Beneath the Neon
Life & Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas
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Beneath the Neon by Matthew O'Brien
Book DescriptionThe catacombs of ancient Rome served as houses of worship for Jews and Christians. The sewers of Paris yielded gold, jewels, and relics of the revolution. A slave trade thrived in underground chambers along Portland, Oregon's waterfront. Ukrainian Jews found refuge from the Nazis in a system of caves. And thousands of street people have lived in the subway tunnels of New York City. What secrets do the Las Vegas storm drains keep? What discoveries wait in the dark? What's beneath the neon? Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, Las Vegas CityLife writer and editor Matthew O'Brien explored the black-and-grey underworld of the Las Vegas flood-control system for four years. This book chronicles O'Brien's adventures in subterranean Las Vegas. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He braces against a raging flood. He parties with naked crackheads. He learns how to make meth, that art is most beautiful where it is least expected, that in many ways, he prefers underground Las Vegas to aboveground Las Vegas, and that there are no pots of gold under the neon rainbow.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780929712390
(175mm x 230mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Huntington Press
Publisher: Huntington Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Shows a side of the city rarely seen; a side of Las Vegas many are curious about but few ever explore. This book includes stories that aren't set in Caesar's Palace or a picture-perfect 2000-seat showroom. They're about prostitutes, ex-cons, and the homeless, set under Caesar's Palace and in trailer parks and weekly motels.
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Author Biography - Matthew O'Brien
Matthew O'Brien was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the Atlanta area. He has lived in Las Vegas since 1997.
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