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Private Vegas by the numbers

210-plus: Books set in Las Vegas, according to Goodreads.com

Private Vegas: One of the newest, by best-seller James Patterson (described by Vanity Fair as “the Henry Ford of books”) and Maxine Paetro

Eudora Welty: Once said, “Fiction depends for its life on place,” meaning the action and characters should be organic to the setting

361: Pages in Private Vegas

45: Pages in Private Vegas devoted to Vegas

6: Pages in which main character Jack Morgan is actually in Las Vegas

No. 2: Where Private Vegas debuted on the New York Times best-seller list

Okay, this seems kinda Vegasy: For $294,038 and your signature on a waiver, you can have a copy of Private Vegas fitted with an actual bomb for self-destructing. Also included is a helicopter flight to a dormant volcano; the services of a bomb squad; a five-course meal with Patterson; and a pair of gold binoculars.

“Just #&%@! shoot me”: Eudora Welty

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