Beneath the neon : life and death in the tunnels of Las Vegas

by O'Brien, Matthew.

Format: Print Book 2007
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 979.3135 O26
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  979.3135 O26
The catacombs of ancient Rome served as houses of worship for Jews and Christians. The sewers of Paris yielded gold, jewels, and relics of the revolution. A slave trade thrived in underground chambers along Portland, Oregon's waterfront. Ukrainian Jews found refuge from the Nazis in a system of caves. And thousands of street people have lived in the subway tunnels of New York City. What secrets do the Las Vegas storm drains keep? What discoveries wait in the dark? What's beneath the neon? Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, Las Vegas CityLife writer and editor Matthew O'Brien explored the black-and-grey underworld of the Las Vegas flood-control system for four years. This book 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 is 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.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In 2002, as managing editor of the alternative weekly, Las Vegas CityLife, O'Brien was intrigued when a murderer eluded police by vanishing into the Vegas flood-control system. After O'Brien and CityLife contributor Josh Ellis explored half a dozen storm drains, their adventures attracted such attention on the Internet that the publication's Web site scored a million hits in a day. By then, O'Brien was convinced "there were secrets to be discovered beneath the neon." His first discovery was that, despite the dangers, homeless men and women were living in the tunnels. How did they wind up there? Returning with a tape recorder and flashlight, he interviewed the storm-drain denizens, finding one sleeping in an elevated bed suspended above the watery floor, another residing in a plywood hut and some in the cool tunnels just to escape the heat. 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. (June 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Homeless persons -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Homelessness -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Underground areas -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Tunnels -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Economic conditions.
Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Social conditions.
Publisher Las Vegas, NV :Huntington Press,2007
Language English
Description 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-281).
ISBN 9780929712390 (pbk.)
0929712390 (pbk.)
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