Valentine’s trail leads him to rico blanco, a ruthless gangster who once worked for John Gotti; his shady, elusive partner-in-crime, Victor Marks; and a bombshell named Candy Hart, 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.
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. 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. 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.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4
For ex-cop tony valentine, life in balmy Florida provides little R&R. 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.
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. 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. The owners of sin want Valentine to show them how the scams are done.
Nick taps tony to figure out how an amateur won $50, 000 at his blackjack tables. In fact, he’s in demand now more than ever.
Funny Money Tony Valentine Series Book 2
This time around, it's personal. 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. 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. 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.
Tony valentine's ex-partner Doyle Flanagan has been blown to pieces by a car bomb. His only ally: an irresistibly enigmatic female wrestler. But standing between valentine and his goal is a head-spinning assortment of ruthless gangsters, eccentric millionaires, crooked croupiers, and Croatians with bad haircuts.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5
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, tony starts to pry into Ricky’s past, his friends, and the strange little town that is benefiting from Ricky’s fame and fortune.
Now, the ricky smith case has lured Gerry through the gates of temptation and into a murderous confrontation with the Dixie Mafia. Then he went to las vegas, lived to tell the tale, jumped out the window of a burning hotel, and tore up the Strip on an incredible winning streak. 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.
He won at blackjack, and craps, roulette, and then beat the pants off the world’s greatest poker player. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky Smith–or anyone else, for that matter–couldn’t possibly be that fortunate. But when “Mr. With tony stuck on the slippery slope of Slippery Rock and Gerry fighting for his life, the Valentines are finding out just how bad good luck can get.
Against a neon-tinted backdrop of adrenaline rushes, marks, the inimitable James Swain has set his best Tony Valentine novel yet: a funny, big money, and high-wire tension, furious ride with an astounding array of crooks, hard crashes, and one killer scam. 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.
Deadman's Poker: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 6
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. Tony valentine is an expert at spotting cheats.
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! 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.
Deadman's Bluff: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 7
On opposite sides of a deadly game, father and son work their way through a colorful landscape of conmen and hitmen. 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, and cheating-expert Tony Valentine and his son, Gerry, 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.
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!
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8
I’d say that it’salmost worth buying a Kindle to read them, but I’ll let youmake that decision. In all the books in the series tothis date, Tony is a widower and we know little about hisbeloved wife and Swain gives us a sweet portrait ofthat loving relationship. 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. It also treats the reader tohis wife, the love of his life. Cops on the take, mobsters stealing a million dollars a day, a serial killer preying on young women, and more con men and hustlers than you can shake a stick at, 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. Washington post book world“Mixing humor, poignancy and insider-lore, suspense, Swain is one terrific writer.
It’s a shame that this and jackpot areonly available on the Kindle or on an IPad with a freeKindle app – which is how I read them. About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen nationally bestselling mystery novels.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8
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. Swain has a natural gift for storytelling. The various scams are fascinating in their ingenuity and forthe clever detection that thwarts 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. Along the way, he will put his own life in peril, and risk everything that he holds dear, to bring his life-long enemy to justice. About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen nationally bestselling mystery novels.
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. I’d say that it’salmost worth buying a Kindle to read them, but I’ll let youmake that decision.
Must reads for me, and one of my favorite series.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1
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. 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. Washington post book world“Mixing humor, poignancy and insider-lore, suspense, Swain is one terrific writer. 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. Marilyn stasionote to readers: this is an updated version of the first novel in James Swain’s best selling Tony Valentine series.
I can feel when a hustle's going down, who tests his instinct against his database of some 5, even if I don't know exactly what it is, '' says Tony, 000 known hustlers and comes up with the profile of a dead man. 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, who came to his expertise on gambling hustles by way of his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, a flashy, 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.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4
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. 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.
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. 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.
Tess gerritsen, “Immensely satisfying.
The Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3
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.
But eighteen years later, carpenter’s pursuit of the voyeur leads him smack into another run-in with his old nemesis, Jessie, asks him to bird-dog a creep who’s been shadowing her college basketball team, when his daughter, who abducts one of Jessie’s teammates. 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.
The past has come back to haunt P. I. Jack carpenter, former head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit.