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Can't find a thriller that really pays off? Your luck's about to change. James Swain's con-artist capers will transport you to the glitzy, sleazy worlds of wham-bam casino scams. Sucker Bet, one of Swain's best, plays hookers against hoodlums against hotshots in triple-cross trickery at a Florida Indian casino. Best of all, Swain's breezy style — both fun and funny — leads readers step-by-step through the chicanery. So take a gamble ... Swain's titles are sure winners.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A hardened ex-cop with great instincts, a sharp eye, and a short fuse, Tony Valentine still catches crooks, but a very special breed of them. He nabs hustlers who rob casinos, and finds the fatal flaw that allowed the place to get ripped off in the first place. Sometimes that means biting the hand that feeds him, but Valentine isn?t paid to sugarcoat the cold, hard truth. Along flashy strips and in seedy dives, if there?s a game to be fixed, Valentine knows how to spot the tricks, the scams, the sleight of hand. And with his new case, there?s definitely more on the table than meets the eye.

Harry Smooth Stone, head of security at the Micanopy Indian Reservation Casino in South Florida, desperately needs Valentine?s expertise. A blackjack dealer has rigged a game, dealt a player eighty-four winning hands in a row, and disappeared. Valentine?s gut tells him a different story: that the runaway dealer is alligator food and his employers are keeping secrets.

But the missing dealer is part of an even bigger, far deadlier scheme. 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 tailored made to double-cross. 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...before his luck runs out and his life goes bust.

In prose that sizzles with style and a wicked sense of humor, with plot twists that could cause whiplash, James Swain takes readers behind the neon-lit scenes of casinos and the gambling trade — and reveals a colorful cast of hustlers and con men, bookies and grifters. Make no mistake about it: on the crowded shelves of fiction, Sucker Bet is a sure thing.

Review:

"Ingenious entertainment." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[Swain is] an entertaining writer whose breezy style and flair for wise-guy dialogue make the story zoom by." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Wow, what a discovery! James Swain is the best new writer I have come across in a long, long time." Michael Connelly

Synopsis:

In prose that sizzles with style and a wicked sense of humor, Swain takes readers behind the neon-lit scenes of casinos and the gambling trade — and reveals a colorful band of hustlers and con men, bookies and grifters.

About the Author

James Swain is a gambling expert and the author of Grift Sense, Funny Money, and Loaded Dice. Swain is considered one of the best card handlers in the world. He lives in Odessa, Florida, where he is currently working on his fifth novel featuring Tony Valentine. Visit his Web site at www.jimswain.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345461759
Author:
Swain, James
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Florida
Subject:
Casinos
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Gamblers
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Swindlers and swindling
Subject:
Gambling on Indian reservations.
Subject:
Card dealers
Subject:
Valentine, Tony
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
127-02
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.54x6.34x1.10 in. 1.23 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345461759 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Can't find a thriller that really pays off? Your luck's about to change. James Swain's con-artist capers will transport you to the glitzy, sleazy worlds of wham-bam casino scams. Sucker Bet, one of Swain's best, plays hookers against hoodlums against hotshots in triple-cross trickery at a Florida Indian casino. Best of all, Swain's breezy style — both fun and funny — leads readers step-by-step through the chicanery. So take a gamble ... Swain's titles are sure winners.

"Review" by , "Ingenious entertainment."
"Review" by , "[Swain is] an entertaining writer whose breezy style and flair for wise-guy dialogue make the story zoom by."
"Review" by , "Wow, what a discovery! James Swain is the best new writer I have come across in a long, long time."
"Synopsis" by , In prose that sizzles with style and a wicked sense of humor, Swain takes readers behind the neon-lit scenes of casinos and the gambling trade — and reveals a colorful band of hustlers and con men, bookies and grifters.
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