Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas

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Huntington Press, 2009 - Social Science - 281 pages
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Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas 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's 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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As for his writing style, I saw no problem with it. - Goodreads
What terrible writing. - Goodreads
Interesting story; mediocre writing. - Goodreads
Yuck! Go take a writing class, dude! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Melanie - Goodreads

There were parts that went off on historical ramblings that had nothing to do with the story and seemed boring. But it was an interesting read. Read full review

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User Review  - Carol Sauer formica - Goodreads

It was interesting to read about the people in the tunnels and what got them there, why they stay, etc. I just felt like each chapter was pretty much the same as the previous one, and the whole story ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Matthew O’Brien is an author and journalist who’s lived in Las Vegas since 1997. His first book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, chronicles his adventures in the city’s underground flood channels, which he explored for more than four years with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton for protection. His second book, My Week at the Blue Angel: And Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas, is a creative-nonfiction collection set in off-the-beaten-path Vegas. He’s the founder of Shine a Light, a community project that provides housing, drug counseling, and other services to the people living in the drains.

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