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. 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.
He won at blackjack, roulette, and craps, and then beat the pants off the world’s greatest poker player. Suddenly, two men are dead, the cops are on Tony’s tail, 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.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5 #ad - 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. 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.
Deadman's Poker: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 6Ballantine Books #ad - 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. 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.
Deadman's Poker: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 6 #ad - 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. 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.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4Ballantine Books #ad - 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.
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. Nick taps tony to figure out how an amateur won $50, 000 at his blackjack tables. What’s more, valentine’s son is still M. I. A. But the small job is full of landmines.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4 #ad - In fact, he’s in demand now more than ever. 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, 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, time seems motionless even while it flies, but the city of Las Vegas.
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.
Deadman's Bluff: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 7Ballantine Books #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.
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 - 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! .
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.
Valentine’s challenge: to figure out how all the pieces of the seamy puzzle fit together. 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 trail leads him to rico blanco, victor marks; and a bombshell named Candy Hart, a ruthless gangster who once worked for John Gotti; his shady, elusive partner-in-crime, a hooker with dreams of love—a combination tailor-made to double-cross.
Funny Money Tony Valentine Series Book 2Atria Books #ad - 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. But standing between valentine and his goal is a head-spinning assortment of ruthless gangsters, eccentric millionaires, crooked croupiers, and Croatians with bad haircuts.
His only ally: an irresistibly enigmatic female wrestler. 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. Valentine determines that the only way to bring his friend's killers to justice is to crack the Bombay heist himself.
Funny Money Tony Valentine Series Book 2 #ad - 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. Tony valentine's ex-partner Doyle Flanagan has been blown to pieces by a car bomb.
This time around, it's personal.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - Now, only one is left, the cold-blooded Bronco Marchese. 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. 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. Swain has received three barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre. 38 for best American Crime Fiction. 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, poignancy and insider-lore, suspense, Swain is one terrific writer.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - Decades before, hisbrother-in-law was gunned down by a gang of ruthless conmen, each of whom Valentine has sworn to track down. Now, only one is left, the cold-blooded Bronco Marchese. Valentine goes to nevada to bring Bronco tojustice, while also helping the police figure out howsomeone is stealing hundreds of slot machine jackpotswithout ever touching the machines.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - It’s 1979, and the boardwalk empire of Atlantic City is being torn down, replaced by a glitzy casino and all the terrible crime that goes with it. Only one man can clean up the little city by the shore, Detective Tony Valentine. With the mob breathing down his throat and a sadistic killer stalking him, and risk his career, Valentine will put his own life in peril, to insure that justice prevails.
And tony valentineand his crew are among my favorite characters incrime fiction. It also treats the reader tohis wife, the love of his life. 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.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - 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. He’s also publishedtwo other e-book originals – one a Jack Carpenter noveland the other a stand-alone his first novel.
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.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1Ballantine Books #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. 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, uses the crooked play of these inspired cheats to pull us into GRIFT SENSE, who came to his expertise on gambling hustles by way of his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, 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 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.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1 #ad - 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. 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.
So much for science.
The Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3Ballantine Books #ad - The past has come back to haunt P. I. Jack carpenter, former head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit. 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.
The Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3 #ad - 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. 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 Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4#ad - 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. 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.
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 Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4 #ad - The new york times book review“The only problem with Swain’s riveting thrillers is they end. Tess gerritsen, “Immensely satisfying. About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen national bestselling mystery novels. 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.