Varmint Rumble Jeremy Bannister a stand-alone book by Gary Reilly

A humble, simply told coming-of-age tale that spans the terribly serious and comically trivial decades of the Vietnam and disco eras, respectively.

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Published July 2021

Varmint RumbleVarmint Rumble ninth book in The Asphalt Warrior Series by by Gary Reilly

In Varmint Rumble, the final installment of The Asphalt Warrior series, we pick up with cabbie Brendan Murphy—better known as “Murph”—right where he usually leaves off: minding his own business and heading home to his crow’s nest in anticipation of beer, burgers, and his beloved Gilligan’s Island.

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Published June 2020

The Legend of Carl DracoThe Legend of Carl Draco a stand-alone book by Gary Reilly

The story of a quietly fearless young man whose existence is consumed in ruthlessly dispatching nameless enemies who dog his every move

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Published June 2019

The Circumstantial ManThe Circumstantial Man A stand-alone book and brilliant departure from the two published Gary Reilly series.

There's a stolen car, a hit-and-run accident, mistaken identity, a body in Pete Larkey's bathroom and a deadly encounter with a condescending con man named Benny.

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Published April 2018

The Biography Man Now available as an Amazon Kindle Single. Read More…

Two Great Series by Novelist Gary Reilly
The Asphalt Warrior CoverThe Asphalt Warrior Series

Featuring Denver Cab Driver Brendan Murphy, a.k.a. "Murph"

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Gary Reilly highlighted on National Public Radio's weekend edition with Scott Simon

December 2015: Pick Up at Union Station "... a rattling good yarn."

December 2014: The Asphalt Warrior Series... "Huge Fun."

The Discharge by Gary ReillyThe Vietnam Series

Stories of one young man's search for his place within the ranks and his place in the world.

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"Honest and artfully told ... highly recommended."
~ Tim Bazzett, author of the Cold War memoir, SOLDIER BOY: AT PLAY IN THE ASA

" 'What good are MPs?' Gary Reilly's Private Palmer wonders. Like Michael Casey's Obscenities, The Detachment answers by following one military policeman across his absurd tour of duty in Vietnam. The character trajectory and treatment are classic as so is The Detachment."
~Stewart O'Nan, author of The Names of the Dead; editor of The Vietnam Reader

"When a novel like The Detachment sensibly illuminates every process of a vast crazy enterprise, such as the war in Vietnam, it is invariably -- and appropriately -- compared to the masterpiece Catch 22. Gary Reilly has measured every action through soldier Palmer's time in the service, every duty, in prose which is clean and careful and he brings us scene by scene the aggregate of one man's experience. It's a powerful and convincing book, Catch 23 or 24, vivid, considered, and real."
~ Ron Carlson, author of Return to Oakpine and Five Skies

"There has never been a war novel quite like this, a minute-by-minute, stream-of-consciousness, unerring accurate portrait of army life."
~ John Mort, author of Solider in Paradise and DONT MEAN NOTHIN, Vietnam War Stories

"Gary Reilly is the G.I. Charles Bukowski."
~ Fred Hafaele, author of Rebuilding the Indian

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Gary Reilly’s Palmer is “back in the world.”

Gary Reilly’s Palmer is “back in the world.”

No book I’ve read better captures the anomie that poor, befuddled Palmer struggles with. Behind the wheel of a taxi, Palmer finds his place in America—permanently on the move, always changing his destination—a destination chosen by others. ~ David Wilson, Vietnam Veterans of America Books in Review II, June 23, 2017 Read David Wilson’s full […]

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Booklist: “That rarest thing in fiction, originality”

The Detachment by Gary Reilly

The long, second novel of Reilly’s Vietnam trilogy takes a dark turn, though the innocence of Private Palmer from The Enlisted Men’s Club sometimes feebly glows. After he is assigned to an MP detachment in Vietnam, Palmer’s fledgling talents as a goldbrick come to fruition. Read the John Mort’s full review of The Detachment on […]

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Booklist: “This ordinary soldier is universal”

A novel by Gary Reilly

With The Enlisted Men’s Club, published in 2014, Running Meter launched Reilly’s Vietnam trilogy, which introduces the self-absorbed Private Palmer, formerly a slacker civilian who works hard to become a slacker MP at the Presidio as he awaits his orders for Vietnam. Palmer is a practiced, lonely drinker clearly on his way to alcoholism, and […]

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Booklist: Murph is “a fascinating companion”

Unlike Reilly, whose pomp and bluster create chaos, Murph is a go-with-the-flow philosopher (comparisons to The Dude in The Big Lebowski seem somewhat inevitable), a man who wants to avoid people and will do almost anything to avoid confrontation, but whose internal monologue makes him a fascinating companion. Every few pages readers will find an […]

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