A Tony Valentine Novel
By James Swain
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345463272, 320pp.)
Publication Date: January 25, 2005
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When Tony Valentine, a master at catching casino cheaters, jets to Las Vegas to look for his missing son, he lands in the middle of a dangerous turf war between rival casinos. Valentine’s longtime pal then taps him to figure out how an amateur won $25,000 at his blackjack tables. But the job is full of land mines. For starters, the suspect bears a strong resemblance to his late wife. Upping the ante, a dead stripper is found with Valentine’s calling card–and her grief-stricken policeman boyfriend is vowing revenge.
Yet in a city where barracudas wear pinstripes, and reality and illusion shift depending on the neon light, a greater threat maneuvers through the streets: an all-new breed of criminal with an agenda propelled by fury that will shake not only Valentine, but the city of Las Vegas itself.
JAMES SWAIN is the bestselling author of Grift Sense, Funny Money, Sucker Bet, and Mr. Lucky, and is considered an authority on crooked gambling and casino scams. He lives in Odessa, Florida, with his wife, Laura, where he is currently at work on his seventh Tony Valentine novel.
Visit his Web site at www.jimswain.com.
“Leaves us wanting more of this pulsing, buoyant book.”
–Los Angeles Times
“Loaded Dice, like all Tony Valentine novels, is pure entertainment.”
–San Jose Mercury News
“This smooth, funny series has got to be one of the finds of the decade.”
–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The author packs his books with mind-boggling cons and scams–how to do them, how to stop them–along with entertaining dialogue and vivid characters, [most] notably the strong, sympathetic Tony.”