What Really Happens in Vegas: True Stories of the People Who Make Vegas, Vegas

Little, Brown. Dec. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780316406901. $30. POP CULTURE
Patterson (The 23rd Midnight) takes a break from fiction to uncover unusual facts and tales about Las Vegas in this breezy book coauthored by Seal (Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli). Readers who are curious about high rollers at Caesars Palace or have ever wondered what it’s like to cater to millionaire poker players or work as an Elvis Presley impersonator will enjoy this light history of the so-called Entertainment Capital of the World. Patterson and Seal offer the inside scoop on casinos, shows, wedding chapels, and more. It starts with a group of underground divers who burrow under the city to fix the hydraulic system for the dancing fountains at the Bellagio, and readers will discover that Las Vegas sits on several fault lines. The book also looks at the inner workings of those who live and work in Las Vegas and those who make the city come alive. It reads like a novel, which probably won’t surprise Patterson fans.
VERDICT The combined popularity of the authors and topic should find an eager audiences.
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