, continues to follow “Murph” as he encounters a mysterious nihilist who may be leaving him cryptic handwritten notes on $5 bills. Goodreads users voted the series to “Best Comic Novels” and “Funniest Novels of All Time.”

Reilly was a recluse but also met with and helped other writers, including Stevens. Stevens will talk about Reilly, his commitment to fiction and telling stories and how he helped others. Stevens, a mystery writer, has reported for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. His works include “Antler Dust” and “Buried by the Roan,” both set on the Western Slope of Colorado.

The first three installments of Reilly’s 11-book series will be available for purchase at the event: “Asphalt Warrior,” “Ticket to Hollywood” and “The Heart of Darkness.”

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 970-479-2187.

The first of Reilly’s novels, ‘The Asphalt Warrior,’ introduces readers to a Denver cab driver named Brendan Murphy, known as ‘Murph.’ All of the Murph novels are set in Denver and follow Murph to The Brown Palace, DIA, along East Colfax Avenue and other local Denver neighborhoods.


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