Beneath the Neon

Beneath the Neon

Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas

By Matthew O'Brien; Danny Mollohan (Photographer)

Huntington Press, Paperback, 9780929712390, 281pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2007

The catacombs of ancient Rome served as houses of worship for Christians. When surveyed in the early 1800s, the sewers of Paris yielded gold, jewels, and relics of the revolution. And thousands of people lived in the subway and train tunnels of New York City in the 1980s and 90s.
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, Las Vegas CityLife writer-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 subterranean Vegas. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He braces against a flood. He parties with naked crack-heads. 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.

About the Author
Matthew O'Brien is an author and journalist who's lived in Las Vegas since 1997. 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.