- Hardcover: 268 pages
- Publisher: jay Rankin (October 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984210903
- ISBN-13: 978-0984210909
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,209,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Under the Neon Sky...a Las Vegas Doorman's Story
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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
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I found parts of the book mildly entertaining, but overall the author came across as self-serving and hypocritical as he chastised characters in the book yet participated in much of the same behavior.
While the book could have been heavier on the abherational behavior of those visiting Las Vegas, it certainly hints at the creed of "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Rankin bares his life and soul, and the reader feels as if he/she is witnessing a slow motion train wreck.
From the back-stabbing behavior of his co-workers, to the quick unravelling of his marriage due to the infidelity and erratic behavior of his wife, it is clear there will be no Hollywood ending to his story in Las Vegas. At the end, he is left friendless, divorced, and unwanted at MGM.
This is part cautionary tale, part sad autobiography. While Rankin gains a measure of redemption at the end, it is unclear whether many readers would want to head to Las Vegas, thinking that this story could not happen to them, or keep a wide berth. The money is enticing, as is the Neon and Glitter. Caveat Emptor.
I would recommend this book as a reality check for any person considering relocation to Las Vegas.
My favorite book about the exciting life of Las Vegas is Andres Martinez's "24/7 - Living it Up and Doubling Down" which captures the big picture observations on this unique city.