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Under The Neon Sky...A Las Vegas Doorman's Story

Under The Neon Sky...A Las Vegas Doorman's Story

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by Jay Rankin

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Gripping, true story about a Las Vegas doorman who works the graveyard shift at the MGM Hotel on the Strip. The sights and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey that will transform how we used to envision the city that never sleeps.


Gripping, true story about a Las Vegas doorman who works the graveyard shift at the MGM Hotel on the Strip. The sights and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey that will transform how we used to envision the city that never sleeps.

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Jay has had a very diverse background. He worked his way through college as a psych. tech. inside the locked units of 2 psychiatric hospitals. He has been a Los Angeles County probation officer as well as a bouncer in a Country & Western nightclub. Jay received his Master's Degree in Psychology. In 1993 Jay was hired as the doorman at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas. His shift was from 7 pm to 3 am. Under The Neon Sky, is the winner of three national and international book awards.

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Under The Neon Sky...A Las Vegas Doorman's Story 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a a great read. Jay takes the reader on a journey through Vegas that is exciting and at the same time tragic in many ways. The character development is great and the pace of the book is perfect. Excellent job jay! Highly recommended.
Corkee More than 1 year ago
Having lived in Vegas for many years, I find this book accurate in all Jay writes. Too many people in the service industry are overlooked and they are the ones who provide the experience for the tourist. I work in the service industry and feel like Jay read my mind.
spierce67 More than 1 year ago
I had the extreme pleasure of reading Under the Neon Sky by Jay Rankin, which I highly recommend. This book doesn't read like a non-fiction book but reads like a work of fiction with fragments of Las Vegas history sprinkled in along the way. I love Vegas and this book allowed me to see the Vegas that no tourist gets to see--the bright lights, loud noises walking hand and hand with sin and temptation--a world unknown to most. As Mr. Ranking "craved the energy of the city," I mirrored that excitement as I turned every page feeling the heat of the Vegas lights on my face while I read each word. My only regret was that eventually like Mr. Rankin's life in Vegas, this energy filled book had to come to an end. I look forward to reading another book by Mr. Rankin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you start reading this book you won't want to put it down until it is finished. I am hoping for a sequel to find out what Jay's life is like now and did Mary ever make it out with her child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story! I learned a lot that goes on behind the scenes of The Strip!
beecee More than 1 year ago
As a fairly frequent visitor to Las Vegas, I enjoyed reading it from an insider's view. And not just any insider, but a casino worker. Simeone rworking at what makes Vegas, Vegas.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Las Vegas is a city where anything goes. The stories about things that happen there are legendary. It's not known as Sin City for nothing. The large hotels of Vegas are cities unto themselves, hiring tons of staff to run everything as smoothly as possible. Some of the first people visitors see at the hotels are the doormen. They are considered the "ambassadors" for the hotel. For six years, Jay Rankin was one of them. A doorman at the MGM Grand, Jay worked an overnight shift that marked some of the busiest times for the hotel doormen. While working as a doorman, Jay saw a little bit of everything. At work and at home, he soon discovered that Vegas was a city that could get under your skin in numerous ways. While the money was good, everything around him seemed to be falling apart. He would be forced to choose between Vegas and his life, but that is not as easy a decision as it may seem. I was immediately drawn into this book. It will reaffirm the truth in almost every crazy story you've heard about Vegas and then some. I found the structure of the hotel system fascinating. They really are their own little cities. There are so many people involved in making your visit to Vegas smooth for you, and some of them are definitely characters. However, they are almost always written about with great affection. You can feel that despite everything that happened, the author still has a great love for the people and the city itself. There are some crazy stories about things that happened there. Of course, the wildest night is the one that changes everything for Jay Rankin, the infamous Tyson vs. Holyfield match. Yes, the ear biting one. As he begins to see just what Vegas can do to you, Jay has to make some tough decisions. Despite all the interesting stories, there are a lot of dark aspects to this story. Jay watches as several friends make horrible decisions that get them into even worse positions in life. While he struggles to try and find ways to help them, there is only so much he can do. Even worse is watching Jay's marriage and life spiral out of control. It seems like the more success he has at work. the worse things get at home. Luckily Jay had enough presence of mind to know when it was time for a change. Unfortunately many people he knew did not. I really enjoyed this book. It is a very quick read. It also really made me think. When there is so much craziness around you, is it really possible to keep your balance? At first it seems entirely possible, but as the book goes on you see that maybe this is not doable after all. This book will be of great interest to people who are interested in Las Vegas or just interested in all the wild things that can happen there. And after reading about so many lives falling apart, the ending gives just a bit of hope that some people can escape the insanity. Book provided for review.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
After sitting a day to write the review, I am still on the fence for this one. From one side of the fence, there were a crazy amount of curse words and the language was very crass. But the other side of the fence - this book provided an awesome insider's view of the city that many wish to visit for one reason or another. A doorman for the largest hotel in Las Vegas that within it are held the biggest boxing matches on the same nights of concerts, shows and more. A huge job that at times can be downright overwhelming partly because you are dealing with the public the entire time. I felt for him at his job where his supervisors were conniving and his co workers were deceitful. From his work life to his home life, he was surrounded with destruction. But I wonder and I think he wondered if it was all due to living in Las Vegas? An entertaining story that due to my being in Vegas for a quick work trip helped me see a different view of the city that maybe vacationers don't want to admit to seeing while they are in town. When I go back to vacation, I will definitely have this book in the back of my mind with questions about how well the employees are being treated in such a harsh atmosphere.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
When one works a graveyard shift one has the chance to experience normal events in a very different way as well as get to know the city of Las Vegas with a different perspective. The reader will love the integrated bits of Las Vegas history, told in a way that elevates Las Vegas history from dry to exciting. The author details the story very well, the reader will not be confused and the author's points will come across clearly. This book is a quick read, the reader may finish it in one or two days. The author's life story will be very interesting to the reader, it will be hard to put this book down. The events were fast-paced, there weren't many slow areas in the plot. The author has the ability to allow the reader to look through his eyes and see Las Vegas as he views the city. At times, reading about the author's life and acknowledging that certain events actually happened can make it a bit of a difficult read for readers who don't like anything sad or remotely depressing in books. Overall, the book was certainly intriguing and recommended to adult readers.
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