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Fool Me Once: Hustlers, Hookers, Headliners, and How Not to Get Screwed in Vegas

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews

Rick Lax was paranoid to begin with. He saw lies everywhere. And when he saw them, he spoke up. But when his girlfriend gets conned by a violent drug dealer,Ânothing RickÂdoesÂseemsÂto help. So what if he misses the next lie? What if spotting them isnât enough to protect against them? What if exposing lies puts him in even more danger?

Terrified of being conned himself,

Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Sep 05, 2011 Zach rated it it was ok
Shelves: las-vegas, 2011-books
Pretty good.

Not wild about the structure of the book, but I enjoyed the author's style. I will probably check out his first book Lawyer Boy.

Good points:
Author has a (most of the time) self effacing, humours approachable style which makes the book very readable.

Characters--He populates the story with individuals (okay not sure if they are real, imagined, or real with a bit of his imagination thrown in) who seem real but also convey a bit about the life of people in the "industry" in Vegas.

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Mar 09, 2011 J.j. Wylie rated it really liked it
For a more detailed review, go to .

Lax's second book, Fool Me Once, tells the story of what drove him to travel to Sin City after taking the bar exam, and, in a word, it's deception. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that the author has some compelling personal reasons for wanting to understand how deception works and why people use it. These reasons stem from deep in Lax's childhood, when he developed a fascination for magic tricks, and they also stem from more contemporary circumstan
Jan 08, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-west
The subtitle to Rick Lax's entertaining and engaging Fool Me Once seems like a marketing ploy to reel in people who bought the special edition DVD of The Hangover on the day it was released. While "Hustlers, Hookers, Headliners and How Not to Get Screwed in Vegas" isn't misleading, it doesn't do the book justice.

At first blush FMO is a memoir about a guy who graduates from law school and goes to Vegas. He meets hookers and bartenders and models, moves in with a show girl, and ends up befriending
Sep 19, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This book was part memoir/part Vegas expose. It was really cute, but I thought he probably could have condensed the part about his life before he moved to Vegas, and expanded the Vegas part. He meets locals of all kinds, and finds out all kinds of neat things about the city, and I would like to hear more about that! He's a writer for a Vegas weekly magazine/paper now, so I guess he is successful at it! Good for him.
Feb 11, 2011 David rated it really liked it
I devoured this quirky little book in one afternoon and evening. Lax has a knack for putting himself into awkward situations just for (I presume) the fun of getting out of them. He also appears to encounter and attract some "only in Vegas" types.

It's a fast and fun read, recommended for anyone who has visited, or intends to visit, "Sin City".
Allison Arvey
May 15, 2012 Allison Arvey rated it really liked it
Lax's writing style really makes you want to continue reading and hear his next adventure. Now that I live in Vegas it's fun to know what and where he is talking about. Great, quick read about Vegas and it's scene.
Mar 15, 2011 Rich rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't very good and the author was not likeable at all.
Sean Hoade
Sep 29, 2012 Sean Hoade rated it it was amazing
More about deception itself than about how to have fun in Vegas, Fool Me Once is a delicious addition to the literature on lies and life. Well done!
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