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Ticket To Hollywood

(Asphalt Warrior #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In Ticket to Hollywood, the second of 11 comic novels about Denver 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 ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Running Meter Press
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a laugh
Recommended to Katy by: JKS Communication
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Comedic mystery
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Anyone who likes to laugh
Trigger Warnings: Excessive laughter? You know, if you have a weak bladder or something you might want to be careful.

My Thoughts: This book was hilarious. Murph was a wonderfully fun character, full of wisdom and wisecracks and strange, random thoughts that cause startled outbursts of laughter. This review will consist to a huge degree of quotes from the book, which I think will do a much better job o
Barry Wightman
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are precious few funny books out there - this is one. Smart, literate, with a big heart. Buy this book. Strike a blow for big yuks.
Mike McClanahan
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a grin, a giggle, or guffaw
Recommended to Mike by: Myself, after reading Gary's first novel
Murph’s back, and this time the delightfully idiosyncratic Denver cabbie is on a mission.

Brendan Murphy begins his shift determined to stick to his primary rule of cab driving – never get involved in the lives of your passengers. His monumental failure to observe his own dictum begins when he picks up a tipsy young woman in a Roaring Twenties flapper costume at her Capitol Hill apartment for a ride to a screening of “The Great Gatsby” at the Mile High Film Festival. When Murph tries to engage he
Apr 07, 2013 added it
Shelves: modern-novel
Read as judge for Colorado Book Awards.
Helen Starbuck
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given this book by a friend of the now deceased author. I wasn't sure what it'd be like, but it had a good recommendation. I'm not sure what to make of this book. It was so low key that at times I wasn't sure what the point of the whole story was. Murph is not a very likable guy. He's short on ambition and self-esteem, has a terrible diet, lives in a dump, and works only enough to pay his bills. He ruminates endlessly on his short comings, his time in the army, and his time as a cab driver ...more
Chris Petersen
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this author. Murph, Gary Reilly's protagonist , is quirky, hilarious and smart. I have laughed my way through all of his books. As much as I love this series, I recognize it may not be for everyone. It is really all about the voice. You have to fall in love with the wanderings of Murph's eclectic mind. If you are looking for a straight plot driven novel this may not be for you. But if you can imagine a concatenation of The Big Lebowski, the TV series Taxi and a Robin Williams monologue yo ...more
Ken Dowell
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a local Denver story by a Denver writer. I suspect the main character is a type not uncommon in the region. Murph is a burger-frying, TV junkie who got older without any accompanying maturation in lifestyle. Good hearted and self deprecating and would vehemently deny the good-hearted part. I've never lived in Denver but have been there enough to appreciate the lcoal vibe and references. This book has the feel of a manuscript that a friend might have given you to read. I don't mean that i ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was really thankful to win this in a member giveaway. I started reading it when it arrived in my mailbox and I couldn't put it down. The author writes with a clever wit and is very enjoyable. I liked it even more because I have lived in both Denver and California, so it was interesting knowing the places the writer was referencing. My favorite thing about the book was that the author was constantly referencing books and movies. I do that constantly, so it was fun to be able to relate to the ch ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Definitely getting hooked on Murph. Don't ask.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun comic mystery novel. I look forward to reading more in the series at some point, great light reads.
Janet Craven
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another great story from Mr. Reilly. His plotting and humor are even stronger than in his first novel! Fun reading, great characters!
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Gary Reilly was a writer.

Simply stated, that was the essence of the man.

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

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“I had never liked bullying of any sort, especially when an individual acquires his courage by becoming part of a faceless mob. I always say if you need fake courage, get it out of a bottle like I do.” 9 likes
“My imagination was running amok again. Twice in one night. This never happens when I’m sitting in front of a typewriter.” 5 likes
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