Living It Up and Doubling Down
Dell, Paperback, 9780440509097, 352pp.
Publication Date: November 7, 2000
From seedy strip clubs to sprawling suburbs, from the sumptuous Bellagio to the Liberace Museum, Martinez meets a host of colorful characters...gathering tricks of the trade from blackjack dealers and fellow bleary-eyed gamblers, attending Easter Sunday mass on the Strip, befriending a family man who raised six kids while losing eight million dollars as a sports gambler. An exhilarating joyride of a read, 24/7 is a breathless tour of America's Sin City...as seen through the eyes of a man making $1.65 million in wagers in a single month. Guess how much he took home?
"A colorful glimpse of the sometimes sordid, sometimes spectacular capital of capital risk."
"A whiz-bang book...call it pop sociology, gonzo journalism, or social criticism: It's all good fun...[Martinez] is a sharp and witty observer...he has a delicious sense of irony."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"A quality package tour through [the] new Las Vegas...Martinez is a thorough reporter and a wittily personable cicerone."
-- The Boston Globe
"Entertaining--A funny and perceptive account."
-- The New York Book Review