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The catacombs of ancient Rome served as houses of worship for Christians. When surveyed in the early 1800s, the sewers of Paris yielded gold, jewels, and relics of the revolution. And thousands of people lived in the subway and train tunnels of New York City in the 1980s and and#8217;90s.

What secrets do the Las Vegas storm drains keep? What discoveries wait in the dark? Whatand#8217;s beneath the neon?

Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, Las Vegas CityLife writer-editor Matthew Oand#8217;Brien explored the Las Vegas flood-control system for more than four years.

Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas chronicles Oand#8217;Brienand#8217;s adventures in subterranean Vegas. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He braces against a flood. He parties with naked crack-heads. He learns how to make meth, that art is most beautiful where itand#8217;s least expected, and that there are no pots of gold under the neon rainbow.

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"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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Matthew Oand#8217;Brien is an author and journalist whoand#8217;s lived in Las Vegas since 1997.

His first book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, chronicles his adventures in the cityand#8217;s underground flood channels, which he explored for more than four years with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton for protection.

My Week at the Blue Angel: And Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas is his second book.

Danny Mollohan moved to Las Vegas in 2000 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional photographer. With $300 in his pocket and a Lieca M3 in hand, he made his mark working for several weekly newspapers, showing in local galleries, moonlighting in nightclubs, and roaming the countryside.

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i8pixistix, June 16, 2009 (view all comments by i8pixistix)
Every year for the past several years I've gone to Las Vegas. Through Matthew's descriptions of where he was exploring I feel like I could see in my mind's eye where he was. When I go back again next year I'll be sure to pay more attention when I look out the window. I'm curious, now that it's three years later, what other kinds of things he's discovered "Beneath the Neon." I hope to read more of this author's writing.
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ISBN:
9780929712390
Author:
Obrien, Matthew
Publisher:
Huntington Press
Photographer:
Mollohan, Danny
Author:
Mollohan, Danny
Author:
O'Brien, Matthew
Author:
O'Brien, Matt
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
United States - Pacific - Las Vegas
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Homeless persons
Subject:
Homelessness
Subject:
Las Vegas (Nev.) Economic conditions.
Subject:
Las Vegas (Nev.) Social conditions.
Subject:
Americana-Nevada
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Subject:
Popular Culture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 BandW photos
Pages:
292
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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