Tanner Stransky
February 15, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Storming Las Vegas

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
John Huddy
publisher
Ballantine
genre
Nonfiction,

We gave it an B

Like a real-life Danny Ocean, Cuban-born gangster Jose Vigoa ransacked Sin City’s strip during a two-year crime spree in the late ’90s. But instead of cracking vaults with tech smarts, he and his cronies took AK-47s to the armored Brink’s trucks picking up cash from the Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay. It took five heists — and a double homicide — before Vegas police took Vigoa down. In Storming Las Vegas, John Huddy draws surprising sympathy for the meticulous crime boss, painting Vigoa as a child who grew up too fast, a businessman, a father, and a drug lord. The result is a thought-provoking, demented Horatio Alger story. B

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