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Deadman's Bluff (Tony Valentine #7)

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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 out how. DeMarco is tied to some dangerously desperate characters who will go to extremes even cold-blooded murder to ensure that the obnoxious DeMarco wins big.

While Gerry flies to Atlantic Ci

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Published May 30th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published May 2006)
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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
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.
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.
Didn't like this one as much as the first in the 2-part series, but it was good. I highly recommend this series.
Hmm, not as good as the earlier ones I've read. Still, ok beach/airplane read.
Mary P.
These books just keep getting better and better.
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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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