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ISBN:
0345463234
Author:
James Swain
Category:
Mystery
Language:
English
Publisher:
Fawcett; 1st Mass Market 1st Printing edition (June 1, 2004)
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Rating:
4.1
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Swain moves Sucker Bet from the condos and hotels of Miami Beach to the suburbs of West Broward and the Everglades with a keen eye to the area. Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Swain moves Sucker Bet from the condos and hotels of Miami Beach to the suburbs of West Broward and the Everglades with a keen eye to the area.

I have thoroughly enjoyed James Swain’s previous books in this series. Sucker Bet was slightly less rewarding than the others, but still a fun read. Swain populates the story with some pretty far fetched characters and as a result, diminishes the credulity of the story.

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About Sucker Bet. A hardened ex-cop, Tony Valentine now nabs hustlers who rob casinos, and the . James Swain, winner of the prestigious Prix Calibre. 38 Award for Best American Crime Fiction, is the bestselling author of seventeen novels. 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.

Sucker Bet. Written by James Swain. Narrated by Tony Roberts

Sucker Bet. Narrated by Tony Roberts. But the missing dealer is part of an even bigger, far deadlier scheme.

James Swain (born June 7, 1956) is an American crime fiction author and magician. Swain has written at more than fifteen fiction and non-fiction books. He has used two main characters in most of his crime related and mystery books. These are Tony Valentine, a private eye and Jack Carpenter, an ex-cop turned child rescuer. Swain is lesser known for his "Magic" non-fiction books which are self-published.

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 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. By: James Swain. Narrated by: Paul Boehmer. Hard-boiled ex-cop Tony Valentine has a new profession: spotting casino cheats and exposing a casino's flaws to the owners. Series: Tony Valentine, Book 3. Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins. Categories: Fiction, Contemporary. Now he must unravel the mystery of an amateur player impossibly raking in the dough on blackjack. However, his investigation stirs up a hornet's nest worth of problems. Tony Valentine, Book . In the world of gambling and sleight-of-hand, Jim Swain is considered one of the best. In the late 1980s, Swain was tipped off to a major scam which had taken place at the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas. Tony Valentine, Book 3. Valentine is a retired Atlantic City cop and a master hunter of casino cheats, or "grifters.

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. 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. 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.
  • Kison
I like mystery series with quirky heroes and a few surreal characters. The first couple of Tony Valentine novels didn't quite fit that description, but there was still something not quite mainstream that drew me. In this novel, Swain has really started to come into his own as a writer. Though his hero, Tony Valentine, lives in Florida, this is the first novel that actually takes place there, and the locale is a plus. Though not as zany as Dorsey or Hiaasen, some of that off-kilter Floridaness that makes their books so good shines through here. Valentine is his usual surly self, but this time he's doing it amid a cast of highly entertaining, colorful characters.

He responds to a request from the Micanopy Indian casino to help catch blackjack cheaters when his romance with a professional wrestler goes south. A dealer has disappeared after dealing 84 winning hands to aging rock star Nigel Moon, and the Micanopys want to know how the scam was pulled off. What makes Valentine suspicious is that they don't seem so curious about what happened to the missing dealer, which makes him think some of the bad guys might be in casino management. When they try to feed him to the gators, he gets mad. Moon's winning streak is only part of a bigger scam involving a hooker, a college basketball game, a game show, and a carnival owner with a trained chimpanzee named Mr. Beauregard. Valentine just wants to figure out the blackjack scam, and isn't even aware of most of the intrigue playing out around him until he stumbles into the thick of it. Using his wits, along with some help from his ne'er do well son Gerry, the Micanopy chief, and his indomitable neighbor Mabel, who's minding the store while he's out of town, Valentine slowly unravels the intricate scam a murdering lowlife has been weaving for months. He faces danger more than once, but manages to get through it and even figures out a few things in his personal life, as well, as he goes through the process of grieving for his dead wife Lois.

This is a quality series of well-woven mysteries with a strong lead character. Tony Valentine may be a little on the crotchety side, but he's a good guy with strong morals who inspires love and loyalty in those around him, and he's no prudish goody two-shoes. He faces tough decisions and he makes mistakes, but he always ferrets out the villain. This time out, he does so against a richer backdrop of minor characters that pushed this book a notch above his others. There are still several more books for me to read in this series, and I look forward to them. James Swain is a crime novelist to watch.
  • watchman
The title of this book could just as easily have been "Monkey Business," and it would have been figuratively and literally correct. There is enough monkey business going on at the Micanopy Indian Casiono to keep Tony Valentine busy for...well...at least a whole novel. This is the third in the Tony Valentine series and if you have not caught up with these novels yet, what on earth are you waiting for? I have now read them all and even though I started with the most recent novel first, each story pretty much stands on it's own and very little is lost buy not having read them in sequence. Valentine is a trouble shooter and problem solver for the casino industry which puts him in touch with some pretty "interesting" people on both sides of the sams he is hired to investigate. In this one he is dealing with a gangster names Rico Bianco and another bad guy by the name of Victor Marks. Swain likes to populate his novels with attractive and nubile ladies and the chief morsel in this one is a dish by the name of Candy Hart.Candy is the "raggle" who is being used as bait to swindle an aging Brtish rock star by Bianco, but on the way to the big payoff, she let her heart get in the way of her head and the plot takes a turn which makes Candy's life more interesting and fragile. The other monkey in the story is a chimp, as in chimpanzee. Mr. Beauregard by name. He has many talents. One of them is playing the ukelele. The others you will need to read the book to find out about. Swain has the knowledge, background and imagination to make his Valentine books a treat to read. Try one and you will be a fan. Guranteed!
  • Vudomuro
This is one of the most irrestible books I've read in a long time. It's just plain fun. Swain takes you inside the tribal casino world of South Florida, with all its wonders, and using a wonderful cast of characters, spins a crime yarn that will keep you riveted and amused. He freely uses author's license but still manages to keep the story within the bounds of credulity. Except for a certain Mr. Beauregard, that is. But you'll overlook that and in fact, you'll marvel at the author's audacity in giving us this character. And Swain's adeptness with dialog is almost the equal of Elmore Leonard at his best. You gotta read this book if you're looking for a fast-moving, well-executed, deliciously funny, yet serious, tour through the casino underworld. This is my first Swain book, but I've already bought the next one.
  • Coidor
The story is convoluted yet completely believable. While some scenes require imagination, it's reasonable to buy into the premise. The story flows well and the characters, which are many, conjure a vision of street-wise people who we've encountered from time to time. I eagerly await the next installment of the Tony Valentine series.
  • Gralinda
interesting character study
  • Modar
WOW What a great re-read. I read it before in paperback and just had to re-read it on my Kindle.
James Swain is a genius to tell us (through Tony Valentine) about all the casino scams and how they are solved.
Just read "Take Down " and I just can't get enough of Swain's writing.
  • Qusicam
James Swain has his own genre - the intriguing world of gambling hustlers and their cons. He alone has mastered the art of writing great books to fill this genre.
I like all of this authors books; good stories & some great characters