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Beneath the Neon, e-Book

Beneath the Neon, e-Book

Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, Las Vegas CityLife writer and editor Matthew O’Brien explored the black-and-gray underworld of the Las Vegas flood-control system for four years.

Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas chronicles O’Brien’s adventures in subterranean Las Vegas. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He braces against a raging flood. He parties with naked crackheads. He learns how to make meth, that art is most beautiful where it’s least expected, that in many ways, he prefers underground Las Vegas to aboveground Las Vegas, and that there are no pots of gold under the neon rainbow.

Beneath the Neon has garnernered widespread international media attention from TV newtworks including ABC, CNN, ZDF (Germany), MBC (South Career), Al Jazeer (Arab news network), plus BBC radio, and publications including New York Times, LA Times, The Independent (U.K.), The Sun (UK), plus online outlets including The Daily Drudge and Suicide Girls.

Under Las Vegas: Tunnels Stretch for Miles: abcNews’ “Nightline” follows Matt O’Brien into the tunnels beneath the Las Vegas Strip to meet the people who live beneath the neon.

“O’Brien’s notes from the Vegas underground have a resonance, beauty and humanity seldom felt as strongly, or described and illustrated so well. These drains, like the catacombs of ancient Rome, have stories that will make you smile and break your heart.”Barnstable Patriot, Alan W. Petrucelli THE WRITE STUFF

In 2002, as managing editor of the alternative weekly, Las Vegas CityLife, O’Brien was intrigued when a murderer eluded police by vanishing into the Vegas flood-control system. After O’Brien and CityLife contributor Josh Ellis explored half a dozen storm drains, their adventures attracted such attention on the Internet that the publication’s Web site scored a million hits in a day. By then, O’Brien was convinced “there were secrets to be discovered beneath the neon.” His first discovery was that, despite the dangers, homeless men and women were living in the tunnels. How did they wind up there? Returning with a tape recorder and flashlight, he interviewed the storm-drain denizens, finding one sleeping in an elevated bed suspended above the watery floor, another residing in a plywood hut and some in the cool tunnels just to escape the heat. The photos capture the inhabitants of these bleak encampments. 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

“Nothing short of fascinating… With stark black and white photography, a noir-ish narrative voice and the unrelenting creepiness of the world beneath the Las Vegas Strip and beyond, O’Brien has crafted a compelling debut.”E! Online

“Beneath the Neon accomplishes something most books about Las Vegas do not: It tells us something we didn’t know.”Las Vegas Review-Journal

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About The Author(s)

Matthew O'Brien

Matthew O’Brien is an author and journalist who’s lived in Las Vegas since 1997. His first book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, chronicles his adventures in the city’s underground flood channels, which he explored for more than four years with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton for protection. His second book, My Week at the Blue Angel: And Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas, is a creative-nonfiction collection set in off-the-beaten-path Vegas. He’s the founder of Shine a Light, a community project that provides housing, drug counseling, and other services to the people living in the drains. For more info on Matt and his books, visit

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