By Matthew O'Brien
"Continually contrasting the sparkling casinos above with the dank, cobwebbed catacombs below, the observant O'Brien writes with a noirish flair, but his compassion is also evident as he illuminates the lives of these shadowy subterranean dwellers."
- Publishers Weekly
The catacombs of ancient Rome served as houses of worship for Jews and Christians. The sewers of Paris yielded gold, jewels, and relics of the revolution. And thousands of street people lived in the subway tunnels of New York City.
What secrets do the Las Vegas storm drains keep? What discoveries wait in the dark? What's beneath the neon?
Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton for protection, CityLife writer and editor Matthew O'Brien explored the Las Vegas flood-control system for more than four years.
Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas chronicles O'Brien's adventures in this uncharted underworld. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He parties with naked crackheads. He learns how to make meth, that art is most beautiful where it's least expected, and that there are no pots of gold under the neon rainbow.