But the small job is full of landmines. But when his son, who was going to card-counting school, goes missing, Valentine jets to Las Vegas. Nick taps tony to figure out how an amateur won $50, 000 at his blackjack tables. For ex-cop tony valentine, life in balmy Florida provides little R&R. In fact, he’s in demand now more than ever.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4 #ad - Armed with a special grift sense, Valentine can spot card cheats and even bigger game whose sole purpose on earth is to relieve a casino of its cash. Once in town, he is pressed into service—and lands inside a treacherous game with higher stakes than he has ever encountered before. There’s a new casino in town, aptly named Sin, the largest on The Strip: three thousand guest rooms and a gambling floor as big as an airport terminal.
The owners of sin want Valentine to show them how the scams are done.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5Ballantine Books #ad - Unfortunately for tony, his cover is blown when he is forced to reveal a trick he has up his own sleeve: a pocket Glock he can shoot with laser-like precision. Lucky” returns home to the little town of Slippery Rock, North Carolina, he keeps on winning everything from a horse race to a $50, 000 lottery.
Hired by a desperate casino, his friends, Tony starts to pry into Ricky’s past, and the strange little town that is benefiting from Ricky’s fame and fortune. He won at blackjack, roulette, and craps, and then beat the pants off the world’s greatest poker player. Ricky didn’t just win at one slot machine or table game.
. Then he went to las vegas, jumped out the window of a burning hotel, lived to tell the tale, and tore up the Strip on an incredible winning streak. Suddenly, the cops are on tony’s tail, two men are dead, and the investigation explodes in violence–putting the lives of Tony’s son and his young family in danger.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5 #ad - For years, tony’s son Gerry has dueled with his own criminal impulses. Now, the ricky smith case has lured Gerry through the gates of temptation and into a murderous confrontation with the Dixie Mafia. But when “Mr. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky Smith–or anyone else, for that matter–couldn’t possibly be that fortunate.
With tony stuck on the slippery slope of Slippery Rock and Gerry fighting for his life, the Valentines are finding out just how bad good luck can get.
Sucker Bet Tony Valentine Series Book 3Ballantine Books #ad - A hardened ex-cop, tony valentine now nabs hustlers who rob casinos, and the Micanopy Indian Reservation Casino in South Florida desperately needs his expertise. Before his luck runs out and his life goes bust. A blackjack dealer has rigged a game, dealt a player eighty-four winning hands in a row, and then disappeared.
But the missing dealer is part of an even bigger, far deadlier scheme. It appears they have a con going down involving a cocky, filthy-rich Brit and his millions of dollars. Valentine’s trail leads him to rico blanco, victor marks; and a bombshell named Candy Hart, elusive partner-in-crime, a ruthless gangster who once worked for John Gotti; his shady, a hooker with dreams of love—a combination tailor-made to double-cross.
Sucker Bet Tony Valentine Series Book 3 #ad - . Valentine’s challenge: to figure out how all the pieces of the seamy puzzle fit together.
Deadman's Poker: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 6Ballantine Books #ad - Tony’s been hired to save the tournament and stop a blind player who’s out to heist it, while Gerry’s just trying to stay alive–now that murder is in the cards. Featuring insider tips for catching poker cheats, as well as a glossary of card hustler terms! Tony valentine is an expert at spotting cheats.
While gerry and his shady friends tangle with the Vegas mob, Tony enlists the aid of an aging grifter who’s fleecing suckers with a dazzling array of improbable betting stunts. He’s tossed them out of gambling casinos from Atlantic City to Las Vegas and Monaco. But though tony has never met a scam he couldn’t crack, Gerry, his son and partner, has just walked into one with a body count.
Deadman's Poker: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 6 #ad - What started with a conman’s deathbed confession turns into a deadly Las Vegas grudge match during the world’s biggest poker tournament.
Deadman's Bluff: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 7Ballantine Books #ad - On opposite sides of a deadly game, father and son work their way through a colorful landscape of conmen and hitmen. Together, they will have to prove there’s more to any game of chance than meets the eye. Featuring insider tips for catching poker cheats, as well as a glossary of card hustler terms! In this series about gambling, the main character is a big winner.
Janet maslin, the new york times“bask in Swain’s Las Vegas without having to set foot in the place and risk being skinned alive. The washington post book worlda blind poker player named Skip DeMarco is scamming the world’s largest poker tournament in Las Vegas, Gerry, and cheating-expert Tony Valentine and his son, have been hired to find out how.
Deadman's Bluff: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 7 #ad - Demarco is tied to some dangerously desperate characters who will go to extremes–even cold-blooded murder–to ensure that the obnoxious DeMarco wins big. While gerry flies to atlantic city to suss out demarco’s secret, Valentine stays in Vegas and teams up with an aging grifter named Rufus Steele, who has his own score to settle with DeMarco.
Funny Money Tony Valentine Series Book 2Atria Books #ad - His only ally: an irresistibly enigmatic female wrestler. With diamond-hard prose, and a deliciously noir-inflected atmosphere, triple-crossing plot twists, Funny Money finds James Swain more than living up to his promise as a razor-sharp storyteller with unlimited surprises up his sleeve. When last we saw tony valentine -- former cop, and legendary catcher of casino cheats -- he was just coming up for air after a close brush with the afterlife in his first outing, lifelong misanthrope, the acclaimed Grift Sense.
Tony valentine's ex-partner Doyle Flanagan has been blown to pieces by a car bomb. But standing between valentine and his goal is a head-spinning assortment of ruthless gangsters, crooked croupiers, eccentric millionaires, and Croatians with bad haircuts. Shortly before his death, doyle had been filling Valentine in on the details of his latest, most baffling case -- an impressive $6 million blackjack scam at Atlantic City's legendary Bombay casino.
Funny Money Tony Valentine Series Book 2 #ad - Valentine determines that the only way to bring his friend's killers to justice is to crack the Bombay heist himself. This time around, it's personal.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - Wild card by james swain rating: a this novel takesus back to Tony Valentine’s early days as a policeman inAtlantic City, New Jersey and how he came to be an experton gambling scams and crime. About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen nationally bestselling mystery novels. A thoroughly winning book.
The wall street Journal “Ingenious entertainment. The new york times book Review“Swain’s mysteries are a sure bet. The chicago tribune "This series has got to be one of the finds of the decade. Kirkus Reviews. It also treats the reader tohis wife, the love of his life. Praise for the tony valentine series“top class suspense.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - . Cops on the take, and more con men and hustlers than you can shake a stick at, a serial killer preying on young women, mobsters stealing a million dollars a day, define the new Atlantic City. His novels have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, a Florida book award for Fiction, and have received three Barry Award nominations, and the prestigious Prix Calibre .
38 for best American Crime Fiction. Deadly pleasures magazine review by george easteri’ve been a big fan of this series since its inceptionwith GRIFT SENSE. Must reads for me, and one of my favorite series.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - Decades before, his brother-in-law was gunned down by a gang of ruthless con men, each of whom Valentine has sworn to track down. Swain has received three barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre. 38 for best American Crime Fiction. Now, only one is left, the cold-blooded Bronco Marchese.
Swain has a natural gift for storytelling. The various scams are fascinating in their ingenuity and forthe clever detection that thwarts them. Deadly pleasures magazine review by george easteri’ve been a big fan of this series since its inceptionwith GRIFT SENSE. Valentine goes to nevada to bring Bronco to justice, while also helping the police figure out how someone is stealing hundreds of slot machine jackpots without ever touching the machines.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - His tony valentine novels have been purchased by Langley Films Cops, Brooklyn’s Finest for theatrical release, with the author to write the screenplay. Praise for the tony valentine series“top class suspense. Swain is one of the best writers I’ve come across. Michael connelly “This series has got to be one of the finds of the decade.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1Ballantine Books #ad - The new york times review of bookshave you heard the one about the canny granny who won a pot of money by card-counting on her rosary beads? how about the mother-and-son team whose method of palming cards at the blackjack table was ''pure poetry''? And what about the sweet techniques of guys like Jake the Snake and Larry the Lightbulb? James Swain, who came to his expertise on gambling hustles by way of his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, a flashy, uses the crooked play of these inspired cheats to pull us into GRIFT SENSE, funny novel about a cool scam to break the bank at a Las Vegas casino.
Must reads for me, and one of my favorite series. Lee child“in this series, the main character is a big winner. Janet maslin, the writing nimble, The New York Times“The momentum is great, the action intricate. Los angeles times book Review“Swain has hit on a winning combination. Washington post book world“Mixing humor, suspense, poignancy and insider-lore, Swain is one terrific writer.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1 #ad - As a bonus, the author has included two stories about cheating that appeared in national magazines. About the authorjames swain is the author of fifteen nationally bestselling mystery novels. I can feel when a hustle's going down, even if i don't know exactly what it is, '' says Tony, who tests his instinct against his database of some 5, 000 known hustlers and comes up with the profile of a dead man.
When nick nicocropolis gets wind that someone is out to bring down his establishment, the grandly named but barely solvent Acropolis, he does the smart thing by calling in Tony Valentine, an ex-cop with a nose for a good grift.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4#ad - A serial killer has kidnaped seventeen-year-old Wayne Ladd, and is putting the boy through the Program, a fiendish project designed to turn young boys into raging killers. Is it possible to create a serial killer? FBI Special Agent Ken Linderman last seen alongside Jack Carpenter in bestseller The Night Monster is about to find out.
The program product descriptionfrom the national bestselling mystery novelist the Wall Street Journal calls “One terrific writer” comes a heart-pounding thriller pitting a deadly serial killer against two determined FBI agents. About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen national bestselling mystery novels.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4 #ad - Along with hot-headed fbi agent rachel Vick, Linderman must race against the clock to save Wayne before he’s turned into a monster. With the odds against them and time running out, Linderman and Vick will stop at nothing to save Wayne, and bring a sadistic criminal to justice. His novels have been translated into russian, French, and German, Japanese, and have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
Evokes memories of will graham, the FBI profiler in Thomas Harris’ brilliant Red Dragon. The providence Journal“Swain is nothing short of marvelous. Bookreporter. Com“one of today’s best suspense writers. Houston press“This series moves like a bullet train on overdrive.
The Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3Ballantine Books #ad - The past has come back to haunt P. I. But eighteen years later, jessie, when his daughter, asks him to bird-dog a creep who’s been shadowing her college basketball team, Carpenter’s pursuit of the voyeur leads him smack into another run-in with his old nemesis, who abducts one of Jessie’s teammates.
With the assistance of the kidnap victim’s tycoon father and precious little time before the trail goes cold, Buster, Jack and his dog, hit the ground running—following a twisted trail from the ruins of a shuttered mental asylum with an infamous past to the streets of a sinister small town with a ghastly secret.
The Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3 #ad - . Jack carpenter, former head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit. As a young cop he failed to stop the kidnapping of a college coed by a shockingly large assailant—and neither victim nor attacker was ever seen again.