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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
The setting of the novel Ticket by Charles Logan is the Las Vegas Strip and it revolves around the lives of a drifter, a stripper, an affluent widow, and a petty drug dealer. Narrated through these different and alternating points of view, Logan ushers his readers into a world of prostitution, sex, pornography, exotic dancing, rape, violence, depression, cocaine addiction, and alcoholism. As the story unravels, we get to know Jack who finds himself stranded in Vegas after he was in a freak car accident that left him almost penniless. Moving from one cheap hotel to the next, he found a minimum wage job, lost it, and ended up as a male prostitute with a cocaine habit. Angie is a single mother of two who works as a stripper and is perennially short of cash. Recently widowed Laura inherited her rich husband’s fortune but happiness eludes her, while Pat is a petty drug dealer who seems to be down on his luck. Their paths will eventually meet with unimaginable consequences.
Charles Logan’s Ticket is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Graphically detailed and descriptive, it is a social commentary on the dark underbelly of a society hidden beneath the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip where sex, alcohol, and drug use are a way of life. Despite the sordidness and filth of the subject matter, the novel is meticulously and beautifully written. Each character is well developed and readers can empathize with most of them, and this is surely a literary achievement. It is a thought-provoking journey into a world that many of us are quick to condemn or choose to ignore. Insightful and enlightening, this is one of those books that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.