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Deadman's Bluff (Tony Valentine #7)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  241 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A 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 our how. DeMarco is tied to some dangerously desperare characters who will go to extremes--even cold-blooded murder--to ensure that the obnoxious DeMarco wins big. On opposite sides of a deadly ...more
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Published September 28th 2006 by Sound Library (first published May 2006)
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James Thane
This concludes the story that Swain started in Deadman's Poker. As I mentioned in my review of the first book (, Swain abruptly ended the book without concluding the story and simply leaving the reader hanging.

In Deadman's Poker consultant Tony Valentine was hired to figure out how a virtually blind poker player named Skip DeMarco was cheating his way to victory in the World Poker Showdown in Vegas. Complications abound and when the book ended, Tony was n
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Jun 07, 2010 David rated it liked it
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This book is really part of Deadman's Poker, and really, sadly, was like coming in halfway through a televised mini-series. I strongly recommend that you read Deadman's Poker BEFORE this one, because this book does a poor job of summing up what happened in the other book.

The highlight of the book was indeed, Old Rufus Steele, a hustler of grand proportion, who always has a trick or two up his sleeve.

Otherwise, the characters in the book don't matter much. The book is much more about cheaters a
Oct 01, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
This was an entertaining audiobook, and I learned a LOT about gambling/muckers. However, because I'm not as familiar with the games and there were a lot of characters; it was a little hard to follow at times.
Sep 24, 2015 Rho rated it liked it
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Loved the book but should have read Deadman's Poker first.
Aug 08, 2010 Zach rated it really liked it
Fun. Satisfying end to two book series with Deadman's Poker.

FYI you really have to read Deadman's Poker first. The two books probably could have been edited into a single novel, but it still works pretty well.

Once again Rufus steals the show with another series of bizarre proposition bets.
Jul 01, 2009 Skip rated it liked it
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Second half of Deadman's Poker. Tony completes his work to uncover the scam at the World Poker Showdown. Highlight of this book (and last) is Rufus Steele's hustling.
Apr 22, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like this one as much as the first in the 2-part series, but it was good. I highly recommend this series.
Jan 14, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Hmm, not as good as the earlier ones I've read. Still, ok beach/airplane read.
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Jun 07, 2012 Mary P. rated it it was amazing
These books just keep getting better and better.
Nov 26, 2007 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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11/26 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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Other Books in the Series

Tony Valentine (8 books)
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  • Funny Money (Tony Valentine #2)
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