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Loaded Dice (Tony Valentine #4)

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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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James Thane
Readers who follow this series will certainly not be surprised to learn that Tony Valentine's son, Gerry is in big trouble. Again. Time after time, Tony has bailed Gerry out of dangerous situations; time after time, Gerry has promised to reform, and time after time, his promise is very short-lived.

Gerry is now married to a beautiful woman, much better than he deserves, and they are expecting their first child. If anything is going to cause Gerry to straighten out and fly right, you'd think this
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Johnny
Jul 26, 2010 Johnny rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Kara Jorges
Dec 19, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it liked it
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
Dave
Mar 18, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Rated this book 4 1/2 stars. Still enjoying the Tony Valentine series.
Tim
May 12, 2015 Tim rated it did not like it
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
CJ
Jul 04, 2011 CJ rated it liked it
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.
james
Feb 07, 2009 james rated it liked it
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.
Andrew
Jan 13, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it
Another case for Tony Valentine, set in Vegas. Lot's of interesting characters along the way. Not high brow fiction, but enjoyable.
Margarette Kramer
Aug 06, 2011 Margarette Kramer rated it it was amazing
loved it...this is another author i will be adding to my reading list.
February Four
Nov 04, 2016 February Four rated it liked it
Coming to this book from Deadman's Bluff is hard because I know exactly what will happen. Still interesting.
Janice
Oct 10, 2016 Janice rated it really liked it
Another good book in the series, fast moving and an interesting look inside the casino/gambling culture.
David
Jun 25, 2010 David rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
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
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Kellie
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Diana
Mar 04, 2013 Diana rated it liked it
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.
Sandy
May 01, 2016 Sandy added it
My first book of James Swain. I have 3 or 4 more here to read and can't wait. Great stories and love them about Vegas
J.C.
Mar 30, 2015 J.C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Skip
Apr 19, 2009 Skip rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Fun, easy read in which Tony Valentine has to save Nick Nicropolus again, after his long-time nemisis is paroled by the FBI.
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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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