I found this book a real page turner. It is the compelling story of a man's descent into hell. Life in the fast lane of Las Vegas is a life fueled by gambling, loss, drugs, with the only saving grace to be that of friendship. Jay survives in this world due to his natural abililites to perform, his intelligence, his extraordinary stamina. This story gives an accurate picture of Las Vegas life, something I only experienced once as a very young child. How I judge a book is often by what I learn from a book, and I learned that one man can survive in an hostile environment, against all odds. It is a story of challenge and desparation and is an analogy for the American way of life, one where the individual strives to succeed. I spent a day reading this book, from morning until night, on a cold and rainy day here in Melbourne and it affected me enormously. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the underlife, what happens, and one man's story. A very powerful book.