Raised in a geologically idyllic rural community along the Wisconsin River, Joe Schoenmann moved to Las Vegas in 1997 to get a taste of city reporting after covering the mostly incorruptible government and low crime of his home state. A multiple award winner for newspaper and magazine stories, this is his first book. He lives in one of Las Vegas’ original neighborhoods in the downtown area.
A rare Nevada native, Wendy Mazaros spent her early years “playing out in the desert with my brothers, chasing lizards, catching snakes, and digging caves”. At fifteen, she fell into the arms of Ted Binion, heir-apparent of the Binion’s Horseshoe Club family. Binion passed her off to Tom Hanley; a man she would marry, and later learn was a hitman for the mob. Today, Wendy makes her home in the Las Vegas suburbs, and enjoys a wide circle of family and friends.