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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (122 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Huddy Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles | 2/9/2014

    " Quite an intriguing story, considering that it actually happened "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patricia | 1/1/2014

    " Anyone living in Las Vegas; a must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 12/19/2013

    " True crime book - not the best I've read, not the worst. Some of the time it seems like the writer thinks the bad guy (Soviet-trained commando) is cooler than the police who catch him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tbone | 12/5/2013

    " Really interesting book about an immigrant criminal. If you live in Las Vegas or are interested in law enforcement at all you will find this book VERY interesting. I couldn't really put it down once I picked it up and read it quickly. "

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About the Author

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.