Tony valentine's ex-partner Doyle Flanagan has been blown to pieces by a car bomb. 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.
Funny Money Tony Valentine Series Book 2 #ad - But standing between valentine and his goal is a head-spinning assortment of ruthless gangsters, crooked croupiers, eccentric millionaires, and Croatians with bad haircuts. 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.
Sucker Bet Tony Valentine Series Book 3Ballantine Books #ad - Before his luck runs out and his life goes bust. 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.
Sucker Bet Tony Valentine Series Book 3 #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. Valentine’s challenge: to figure out how all the pieces of the seamy puzzle fit together. Valentine’s trail leads him to rico blanco, a ruthless gangster who once worked for John Gotti; his shady, Victor Marks; and a bombshell named Candy Hart, elusive partner-in-crime, a hooker with dreams of love—a combination tailor-made to double-cross.
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The owners of sin want Valentine to show them how the scams are done. 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.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4 #ad - I. A. In fact, he’s in demand now more than ever. 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. Upping the ante, a dead stripper is found with Valentine’s calling card—and her grief-stricken boyfriend is vowing revenge.
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Lucky” returns home to the little town of Slippery Rock, he keeps on winning everything from a horse race to a $50, North Carolina, 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.
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. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky Smith–or anyone else, for that matter–couldn’t possibly be that fortunate.
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Ricky didn’t just win at one slot machine or table game. Now, the ricky smith case has lured Gerry through the gates of temptation and into a murderous confrontation with the Dixie Mafia.
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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, his son and partner, Gerry, has just walked into one with a body count.
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The washington post book worlda blind poker player named Skip DeMarco is scamming the world’s largest poker tournament in Las Vegas, and cheating-expert Tony Valentine and his son, Gerry, have been hired to find out how.
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Marilyn stasionote to readers: this is an updated version of the first novel in James Swain’s best selling Tony Valentine series. 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 new york times“The momentum is great, the writing nimble, the action intricate.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1 #ad - Los angeles times book Review“Swain has hit on a winning combination. Washington post book world“Mixing humor, poignancy and insider-lore, suspense, Swain is one terrific writer. 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.
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 .
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - Deadly pleasures magazine review by george easteri’ve been a big fan of this series since its inceptionwith GRIFT SENSE. 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 “Swain is nothing short of marvelous.
Bookreporter. Com“wow, what a discovery. 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.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - Washington post book world“Mixing humor, suspense, poignancy and insider-lore, Swain is one terrific writer. About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen nationally bestselling mystery novels. 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.
Swain has received three barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre. 38 for best American Crime Fiction. He’s also publishedtwo other e-book originals – one a Jack Carpenter noveland the other a stand-alone his first novel.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - 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. 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 new york times“The momentum is great, the writing nimble, 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. One of my favorite series.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - Comes a novel of murder, mobsters and a police detective who doesn’t know when to say quit. We also see the forces that shape his son, who at thistime is just about to enter his teens. Highly recommended. Product description from the bestselling mystery series Lee Child calls “Top class suspense. It also treats the reader tohis wife, the love of his life.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4#ad - About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen national bestselling mystery novels. 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.
Michael Connelly. 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. Swain has received three barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre.
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Tess gerritsen, “Immensely satisfying.
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The Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3 #ad - . 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.
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.