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Loaded Dice (Tony Valentine #4)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  363 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When Tony Valentine, a master at catching casino cheaters, jets to Las Vegas to look for his missing son, he lands in the middle of a dangerous turf war between rival casinos. Valentine’s longtime pal then taps him to figure out how an amateur won $25,000 at his blackjack tables. But the job is full of land mines. For starters, the suspect bears a strong resemblance to his ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Turns out that I don't like the main character and his spoiled brat juvenile acting son. Too bad Swain doesn't write more stories like "Deadman's Poker and Night Monster," easily his best I've read. 2 of 10 stars
Kara Jorges
Retired cop turned casino consultant Tony Valentine is back in Vegas on a job, and searching for his screw-up son Gerry, when he spies a woman bearing a strong resemblance to his deceased wife getting ready to jump off her balcony. Tony races away from a meeting with three high-buck casino bosses and to the aid of Lucy Price, who’s feeling suicidal after her $25,000 winnings are stolen. Of course, this is all just part of a bigger scam happening at the Acropolis Casino next door, an old-style Ve ...more
Swain continues to deliver solid action/thrillers with a great deal of insight into gambling cheats, etc.

I am a bit tired of Tony having to find ways to rescue his son, Gerry, from bad guys. This time, the FBI is all over Tony and Gerry because of a connection with a gambling cheat.

Valentine is a good hero. I like the fact that this older man is so tough when he has to be. I also like the way the author takes the time to reveal things that only magicians and card cheats seem to know.

It is so
Loaded Dice is my latest encounter with the work of James Swain. Not being a gambler, I wouldn’t have picked up these entertaining mysteries from the titles or cover illustrations. My copies of these books were given to me and I’m glad they were. I still haven’t figured out what it is I like about them. Is it the obvious humor? Is it the simple revelations of complicated scams used to cheat casinos? (Maybe I’m just enjoying having my skepticism toward the gaming industry confirmed?) Is it the ri ...more
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Didn't love it. I thought it was going to be more outlandish than it was. Probably won't continue the series, unless I run out of books to read.
Mar 18, 2015 Dave rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
Rated this book 4 1/2 stars. Still enjoying the Tony Valentine series.
Kai Palchikoff
Casino detetive
The book jacket says that the author, John Swain, is a noted expert on casino cheating. Accordingly, the plot revolves around card counting in Las Vegas with descriptions of security techniques to thwart would- be cheats. An interesting and fast little read.
This is series featuring Tony Valentine, a consultant to the Gaming industry. He uncovers various scams by those wishing to make big scores against casinos. It's an easy, fun read.
Since I like casino gambling I think I'll like these mysteries with the recurring character of an ex-policeman who helps casinos identify cheaters.
Another case for Tony Valentine, set in Vegas. Lot's of interesting characters along the way. Not high brow fiction, but enjoyable.
Fun, easy read in which Tony Valentine has to save Nick Nicropolus again, after his long-time nemisis is paroled by the FBI.
Please James Swain, hire a ghost writer. Or just sell your plot ideas to a better wordsmith.
Margarette Kramer
loved it...this is another author i will be adding to my reading list.
just about done with this series. still some interesting gambling insights.
Barb Wittwer
Got half way thru and decided to jump ship, wasn't worthy time to finish it!
well written a nice change of pace really enjoyed it
This novel made me want to read more from this author.
Jan 04, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read
Shelves: nevada-mystery
01/04/08 rec via bookmooch
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James Swain is the national best selling author of seventeen mystery novels, and has been published in twelve different languages. His books 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 France’s prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Fiction. Born in Huntingto ...more
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