The El Rey Club, Searchlight, NV

The El Rey Club, Searchlight, NV
The El Rey Resort & Casino, Circa 1957-1962

Friday, July 10, 2015

Amazon Review: The King of Casinos is a Rollicking Ride Through the Desert!

"The author has crafted a fascinating and incisive biography of the outrageous and over-the-top Nevada gambler and casino owner, Willie Martello. The book details, with great precision, heart, and humor, the sometimes hardscrabble, and always exciting and glamorous life of Martello, who almost singlehandedly put the dusty desert town of Searchlight, NV. on the map. Filled to overflowing with tasty anecdotes of the wild and wooly times of the impeccably groomed gambling man, the book is further enhanced by DOZENS of super-rare archival and family photos that show Martello comfortably ensconsed in his kingdom of lovers, winners and losers. Andy Martello has succeeded (in spades!) in bringing this important historical figure his just due, and the story literally begs for a future cinematic treatment. Major kudos for a brilliant and entertaining work that I will revisit soon."


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