Loaded Dice

Loaded Dice

A Tony Valentine Novel

By James Swain

Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345463272, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 25, 2005

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.

About the Author
James Swain is the nationally bestselling author of seventeen mystery novels. His books have been named Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews Best Mystery Books of the Year, and he has received three Barry Award nominations and a Florida Book Award for fiction. In 2006, he was awarded France s prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Writing. Born in Huntington, New York, he graduated from New York University and worked as a magazine editor and screenwriter before moving to Florida to run a successful advertising firm. When he isn t writing, he enjoys researching casino scams and cons, a subject on which he s considered an expert.

Praise For Loaded Dice

“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.”
Publishers Weekly