Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip to the Tune of Five World-Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars

By John Huddy
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13.27 Hours 03/01/2008 unabridged
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Immediately gripping and thoroughly harrowing, Storming Las Vegas tells the story of a remarkable true-life crime spree—a story that was previously squashed so as not to disturb tourism—that ultimately proves the saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” On September 20, 1998, a Cuban-born former Red Army lieutenant named Jose Vigoa launched a series of raids on the Las Vegas Strip. During a sixteen-month spree, Vigoa hit five world-class hotels, three armored cars, and one department store. The MGM, the Desert Inn, New York, New York, Mandalay Bay, and the Bellagio were the casinos involved. Lieutenant John Alamshaw, a twenty-three-year veteran in charge of robbery detectives, was ordered to stop the robberies at all costs. He knew he was up against a mastermind—what he didn’t know was that he was running out of time.

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Summary

Summary

Immediately gripping and thoroughly harrowing, Storming Las Vegas tells the story of a remarkable true-life crime spree—a story that was previously squashed so as not to disturb tourism—that ultimately proves the saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”

On September 20, 1998, a Cuban-born former Red Army lieutenant named Jose Vigoa launched a series of raids on the Las Vegas Strip. During a sixteen-month spree, Vigoa hit five world-class hotels, three armored cars, and one department store. The MGM, the Desert Inn, New York, New York, Mandalay Bay, and the Bellagio were the casinos involved.

Lieutenant John Alamshaw, a twenty-three-year veteran in charge of robbery detectives, was ordered to stop the robberies at all costs. He knew he was up against a mastermind—what he didn’t know was that he was running out of time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Harrowing…Storming Las Vegas showcases Mr. Huddy’s fine reporting and deft storytelling skill.” Wall Street Journal
“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
“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
“A thought-provoking, demented Horatio Alger story.” Entertainment Weekly
“A total page-turner…riveting from beginning to end.”  Laura Ingraham, The O’Reilly Factor
“A gripping story of greed, violence, theft and public relations…A must for true-crime enthusiasts.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author Bio: John Huddy

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, news writing, and documentary filmmaking. A former columnist and critic for the Miami Herald, he now lives in Granada Hills, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 13.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English