Bookreporter. Com“wow, what a discovery. Deadly pleasures magazine review by george easteri’ve been a big fan of this series since its inceptionwith GRIFT SENSE. Swain is one of the best writers I’ve come across. Michael connelly “This series has got to be one of the finds of the decade. Kirkus Reviews.
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. I’d say that it’salmost worth buying a Kindle to read them, but I’ll let youmake that decision. And tony valentineand his crew are among my favorite characters incrime fiction.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - It’s a case that only Valentine with his amazing “grift sense” can solve. 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.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - Swain has a natural gift for storytelling. The various scams are fascinating in their ingenuity and forthe clever detection that thwarts them. One of my favorite series. Comes a novel of murder, mobsters and a police detective who doesn’t know when to say quit. He’s also publishedtwo other e-book originals – one a Jack Carpenter noveland the other a stand-alone his first novel.
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. Praise for the tony valentine series“top class suspense. Only one man can clean up the little city by the shore, Detective Tony Valentine.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - 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. 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.
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.
Deadman's Bluff: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 7Ballantine Books #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! 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.
Deadman's Bluff: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 7 #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.
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. 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, 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’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! .
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5Ballantine Books #ad - Suddenly, the cops are on tony’s tail, two men are dead, 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. 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.
But when “Mr. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky Smith–or anyone else, for that matter–couldn’t possibly be that fortunate. Now, the ricky smith case has lured Gerry through the gates of temptation and into a murderous confrontation with the Dixie Mafia. 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, tony starts to pry into Ricky’s past, his friends, and the strange little town that is benefiting from Ricky’s fame and fortune.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5 #ad - . Unfortunately for tony, his cover is blown when he is forced to reveal a trick he has up his own sleeve: a pocket Glock he can shoot with laser-like precision. Ricky didn’t just win at one slot machine or table game. A man with a biting wit who drives a ’92 Honda, Tony is low-profile, old-school, and has seen it all–until he meets the luckiest man on earth.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4Ballantine Books #ad - 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. 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.
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, 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 just Valentine, but the city of Las Vegas.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4 #ad - 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. 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. The owners of sin want Valentine to show them how the scams are done.
Sucker Bet Tony Valentine Series Book 3Ballantine Books #ad - Before his luck runs out and his life goes bust. Valentine’s trail leads him to rico blanco, elusive partner-in-crime, Victor Marks; and a bombshell named Candy Hart, a ruthless gangster who once worked for John Gotti; his shady, a hooker with dreams of love—a combination tailor-made to double-cross.
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. It appears they have a con going down involving a cocky, filthy-rich Brit and his millions of dollars. Valentine’s challenge: to figure out how all the pieces of the seamy puzzle fit together.
Sucker Bet Tony Valentine Series Book 3 #ad - 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.
Funny Money Tony Valentine Series Book 2Atria Books #ad - Tony valentine's ex-partner Doyle Flanagan has been blown to pieces by a car bomb. 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, 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. But standing between valentine and his goal is a head-spinning assortment of ruthless gangsters, crooked croupiers, eccentric millionaires, and Croatians with bad haircuts.
Funny Money Tony Valentine Series Book 2 #ad - This time around, it's personal. His only ally: an irresistibly enigmatic female wrestler. 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.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1Ballantine Books #ad - When nick nicocropolis gets wind that someone is out to bring down his establishment, he does the smart thing by calling in Tony Valentine, the grandly named but barely solvent Acropolis, an ex-cop with a nose for a good grift. His novels have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have received three Barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre .
38 for best American Crime Fiction. 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, 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, a flashy, funny novel about a cool scam to break the bank at a Las Vegas casino.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1 #ad - I can feel when a hustle's going down, who tests his instinct against his database of some 5, '' says Tony, even if I don't know exactly what it is, 000 known hustlers and comes up with the profile of a dead man. 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.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4#ad - 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. His novels have been translated into russian, and German, Japanese, French, and have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. 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.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4 #ad - About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen national bestselling mystery novels. A serial killer has kidnaped seventeen-year-old Wayne Ladd, and is putting the boy through the Program, a fiendish project designed to turn young boys into raging killers. 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.
The Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3Ballantine Books #ad - But eighteen years later, when his daughter, 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, who abducts one of Jessie’s teammates. 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. 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 Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3 #ad - The past has come back to haunt P. I.