THIEF! The Gutsy, True Story of an Ex-Con Artist

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THIEF! character, Vince Eli

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Q & A ANSWER Felons and Las Vegas

Question: Can you work in a casino if you have a felony conviction?

Answer: Right now, it appears only Nevada allows a convicted felon to work in a casino, depending on the discretion of the casino, but it’s getting increasingly rare, as competition for jobs is tough. All key casino employees in Las Vegas have been required to carry a sheriff's card since 1947. If the background check reveals the applicant has a record of repeated criminal activities, that person is denied a sheriff's card and cannot work in the casinos.

Other states conduct at least a 10-year background check which takes, on average, 3 months. If they discover you have a felony, you’re fired. Some casinos also spring unannounced drug screenings on their employees, literally escorting them from work to the bathroom to “pee in a cup.”

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Q & A QUESTION? Felons and Las Vegas

Question: Can you work in a casino if you have a felony conviction?

Check back in a few days for the answer.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Book Signing a Success!

The Reading Room's manager at Mandalay Place, Debra Belcoff (top; center), deemed the signing such a success, she invited Slick back after his interview with George Knapp! If you missed the event, THIEF! is still available at the Reading room.


Visit Slick today, Sunday, at the Borders Book Store in the Meadows Mall. Slick is signing THIEF! at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Just a reminder. Slick signs THIEF! at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Check out the giant LED signs on the Strip and highway for Slick's photo and details of the event!

Place: The Reading Room at Mandalay Place, Las Vegas
Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 2:00 p.m. - ?

If you can't make that date, visit Slick at the Meadows Mall, Las Vegas
Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Be sure to get your signed copy of THIEF! before Slick's interview with multi award-winning reporter, George Knapp!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Back-to-Back Book Signings!

This is THIEF's most important book signing to date. Look for Slick's photo on Mandalay Bay's giant LED signs on the Strip and highway locations announcing the event.

Place: The Reading Room at Mandalay Place, Las Vegas
Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 2:00 p.m. till books run out. (Better arrive early!)

If you just can't make that date, you have another chance the very next day to have Slick sign your copy of THIEF!

Place: Borders Book Store in the Meadows Mall, Las Vegas
Date: Sunday, February 18
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Exclusive Interview!

Yours truly reveals what it was like working with Slick, a guy who lived life in the fast lane while everyone else was still looking for the on-ramp, in an interview with Women on Writing magazine editor, Angela Mackintosh. Check it out:

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Las Vegas THEN & NOW

Then: In 1905 Las Vegas prostitution moved to the red light district, or Block 16 as it was called, catering mostly to railroad employees. But sex for sale had already been around for at least fifty years in Nevada.

Now: Legal prostitution (note emphasis) was outlawed in Clark County, the home of Las Vegas, since 1971. In a bold move to lock out all competitors to the casinos, the state legislature outlawed prostitution in every county with a population exceeding 250,000. That meant Las Veas became off limits.

It’s still legal to peddle sex in nearby counties such as Nye where the world famous Chicken Ranch and Sheri’s Ranch, a half-mile up the road, run a brisk trade.

(Check out THIEF! for Slick's inside scoop on The Chicken Ranch and Sheri's Ranch.)