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Skin City: Behind the Scenes of the Las Vegas Sex Industryby Jack Sheehan
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Part exposé, part x-rated travel guide — the ultimate insider's look at America's adult playground
Vegas. It's a place where Midwestern couples become uninhibited swingers, where shy schoolgirls morph into sexy strippers pulling in $1,000 a night, and where randy tourists come to score at more than just blackjack and craps. What happens here, stays here — and Vegas nightlife is hotter than it's ever been before.
In Skin City, journalist and longtime Vegas resident Jack Sheehan goes beyond the bright lights to explore the dark thrills of the city's sex industry. Both lurid and fascinating, here is an unabashed look at the stripping, swinging, hustling, and hooking that have turned a desert gaming metropolis into the world's capital of lascivious entertainment. But more than a no-holds-barred exposé, Sheehan's Skin City offers a connoisseur's catalogue of where to go for readers whose tastes run to the erotic — with everything from valuable pointers from lap dancers, call girls, and vice cops to porn star Jenna Jameson's list of her favorite Vegas strip clubs.
"Sheehan (Above Las Vegas) migrated to 'Skin City' in 1976 in pursuit of 'adult fun,' and asserts that Vegas is where America goes to be legally licentious. Yet despite sweet little dice imprints throughout this work, the only gambling he describes is the gambling men (and sometimes women) do with their bank accounts: Vegas's nubile beauties don't come cheap. An hour in a strip club's VIP room costs no less than $400; a hotel room 'escort' starts at $500 and ranges upward. In chapters that read like snappy magazine pieces, Sheehan tours the Strip as well as the strip clubs, swingers clubs, massage parlors and porn conventions. He interviews porn stars turned soccer moms, soccer moms turned dominatrixes and young couples funding their futures with for-profit swinging sessions. Interpolated throughout are tips for sex-driven travelers: how to choose a strip club, what to expect in a lap dance, what to look for in a swinger's club, how to avoid being arrested and even where to go for a good meal. This often tame and oddly old-fashioned erotic travelogue affects an 'oh, my gosh!' attitude that's both endearing and perplexing, given Sheehan's lengthy tenure in the town, but it's an engaging and occasionally shocking voyage." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
After several years of a failed campaign to make Las Vegas family-friendly, Sin City has finally abandoned all pretense, and wholly embraced its hard-earned reputation as the modern day Sodom and Gommorah. Jack Sheehan is the ultimate Las Vegas insider. As a respected journalist and longtime Vegas resident, Sheehan is the perfect writer to uncover the dark underbelly of the Vegas sex industry. Through in-depth interviews and hours of observation, he takes the reader into a world where couples from the midwest become uninhibited swingers, shy schoolgirls graduate to $1,000 a night stripping gigs, suburban mothers look back fondly on their days making serious cash in hardcore porn, and randy tourists support thousands of working girls earning a hard living. His intimate look at the world of porn, stripping, swinging, hustling, and hooking in Las Vegas is an exciting, and at times disturbing, look at one of the world's most premisive and fascinating cities.
Las Vegas never slows down, and it never sleeps. Author Jack Sheehan, as a writer who has lived in Las Vegas for thirty years, he pulls back the curtain of the adult industry and examines the lives of the people give Sin City its naughty reputation. Jack was able to get XXX-rated film stars, the top madam in town, beautiful call girls who command $1,000 per hour and up, swingers, and the most alluring exotic dancers on the Strip to tell him everything, both on and off the job and how anything goes in the arena of sexual self-expression. Skin City discusses his visit to the largest adult video convention in the world, accompanied by a porn star who's appearned in over 300 films, to attend the Adult Video News Awards. It's a story that's never been told about a place that lurks in the fantasies of us all. Its focus is on those whose names will never be on marquees but are the ones who create the legendary mystique of Las Vegas.
About the Author
Jack Sheehan has written eleven books, including The Players: The Men Who Made Las Vegas; Buried Lies: True Tales and Tall Tales from the PGA Tour and Embedded Balls, both with professional golfer Peter Jacobsen; and The Class of '47, a profile of the USNA class from Annapolis that is arguably the most distinguished military class ever. He has sold three screenplays to Hollywood. Sheehan received the Nevada Film Commission Award for Outstanding Screenplay for Buddies, the Western States Outstanding Journalist Award for Feature Writing, and the Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Article in the United States for his essay "The Loneliest Road in America." He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Carol, and two young children, J. P. and Lily.
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