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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dark Night of The Soul by Gary Reilly

The utopian world carefully created by Denver cab driver Brendon Murphy is about to be shattered. In fact, it’s about to be the worst day of his cab driving career. There’s the Land That Forward Motion Forgot. There’s a guy Murph comes to thinks of as “Mister Twenty.” And there’s an old woman who wants to pay her fare with a saucepan full of pennies.
            In Dark Night of The Soul, the sixth adventure in The Asphalt Warrior series, Murph’s plan to carefully monitor the intake of cash—for fear of earning too much—challenges every math skill he can muster. Messes grow around Murph “the way a pearl grows around a pebble.” Of course, “It’s best not to think about what might have happened if you had done this instead of that,” but it’s hard not to wonder what went wrong when you’re kissing the asphalt and police have you surrounded with guns drawn.
            To wiggle out of his latest spot, Murph must stare long at and hard at who he is and what he’s all about. It’s the most eye-popping journey of all time.

Dark Night of The Soul (Literary Mystery)
By Gary Reilly
ISBN #978-0984786091
Running Meter Press
221 Pages
Price $14.95
Rating 5-Stars

 “Entertaining - Smooth, And Intelligent Writing.”

Murph has had bad days before, but Monday has to be his worst day ever with Rocky Mountain Cab Company. Before his day is even started well, a fare gives him a twenty-dollar bill for a three-dollar trip, taking all his start-out change. Then an old lady tries to pay the fare in pennies. Then a bank robber hires his cab to make his escape. Now he’s a suspect in the bank job, and accused of assaulting the old lady, who threatens to sue RMCC.
This time Murph has to do some deep soul searching, and discovers his dark soul hiding beneath the surface. Will he go over the deep end, or come out smelling like roses once more? It’s too close to make the call, and he may not pull through this one without help.
This was another fun story of the Asphalt Warrior, and the problems the Denver cab driver gets into during a normal day-to-day shift. Gary Reilly’s writing is smooth, intelligent, and entertaining, and the reader chuckles at Murph’s laid-back philosophy, and determination not to make money. How can such a mild soul step into so much trouble? If a series was ever written for cab drivers, this one is it. But you don’t have to be a cab driver to enjoy these little mystery adventures; they capture all of us, in our day-to-day jobs, just wanting to exist in a crazy world. I also want to say how much I like the cover art on these books. The folks at Running Meter Press beautifully produce the books, and the covers are eye-catching. The art by John Sherffius would look nice hanging on anyone’s wall. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

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