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

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

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by Matthew O'Brien
     
 
Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, Las Vegas CityLife writer and editor Matthew O’Brien explored the black-and-gray underworld of the Las Vegas flood-control system for four years. Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas chronicles O’Brien’s adventures in subterranean Las Vegas. He follows in the

Overview

Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, Las Vegas CityLife writer and editor Matthew O’Brien explored the black-and-gray underworld of the Las Vegas flood-control system for four years. Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas chronicles O’Brien’s adventures in subterranean Las Vegas. He follows in 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. Beneath the Neon has garnered widespread international media attention from TV networks including ABC, CNN, ZDF (Germany), MBC (South Career), Al Jazeer (Arab news network), plus BBC radio, and publications including New York Times, LA Times, The Independent (U.K.), The Sun (UK), plus online outlets including The Daily Drudge and Suicide Girls.

Editorial Reviews

E! Online - Anonymous Blogger
“Nothing short of fascinating… With stark black and white photography, a noir-ish narrative voice and the unrelenting creepiness of the world beneath the Las Vegas Strip and beyond, O’Brien has crafted a compelling debut.”
Publishers Weekly - Anonymous Editor
"The photos capture the inhabitants of these bleak encampments. Continually contrasting the sparkling casinos above with the dank, cobwebbed catacombs below, the observant O’Brien writes with a noirish flair, but his compassion is also evident as he illuminates the lives of these shadowy subterranean dwellers."
The Write Stuff - Alan Petrucelli
“O’Brien’s notes from the Vegas underground have a resonance, beauty and humanity seldom felt as strongly, or described and illustrated so well. These drains, like the catacombs of ancient Rome, have stories that will make you smile and break your heart.”
beautifuldecay.com - Beautiful Decay
"[O'Brien] takes you on a dizzying trip through the various drains to meet the people that live, party, and sometimes die in the tunnels. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever broken into an abandoned building, explored dirty sewers, hopped freights across the country, or enjoys a late-night stroll into the unknown. More than just a documentation of one's experience in the storm drains, Beneath the Neon is equal parts Las Vegas history book, drunken biography, and psychological thriller."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929712956
Publisher:
Huntington Press
Publication date:
12/03/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
959,593
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

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. For more info on Matt and his books, visit www.beneaththeneon.com.

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Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas 2.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Like a showgirl as she's undressing in the morning, wiping off her face without really washing the colors off. I could not look away, or stop reading once I started. Would highly recommend to anyone with eyes.
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