My Week at the Blue Angel and Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas

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A rendezvous with a strip-club owner who starts a church based on the writings of Thomas Paine. A savage journey into the heart of Hunter S. Thompson's Las Vegas, with the Good Doctor as guide. A Lord-of-the-Rings-like adventure into the city's underground flood channels. A seven-day stay at a seedy motel on East Fremont Street. The stories in My Week at the Blue Angel aren't about Steve Wynn or Cirque du Soleil, and they aren't set in Caesar's Palace or a picture-perfect 2,000 seat showroom. They're about ...
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A rendezvous with a strip-club owner who starts a church based on the writings of Thomas Paine. A savage journey into the heart of Hunter S. Thompson's Las Vegas, with the Good Doctor as guide. A Lord-of-the-Rings-like adventure into the city's underground flood channels. A seven-day stay at a seedy motel on East Fremont Street. The stories in My Week at the Blue Angel aren't about Steve Wynn or Cirque du Soleil, and they aren't set in Caesar's Palace or a picture-perfect 2,000 seat showroom. They're about prostitutes, ex-cons, and the homeless, set under Caesar's Palace and in trailer parks and weekly motels. In this creative nonfiction collection, Matthew O'Brien and veteran photographer Bill Hughes show a side of the city rarely seen; a side of Las Vegas many locals and visitors are curious about, but few ever explore.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935396413
  • Publisher: Huntington Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 227
  • Sales rank: 804,357
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 11.72 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Where's Jessie? 1

Hunting Hunter 15

The Last Temptation of Larry 37

My Week At The Blue Angel 49

Out On Parole 107

Death Of The Double - Wide 123

Notes From Vegas Underground 135

Belly Of The Beast 161

Wastewater World 183

Another Day On Paradise 205

epilogue 219

bios 228

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  • Posted November 25, 2010

    Read this book!

    For anyone who enjoys reading, this book is a must. Matthew has a way with describing what is around him and what is real with words that will keep you reading and wanting more after The End.
    He gets to the heart of a matter and lets you know just how it is...no glitz or BS, just this is what I see and feel and know, and by gawd if you also are not feeling and seeing what he has put into words.

    I highly recommend this book, along with his first book Beneath the Neon. They are both outstanding works of writing/journalism.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    The average tourist vacationing at Bellagio or Mandalay Bay may

    The average tourist vacationing at Bellagio or Mandalay Bay may not leave Las Vegas Boulevard for the entirety of his or her trip. Most downtown visitors are not likely to venture beyond the magical canopy of the Fremont Street Experience. Luckily for these folks, Vegas resident Matt O'Brien has written this excellent montage of gritty real-life stories to provide a glimpse into corners of the city they probably hadn't previously considered.

    An eye-opening piece on the disruption faced by families when their trailer park changes ownership. An unfiltered look into the life of a paroled murderer trying to start over on the outside. A terrifying and captivating adventure through the storm drains of Las Vegas and the dangers that lurk within. And the centerpiece - a writer's first-hand account of the desperate yet often hopeful tenants at a well-worn weekly motel in a forgotten area of East Fremont Street. All of these thought-provoking narratives and many more await the reader in this compelling and compassionate collection of stories unfit for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority promotional pamphlet.

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