- Series: A Las Vegas Serial Novel
- Paperback: 143 pages
- Publisher: Stephens Press LLC (November 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935043161
- ISBN-13: 978-1935043164
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,925,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Restless City (A Las Vegas Serial Novel) Paperback – November 7, 2009
From the Back Cover
In Restless City, a serial novel written by seven different Las Vegas authors, private eye Daniel Brady takes a routine job for a high-rolling gambler that turns into a dangerous journey into the dark recesses of Sin City. This fast-paced mystery, which pays homage to crime noir pioneers Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, propels readers from the seedy streets of downtown Las Vegas to the posh suites of the Strip. Along the way, Brady must untangle a web of intrigue, distinguishing fantasy from reality in a city that thrives on illusions. Each writer pushes Brady deeper into a conspiracy in which he encounters a rich cast of characters, reflecting the diverse palette of Las Vegas.
The authors who participated in this project, sponsored by the 2009 Vegas Valley Book Festival, represent a who's who of the Las Vegas literary scene. They are H. Lee Barnes, John H. Irsfeld, Brian Rouff, Leah Bailly, John L. Smith, Constance Ford, and Vu Tran, with Geoff Schumacher serving as editor. Restless City is the first title published by CityLife Books, an imprint of Stephens Press.
About the Author
Vu Tran Vu Tran's stories have appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories 2009, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007, The Southern Review, Glimmer Train, Fence, and other publications. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Schaeffer Fellow in Fiction at UNLV, where he currently teaches literature and creative writing. His first novel, This or Any Desert, is forthcoming from WW. Norton & Company.
John H. Irsfeld John H. Irsfeld is a longtime UNLV English professor and member of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. He is the author of several novels and story collections, including Night Moves (2007), Radio Elvis and Other Stories (2002), Rats Alley (1987) Little Kingdoms (1976) and Coming Through (1975).
H. Lee Barnes Barnes has published more than thirty short stories and is author of the collections Gunning for Ho (2000), Talk to Me, James Dean (2004), and Minimal Damage(2007), as well as the novel The Lucky (2003) and a work of nonfiction, Dummy up and Deal (2005). He will be inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in November 2009.
Brian Rouff When he's not writing articles, screenplays and Las Vegas-based novels such as Dice Angel (2002) and Money Shot (2004), he runs Imagine Marketing, an advertising and public relations firm in Henderson.
Leah Bailly Leah Bailly's work has appeared in publications such as Prism, subTerrain, Room, Forget and Parlour Magazine, and her nonfiction was recently nominated for an Alberta Literary Award for travel writing.
John L. Smith A fourth-generation Nevadan, John L. Smith is an award-winning columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the author of eleven nonfiction books, including Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn.
Constance Ford Constance Ford is the original Schaeffer Fellow at UNLV, where she earned her Ph.D. in English. Ford's short stories have been published in several literary magazines. Her story "Little Bird" was a finalist for the 2005 Nelson Algren Award.
Geoff Schumacher (Editor) Geoff Schumacher is an author, columnist, book editor and newspaper executive. He is the editor of CityLife Books, an imprint of Stephens Press. Schumacher has authored two works of history: Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue (2008) and Sun, Sin & Suburbia: An Essential History of Modern Las Vegas (2004).
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Naturally it's set in Las Vegas, and each author brings his or her own personal view of the seediness, corruption and outlandish displays of wealth. These guys are insiders, they know their town. And, in a way, it is Las Vegas itself that is the main character in this book. But it does include a private eye, a hard-edged guy named Brady who has given up liquor but has not given up his curiosity. Of course there's a murder, a wealthy high roller, several beautiful women and a bunch of corrupt individuals, all willing to do anything for a buck. The plot was convoluted but made sense and was easy to follow to its inevitable conclusion.
This is a rather fun escapist book. And it must have been fun for the seven writers to write.