Sixty years ago, the Tropicana opened under Mob’s hidden control | The Mob Museum

To commemorate the April 4, 1957 opening of the Tropicana, I wrote a guest blog post for the Mob Museum: It just so happened that Conquistador’s owner, “Dandy” Phil Kastel, had a long and fruitful partnership with Frank Costello, perhaps the nation’s most infamous gangster in the spring of 1957. For years, Kastel had run … Read more

Grandissimo for sale at the Mob Museum

If you want to buy a copy of Grandissimo next time you’re in Downtown Las Vegas, you don’t have go far. Signed copies of the book—along with my Roll the Bones and Cutting the Wire—are available for purchase in the Mob Museum’s gift shop.

While I think everyone should spend a few hours in the Mob Museum while they are in Las Vegas, you don’t have to enter the museum itself to visit the gift shop. Just walk inside, make a left, and walk on in. The staff is very knowledgeably (I had  a great chat with associate Erin while I was signing the books) and there are plenty of neat items that fit any budget.

The Mob Museum is on 300 Stewart Avenue, just behind the Downtown Grand. For complete directions and parking information, go here.

The coolest thing about delivering the books was that it felt vaguely like I was a rum runner dropping off a shipment of booze. Except I’m guessing most run runners didn’t turn their flashers on while they were doing the deed. 

So books are for sale now, and will be abundantly available for my December 13-14 signing event at the Mob Museum. I would love to see you there if you are in town—it’ll be a chance to say hi and get a personally signed book. 

And even if you can’t make the event, books will be available at the Mob Museum the next time you are in town.

Big Announcement: December Reading at the Mob Museum

After an enthusiastic standing room only launch event, what more can an author ask for?

I don’t know about other authors, but I asked for another chance to read and sign books in Downtown Las Vegas. And I’ve gotten it. In December, I’m going to be spending some time at the Mob Museum:

Author’s Talk to feature nationally known, local gaming expert David G. Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will talk about his newest book Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas, a biography of Jay Sarno, who built Caesars Palace and Circus Circus and helped inspire modern Las Vegas, at the Museum’s next Author’s Talk and book signing set for December 13-14.

So when is all this happening? On Friday, I’ll be hanging out in the retail store, chatting with folks and signing books. What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th? I’ll be there from noon to 4. 

On Saturday, December 14, I’ll be giving a talk and reading at 1 PM in the courtroom, and will be signing books afterwards. The talk is free for museum members (RSVP here) and included in the price of admission for non-members (ticket info here), so come on down if you are in Las Vegas that afternoon. 

I am very excited about this opportunity. I know that you can see me in the Mob Museum anytime thanks to the video displays (and slot machines) that I’m featured on. But this will be a chance to actually talk to me about Las Vegas, history, the Mob, or whatever else comes up. For me, the chance to give a talk in the historic courtroom—well, I’ll have goosebumps, that’s for sure. 

Did I tell you how excited I am about this?

Please show your support for a local, independent author and come to the talk. At the launch, two of Sarno’s children and a former employee showed up to endorse the book and share their stories. Who will be there at this talk? I can’t even imagine, but I promise to give you a glimpse into the life of one of the true visionaries of Las Vegas.

For more information, visit the Mob Museum‘s site.