Leaving Las Vegas (novel)

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Leaving Las Vegas
Cover of the first U.S. edition
AuthorJohn O'Brien
CountryUnited States
PublisherWatermark Press
Publication date
Media typePrint

Leaving Las Vegas is a semi-autobiographical 1990 novel by John O'Brien. The novel was adapted into a 1995 film of the same name, starring Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one.

O'Brien died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound within weeks of signing away the film rights to the novel.[1][2]


  1. ^ Peterson, Kristen (May 27, 2008). "Sister's story about 'Leaving Las Vegas' author John O'Brien". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Pirina, Garin (October 28, 2015). "Leaving Las Vegas and the Writer Who Didn't Live to See It". Esquire. Retrieved May 1, 2018.