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The Delivery Man by Joe McGinniss Jr.
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Nov 02, 2008

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For many, after about three days in Las Vegas you've had your fill and are happy to be going home. You tell yourself you've broken even or came out ahead a couple hundred, when probably the opposite is true. This is the story of a group of friends who don't go home, who live and work in Vegas,
often on their backs. They do more drugs before 9:00am than most people do all day -- or all their lives (to paraphrase an old Army commercial).

Chase is The Delivery Man, having given up a once-promising art career to make quick bucks by delivering 'very young' call girls between glitzy hotels on the strip to endless, seedy apartment complexes spread across the desert. He's working with a tight-knit group of friends, and at first the money flows and the drugs and booze are good. But they soon discover that it's not so easy giving up the life once the party's over and the summer sun fades. They have dreams about starting over somewhere else, but only vague dreams.

The Delivery Man updates the "Bright Lights Big City"
and "Less Than Zero" era of the 1980's. The characters have seen it all and done it all by age 25 and now where do they go? As a reader, you're wondering when they'll hit bottom or if there even is a bottom to hit in Las Vegas. And then you
get there.


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