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Loaded Dice (Tony Valentine #4)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  283 ratings  ·  17 reviews
For ex-cop Tony Valentine, life in balmy Florida provides little R&R. In fact, he’s in demand now more than ever. Armed with a special grift sense, Valentine can spot card cheats and even bigger game whose sole purpose on earth is to relieve a casino of its cash. But when his son, who was going to card-counting school, goes missing, Valentine jets to Las Vegas. Once in...more
ebook, 244 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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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...more
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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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  ·  review of another edition
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James Swain is the national best selling author of fourteen mystery novels, and has been published in the United States, France, Japan, Russia, Germany and Bulgaria. 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 Americ...more
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