The Tinman Series

"Bringing a Little Comedy to Crime"

The Comedy-Caper Genre Lives On!

Just because someone’s a thief doesn’t necessarily make them a thug.
That’s the proposition Tinman and his Posse are dedicated to.
After all, they’re just in it for the money, they don’t want to hurt anyone.
Join this lovable and humorous gang of crooks in the Tinman Series, as they tackle impossible heists—with hilarious results.

The Readers Speak

"Love your book! Addictive story. Flows smooth as silk."
Charles R.
University Administrator
"I am thoroughly enjoying the ride! Such detail without overdoing it. Just enough info to keep the plot moving. And the characters are absolutely charming."
Elaine V.
"I was expecting this to be fun fluff, but it's way deeper than it appears. I love this wacky, dysfunctional family of crooks. They're way more than cartoon characters. Give me more."
Gene S.
"I was so pissed at you. I had to get up at six but I had to find out what happened. I laughed out loud, and I never do that with a book."
Kate H.
"Why don't they make movies like this, dammit?"
Marsha W.
"It had me so tense at times wondering if these ne'er do wells were going to get out of the mess they got themselves into, or actually pull off the heist. I have to wonder, though, how you know so much about the criminal underworld. Good thing you're on the right side of the law, or you could be very dangerous."
Stephanie S.
Tinman and his zany group had me laughing through the whole book! Who knew history could be this much fun. I could hardly put the book down.
Donna M.
Marketing and Communications Manager
A fun and funny adventure that shovels out the laughs in huge slings. I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in intelligent comedy.
Jamie M.
Reviewer for Reader's Favorite
"You made me get so emotionally involved, I seriously couldn't stop reading. What a wonderful gift you have for being able to bring the reader right into the places in your books and then being able to see them in their own minds and imagine exactly what everything and everyone looks like. Thanks for sharing your gift. I love the Tinman Series."
The upbeat style of writing, the proliferation of humor, and the constant action make this book hard to put down. My attention—and I mean my whole attention—was drawn to these pages. Then the laughter was nonstop. There are all kinds of storytellers, but Marc J. Reilly is out to just entertain readers and there is no doubt that he knows how to do it.
Romuald D.
Reviewer for Reader's Favorite

Book One: Posse of Thieves

Who could have imagined those old Indian baskets they stole when they were kids were made by world-renowned weaver, Dat So La Lee, and are now worth a million bucks each. What a crying shame they just gave them away for nothing back then. Aargh. Now, thirty-five years later, Tinman and the Posse want them back. Hey, don’t laugh. This is no joke!
But it sure is funny to watch them take on crazed museum guards, impregnable security systems and
an historic run of rotten luck.

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Book Two: Shady Deal

Still reeling from the abominable basket burglary in Posse of Thieves, Tinman and his Posse have their sights set on a collection of rare coins, originally owned by eccentric Reno millionaire, LaVere Redfield. But to pull off the heist, they first have to deal with an uncrackable safe, the FBI, and—parents? Chaos ensues, absurdity abounds, and the laughs roll on as the Tinman comedy caper saga continues.

Book Three: Calling the Shots

Flush from their rare coin score in Shady Deal, the Posse goes on a road trip. They cross paths with an egomaniacal pop star with money to burn, and a new caper is hatched. With help from a gang of geriatric eco-saboteurs and a mysterious mountain man, Tinman and his crew of crooks embark on their zaniest heist ever.

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Tinman Series Cartoon safecracker
Tinman Series cartoon pickpocket
Tinman Series Cartoon thief with flashlight
Tinman Series cartoon thief dangles from a rope.

Who's Who in the Tinman Series

Tinman Series Cartoon burglar peering around a door.

The Posse


De facto leader of the Posse, he is stuck in the middle of a seemingly never-ending mid-life crisis. His career as a high-stakes pool hustler has tanked, leaving him with no alternative but to turn to a life of crime. Finding himself totally inept as a burglar, he relies on his keen intellect to plan the gang’s heists. As an inveterate hypochondriac and pessimist, he is convinced if something can go wrong, it will. And so it usually does.


Polar opposite of his fraternal twin brother, Tinman, he is optimistic to a fault, happy-go-lucky and fun-loving. Originally a stickup man, he has evolved into a top-notch safecracker and cat burglar—and he really, really loves his job. A bona fide babe magnet, he can steal the hearts of women as effortlessly as he can relieve them of their jewelry.


Eldest of the Posse, he is an elite con artist who fell from grace when the Big Con faded in the 1950’s. He helped raise Tinman and Peach, and proudly considers himself one of their adopted uncles. He is the criminal sage of the group, making certain everyone follows proper thief etiquette.


Catfish’ lifelong partner in crime, he is considered a class cannon, one of the few remaining master pickpockets who turn bodily theft into an art form (as long as his arthritis isn’t acting up). He, too, helped raise Tinman and Peach after they were orphaned at birth. As an adopted uncle, he makes sure the brothers are true to their thieves’ blood by always taking the crooked path.


As a professional poker player, she takes no prisoners. She was a bombshell as a young woman, and even now as a septuagenarian has the kind of lure that can drive most happily married men to infidelity. Honesty is not her strong suit, so it’s always best to assume she has an ace up every sleeve.


Youngest member of the Posse, he is a computer whiz with a taste for crime. Despite being cheeky and often rash, he has endeared himself to his mentors, and brings a high-tech advantage to many of their capers. Tinman secretly considers him to be his adopted son.

The Irregulars

Jahllo – The gang’s fence who’s a bigger thief than the thieves themselves.

Amber – A brassy bartender at the local pool hall. Secretly has the hots for Tinman.

Rudy – General of a can-collecting army of homeless people. All-purpose foot soldier for the Posse.

Angel – A Guatemalan albino, nicknamed, Angel of Death. Brought in when the gang needs muscle.

Malice – A Samoan behemoth, and Angel’s partner. Also used for muscle.

Tinman Series Funny cartoon thief running with a sack of money.
Tinman Series Cartoon Femme Fatale bombshell in red dress
Tinman Series Cartoon thief at a computer desk
Tinman Series Greedy cartoon thief stealing coin
Tinman Series Cartoon bully with a menacing look.