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Early reviews for this dark, offbeat comedy of two hapless vacationers in Las Vegas trying to stay one step ahead of their hunters—a cross between Pulp Fiction and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, with overtones of Elmore Leonard—have hailed this work as one of the funniest novels ever written.

This offbeat, dark comedy follows John and Ludo, two hapless vacationers in Las Vegas, through a series of misadventures as their world collapses around them and their lives spiral ...

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Overview

Early reviews for this dark, offbeat comedy of two hapless vacationers in Las Vegas trying to stay one step ahead of their hunters—a cross between Pulp Fiction and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, with overtones of Elmore Leonard—have hailed this work as one of the funniest novels ever written.

This offbeat, dark comedy follows John and Ludo, two hapless vacationers in Las Vegas, through a series of misadventures as their world collapses around them and their lives spiral downward into the seedy and treacherous underbelly of Sin City. As the result of a dangerous infatuation with a mysterious woman, this bad-luck and no-luck duo—in just twenty-four hours—find themselves hunted by the mob, FBI, six ferocious killers, police, and the Rat, a psychopathic ex-husband, in a world where nothing is as it seems. And from there, things go downhill—they’re broke, homeless, and wander the streets with no way to get out of town. Bickering every step of the way, they cross paths with eccentric and colorful characters inhabiting the shadows of Las Vegas casinos, strip clubs, and downtown streets. John and Ludo don’t quite know who is who and what is what as they desperately try to keep one step ahead of their pursuers and fulfill one very simple dream—get the hell out of Vegas.

“A fantastic, fast and funny read! The Vegas underbelly as if presented by the Coen Brothers. Bravo!”
—Kevin Pollak, Casino, The Usual Suspects; one of the top 100 comedians of all time (Comedy Central)

“The funniest, truest account of Vegas life I’ve ever read. The verbal exchanges between John and Ludo are priceless. It’s Pulp Fiction meets Pulp Vegas.”
—Jim Mauro, former editor of Spy magazine

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Editorial Reviews

Kevin Pollak
A fantastic, funny and fast read! The Vegas underbelly as if presented by the Coen brothers. Bravo
Jim Mauro
The funniest, truest account of Vegas life I've ever read. The Verbal exchanges between John and Ludo are priceless. "It's Pulp Fiction meets Pulp Vegas."
Edwin Silberstang
"This book ranks with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as an unforgettable comedy, ranking with such classic novels as Catch-22 in its originality and use of humor... brilliant in its use of language."
Arnold Synder
"In Lost in Las Vegas, Avery Cardoza provides the darkest and craziest tour of this craziest of cities ever to see print. I laughed my ass off!"
Gabriel Packard
" Lost in Las Vegas is a roller coaster of a novel that takes the reader on highs, lows, and everything between. Like the city of Vegas itself, it is filled with madcap adventure and fun."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580423137
  • Publisher: Cardoza
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

It took ten years and thirteen excruciating drafts for first-time novelist Avery Cardoza to finish a book he describes as “a book that came out of me of its own volition, but painfully, through a process I hope to never go through again.” Cardoza is the former editor in chief of Player, and he is the multi-million selling author of twenty-one books. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    I loved this book. It's a laugh out-loud story of 2 of the unluc

    I loved this book. It's a laugh out-loud story of 2 of the unluckiest guys you'd never want to hang around with. From the moment the book starts, John and Ludo (our unfortunate protagonists) find themselves with a run of unimaginably bad luck....and it only gets worse from there. I highly recommend "Lost in Las Vegas" by Avery Cardoza for a read you'll find yourself telling all your friends about.Lost in Las Vegas

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

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    Least favorite book of 2011

    I purchased this book with the desire to have an easy read, something that would not require much thought or difficulty to read. Unfortunately, it seems the author didn't put any thought into the book either.

    The dialog is repetitive. The story line goes nowhere. And the narrative tries WAY too hard to be funny.

    The comic elements of this book include fart jokes, unbelievable stupidity and people slipping on banana peels.

    This book would be better executed if you removed 350 pages of it and it was simply a short story. I would not recommend wasting your time with this book.

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