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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159691615X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596916159
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,973,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Clunky pacing and cartoonish characters weigh down Vincent's third crime thriller, set in Las Vegas in 1980. Amid efforts by Nick Conti, the producer and chief writer of The Strip, a popular PI TV series, to keep the local Mafia from interfering and getting a cut of the show's action, Conti finds time to do it all. He negotiates with Hollywood moguls, soothes wounded TV star egos, offers his irresistible self up to fawning actresses and slugs it out with mobsters with names like Carlo and Fats. The rapid-fire two- and three-page chapters give the book a cut-and-paste feel that may work on film, but leaves readers with too little explanation for what just happened. Worse, most of the characters talk the same way—clipped, jaded and very, very with it. Himself a former writer and producer at Spelling Productions, Vincent (Mafia Summer) includes many real-life details and personages from Vegas's past, but the result is a story that reads like a superficial TV script. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

This stand-alone novel from television producer and novelist Vincent (Mafia Summer, 2005, and Black Widow, 2008) is set in Las Vegas in 1980. Nick Conti is the producer of The $trip, a popular private-eye series. When a local mobster tries to extort protection money from the show, Nick must draw on his own family’s connections to the Kansas City mob to protect both the show and his own life. Vincent takes the best thing about his two previous novels—his portrayal of American organized crime from the point of view of a guy who just wants to live his own life—and combines it with something he knows intimately, the world of television production. The novel is broken into very brief chapters (94 of them), a device that keeps the production moving at a brisk clip. In addition,Vincent tells the story mainly through dialogue, keeping expository narrative passages to the bare minimum (imagine a screenplay in prose form). Fans of novels set in the television milieu will definitely want to read this one. --David Pitt

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Karr VINE VOICE on October 3, 2010
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It is 1980 and Nick Conti is the producer for the hit TV show, The $trip, which is filmed in Las Vegas. Trouble arrives when a small-time Mafioso, named Strozzi, promises problems for Nick's show unless the mobster gets a weekly payoff. Further trouble arrives when Nick begins dating a former girlfriend of his who now happens to be the girlfriend of the mafia's big man in Vegas, Allie Saltieri.

The $trip has all the ingredients of a fun novel. It just falls flat. The characters are of the stock variety, with no depth. The story is told mainly through dialogue with hardly any description. I think the $trip is supposed to be funny, but there aren't too many laughs as you make your way through the book. If you want to read a crime novel with some elements of humor, stick with Elmore Leonard or even Tim Dorsey.
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By Ennie on December 6, 2013
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Vegas is the setting, specifically heavily Mob-influenced Vegas. A TV producer with a shady background of his own back in the Midwest deals with mobsters, blackmail, fast women, and snoopy reporters. Of course this is totally fiction, and there are no real people anything like this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James on December 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a sucker for Mafia related books and Duke Vincent has written two of my recent favorites, MAFIA SUMMER and BLACK WIDOW.

This time he turns his attention to Las Vegas circa 1980, and the adventures of a TV producer Nick Conti who is shooting his hit series THE STRIP on location in Vegas.

When a local mobster tries to shake down Conti and Conti stands up to him, the chips hit the fan.

Conti has to juggle the mob, an old girlfriend, the Hollywood tycoon he works for and the cast and crew of his TV show in this exciting, sexy, fun read.

Vincent was a Hollywood producer, and one of the shows he lists in his biography is VEGAS. Which made me wonder as read I THE STRIP, how much was real and how much was fiction.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas N. Warner on January 30, 2009
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Las Vegas, Hollywood, The Mob and an irresistible love story combine to make this a fascinating, fast paced read. The novel takes place in 1980 during the last years of organized crime's ownership and control of Vegas hotels and casinos and is a historically accurate picture of what was transpiring at the time. Many actual Mafia figures are part of the story and Vincent uses their real names as they interplay with his riveting and colorfully drawn fictional characters.
Nick Conti is the creator, head writer and executive producer of a smash hit television show starring a Las Vegas private eye. The series is being produced by Altman Productions, owned by Sam Altman, the most famous and successful television producer in Hollywood. A Chicago mobster sees an opportunity to extort thecompany and Conti, who has his own carefully concealed Mob connections, goes head to head with him in a story filled with surprising twists and turns. This is one of the best of the genre.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bennett Barbakow on February 17, 2009
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An amazing book. Reads like a movie - the pace moves you through at a sprint, and I was hungry till the end. Underground Vegas, the Mob, Hollywood, and a little taste of Love... Damn it's a good one - I wouldn't be surprised if someone makes it into a feature film...
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