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. 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.
Deadman's Bluff: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 7 #ad - 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. 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!
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! 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. He’s tossed them out of gambling casinos from Atlantic City to Las Vegas and Monaco. 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.
Tony valentine is an expert at spotting cheats.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5Ballantine Books #ad - But when “Mr. 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. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky Smith–or anyone else, for that matter–couldn’t possibly be that fortunate. 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, tony starts to pry into Ricky’s past, his friends, and the strange little town that is benefiting from Ricky’s fame and fortune. Tony valentine made his living and his name as a cop in Atlantic City–and is now known worldwide for his ability to spot the kinds of scams, grifts, and rip-offs that cost casinos billions every year.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5 #ad - He won at blackjack, and craps, roulette, and then beat the pants off the world’s greatest poker player. A man with a biting wit who drives a ’92 Honda, old-school, Tony is low-profile, and has seen it all–until he meets the luckiest man on earth. Ricky smith was once a small-town loser. Now, the ricky smith case has lured Gerry through the gates of temptation and into a murderous confrontation with the Dixie Mafia.
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. For years, tony’s son Gerry has dueled with his own criminal impulses.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - Swain has received three barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre. 38 for best American Crime Fiction. His novels have been translated into french, Japanese and German, Russian, and have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
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. It’s a shame that this and wildcard areonly available on the Kindle or on an IPad with a freeKindle app – which is how I read them.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - Jackpot by james swain rating: a this novel is set inmodern-day with Tony Valentine’s son playing a prominentrole as his sidekick. Tony has a score to settle. About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen nationally bestselling mystery novels. 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. 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.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - It also treats the reader tohis wife, the love of his life. 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. His tony valentine novels have been purchased by Langley Films Cops, Brooklyn’s Finest for theatrical release, with the author to write the screenplay.
Deadly pleasures magazine review by george easteri’ve been a big fan of this series since its inceptionwith GRIFT SENSE. About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen nationally bestselling mystery novels. Swain has a natural gift for storytelling. The various scams are fascinating in their ingenuity and forthe clever detection that thwarts them.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - Cops on the take, mobsters stealing a million dollars a day, and more con men and hustlers than you can shake a stick at, a serial killer preying on young women, define the new Atlantic City. 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.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4Ballantine Books #ad - Nick taps tony to figure out how an amateur won $50, 000 at his blackjack tables. But these powerful men harbor ulterior motives: They want to use their newfound skills to put a rival casino out of business. Sin’s competition is the Acropolis, run by Valentine’s longtime pal. What’s more, valentine’s son is still M.
I. A. Upping the ante, a dead stripper is found with Valentine’s calling card—and her grief-stricken boyfriend is vowing revenge. Yet in a city where barracudas wear pinstripes, time seems motionless even while it flies, a greater threat maneuvers through the streets: an all-new breed of criminal with an agenda propelled by fury that will shake not just Valentine, and reality and illusion shift depending on the neon light, but the city of Las Vegas.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4 #ad - The owners of sin want Valentine to show them how the scams are done. But the small job is full of landmines. For starters, the suspect bears a strong resemblance to his late wife. 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. For ex-cop tony valentine, life in balmy Florida provides little R&R.
Sucker Bet Tony Valentine Series Book 3Ballantine Books #ad - 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. Before his luck runs out and his life goes bust. Valentine’s challenge: to figure out how all the pieces of the seamy puzzle fit together.
Sucker Bet Tony Valentine Series Book 3 #ad - 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. It appears they have a con going down involving a cocky, filthy-rich Brit and his millions of dollars.
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.
Funny Money Tony Valentine Series Book 2Atria Books #ad - His only ally: an irresistibly enigmatic female wrestler. When last we saw tony valentine -- former cop, lifelong misanthrope, and legendary catcher of casino cheats -- he was just coming up for air after a close brush with the afterlife in his first outing, the acclaimed Grift Sense. Tony valentine's ex-partner Doyle Flanagan has been blown to pieces by a car bomb.
This time around, it's personal. 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. With diamond-hard prose, triple-crossing plot twists, and a deliciously noir-inflected atmosphere, Funny Money finds James Swain more than living up to his promise as a razor-sharp storyteller with unlimited surprises up his sleeve.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1Ballantine Books #ad - Marilyn stasionote to readers: this is an updated version of the first novel in James Swain’s best selling Tony Valentine series. 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. I can feel when a hustle's going down, '' says tony, who tests his instinct against his database of some 5, even if I don't know exactly what it is, 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, he does the smart thing by calling in Tony Valentine, the grandly named but barely solvent Acropolis, an ex-cop with a nose for a good grift.
So much for science. Although it's slightly maddening to watch tony conducting off-the-premises research when he could be walking us through some of the other swindles going down on the casino floor, Swain knows how to misdirect the eye during the deal. As a bonus, the author has included two stories about cheating that appeared in national magazines.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1 #ad - About the authorjames swain is the author of fifteen nationally bestselling mystery novels. 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, a flashy, who came to his expertise on gambling hustles by way of his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, 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.
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. Swain has received three barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre. 38 for best American Crime Fiction.
Praise for james swain’s jack carpenter series “these books are non-stop nail biters. Lee child“Swain is one terrific writer. The wall street journal“Swain uses language with such blunt force he could be hammering in nails. The new york times book review“The only problem with Swain’s riveting thrillers is they end.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4 #ad - Tess gerritsen, “Immensely satisfying. 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. With the assistance of the kidnap victim’s tycoon father and precious little time before the trail goes cold, Jack and his dog, Buster, 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.
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. But eighteen years later, when his daughter, jessie, 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.