finalist and they graciously gave my book a FIVE STAR REVIEW!
"Every so often, readers come across stories and characters that are so unlikely as to be unbelievable. This is one of those stories – but, remarkably, it’s all true. Andy Martello was visiting Las Vegas with his wife when they decided to stop in at a dusty museum off the main drag. Martello’s wife pointed out a faded black-and-white photograph that bore the couple’s same last name: it was the author’s first acquaintance with the El Rey Club, a notorious Nevadan gambling and entertainment destination that got its start in the 1940s. Run by Willie Martello, this was a place where celebrities came to get away. In fact, the El Rey Club was so successful in diverting money away from the Las Vegas joints that it began to attract untoward attention. The club’s association with the Mafia led to Martello’s muddy reputation, dragging his story down into the depths of American history until one author had the happenstance to drudge it back up.
The research & collecting of photos and memorabilia from the El Rey Club never stops! Please contact me at 702-465-5604 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have stories or memorabilia to share.