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Under The Neon Sky [Kindle Edition]

Jay Rankin
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This gripping true story is about a Las Vegas doorman who works the graveyard shift at the MGM Hotel. The sights and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey down, down into the belly of the city that never sleeps. We watch as this doorman begins to emotionally break and wonder if he will become broken seeing his friends, his wife, hotel guests, and himself cross too many lines in a city without boundries.

Editorial Reviews


Amazon Reviews:   A great read!"
- S. Fishman
 Jay Rankin commands words like a gifted painter wields a brush.
- Daniel C. Flurry, "Doc F
 Jay's experiences in Vegas are real. Highly recommended!" - Barbara Brabec -
 "... feeling the heat of the Vegas lights on my face while I read each word.  - Stacey Pierce

Product Details

  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Jay Rankin Publishing (October 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YQ2WUY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Before Planning your trip to Las Vegas July 25, 2010
Under the Neon Sky: A Las Vegas doorman's Story by Jay Rankin is a fascinatingly horrifying book wirtten by the man who was for six years the doorman for MGM Grand Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. Rankin, who had earlier careers as both a police officer and as a professional counselor, took the job because he heard it was a highly coveted position for which hundreds applied because the doorman of a large hotel casino in Sin City makes a lot of money. He tells graphically many true events and happenings that he was exposed to through the years, the temptations, the horrors of behavior he witnessed in employees, visitors, and casino management. The book is a sad exposure of the underbelly of the most glamorous cities in the world, where no rules apply and people leave their reality behind when they enter the city. For employees it is a hellish life which gives great monetary tips and perks but is not worth the personal toll physically, mentally, emotionally, and on their marriages and other relationships, even the relationship with themselves. The book is really well written, very interesting. I highly recommend it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars under the neon sky June 27, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
you can't be outside the industry,and truthfully relate to Mr Rankins book. With almost 30 yrs in the business, every page is true to form. The days when the mob ran the casinos to Las Vegas becoming a corporate mongel. We in the industry are now just a number,where any day can be our last. There are a thousand people waiting for our jobs,and by the stroke of a pen,mangement will let you go and hire the next schmuck.The days of getting dressed up for an evening of shows and dinner have been replaced by the college kid who scantly walks thru the main entrance to hit nude pools.To all of us that have been trained to provide the best possible customer service,and be treated by these corporate mogels with little or no repect I say just suck it up and watch your P's and Q's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite A Story April 30, 2013
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Jay Rankin spent several years working as a doorman at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. As the first point of contact with the public, hotels are quite picky about their doormen, and the author tells of his experiences dealing with customers and hotel management. He also relates details of his personal life during this time.

=== The Good Stuff ===

* Rankin is a reasonably good story teller, and is not afraid to bare his own soul in the process. The author goes through some very tough times, and deals with some very serious issues with both his family and friends. For the most part, the tale is not a happy one.

* The author captures the environment of the MGM hotel quite well. We get a glimpse of the confusion and mayhem surrounding a professional boxing match, see the constant 24/7 hubbub that is life in front of a major Vegas hotel, and get a look a tthe politics and squabbles of first line management at a casino.

* There are a few interesting Vegas tales mixed in with the narrative. We meet a Japanese millionaire who needs to borrow a couple bucks to pay for a cab ride back to the airport; a high-roller who drops $1000 tips, and another high-roller whose idea of a good tip for a host is to pay off her mortgage. Only in Vegas.

=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===

* The tale just goes on for too long. It becomes more a soap opera than a story of a Vegas doorman, with broken marriages, substance abuse and worse. After reading through pages and pages of the trials and tribulations of the characters it got to the point where I just didn't care about the main characters anymore. In fact, I was sick of them.

* The book is relatively short- I ended up reading it in one or two days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick compelling read of the casino world December 30, 2010
By sstaka
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a resident of LV, it's very common to know someone who works at a casino. However getting the inside story of what goes on behind the scenes at a LV casino as a doorman, it was a page turner! Residents and visitors only get to see the surface of these casino jobs, the glitter, fast paced excitement of life on the "strip," but this book tells all. Not the very least surprising to encounter sex, lies, drugs, divorce, corruption and death in a book about LV, I couldn't put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story of hell and redemption October 16, 2010
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Donna Cazaubon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Just reading what a LV doorman goes ...
Great read. Just reading what a LV doorman goes through was amazing. I'll look at them with a different perspective
next trip to Vegas.
Published 7 days ago by Nicholas M. Muro
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment.
Interesting but barely a page turner. I would recommend it - but only to someone familiar with Las Vegas life and/or the fascination of a Las Vegas casino/hotel employee.
Published 12 days ago by Grace Dreyer
2.0 out of 5 stars I love visiting Las Vegas
I love visiting Las Vegas, so I took a chance on this book. What a bummer. The writing is so-so, the story is dry and very dark. Read more
Published 12 days ago by T. Makaneole
3.0 out of 5 stars outside of that the book was good.
Some of the name people's names were wrong.missed a few details.outside of that the book was good.
Published 29 days ago by charlie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good story, but more about doorman than Las Vegas.
Published 1 month ago by Gloria W. Coleman
2.0 out of 5 stars but he's such a bad, repetitive
The story of this guy's experience should be interesting, but he's such a bad, repetitive, unfocused writer that it is painful to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Great insight into his life as a doorman and the struggles of living in Vegas
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Westbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a really good read for a Vegas bound traveler.
Published 4 months ago by A. Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i joyed reading it i like reading anything out las vegas
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More About the Author

I've had amazing jobs in my life: I am a father to my nine year old son who is my heart, my soul. I worked as a bouncer in a Country & Western nightclub. I was a probation officer for Los Angeles County in the detention camp system. I worked my way through college as a Psych. Tech inside locked units in psychiatric hospitals. I received my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. I then worked for 6 years as the late night doorman at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. From my perspective, with a background in Psychology, I had to write about the experience of working in the eye of a las Vegas hurricane. My book, Under The Neon Sky....A Las Vegas Doorman's Story won the National Indie Excellence Award, The National 'Best Books' 2010 Awards as 'Finalist', and The 2011 International Book Award in the memoir category. For more information visit where you can download my fist chapter for free.


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