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Storming Las Vegas
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John Huddy, a network producer and print journalist for three decades, has won two Emmys for editorial writing and on-air commentary and other national awards for producing, newswriting, and documentary filmmaking. Huddy is a former Miami Herald columnist and critic whose print and broadcast subjects have included Charles Manson, Federico Fellini, O. J. Simpson, Steve Martin, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Burt Reynolds. He lives in Granada Hills, California. From the Hardcover edition.

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Network producer and onetime Miami Herald columnist Huddy tells a gripping story of greed, violence, theft and public relations. Las Vegas had just launched its new blitz of advertising-advancing itself not as "Sin City" but as a family-friendly vacation destination-when Jose Vigoa (a Cuban-born commando veteran of the Soviet Army) hit town in the late 1990s. Vigoa and a small crew embarked on a violent 16-month crime wave, targeting some of the Strip's most prominent (and, as Vigoa showed, vulnerable) institutions. A 23-year veteran of the Las Vegas Police Force, Lt. John Alamshaw was charged with finding and capturing the men behind the crime spree-without allowing the robberies to become national news and spoil Vegas's new image. Huddy traces Vigoa's personal history from his childhood in Castro's Cuba to fighting for the Red Army in Afghanistan, his return to Cuba and eventual resettlement in the United States. Then he chronicles the Cuban's increasingly audacious grabs for Vegas riches and his ultimate sentencing to more than 500 years in prison with no possibility of parole. This debut is a must for true-crime enthusiasts. B&w photos. (Feb. 19) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"An amazing and absorbing story . . . [John] Huddy's vivid, visceral prose and lean narrative make reading about this episode of extreme criminal violence much more than a guilty pleasure."--Miami Herald

"Harrowing . . . Storming Las Vegas showcases Mr. Huddy's fine reporting and deft storytelling skill."--Wall Street Journal "A gripping story of greed, violence, theft and public relations . . . a must for true-crime enthusiasts." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Revealing in what it shows about the criminal mind . . . [Huddy has] the perfect blend of skills and experience to tell the story of Vigoa."--Seattle Times

"A total page-turner . . . riveting from beginning to end." --Laura Ingraham, The O'Reilly Factor

"A thought-provoking, demented Horatio Alger story."--Entertainment Weekly

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