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Loaded Dice (Tony Valentine #4)

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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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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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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
Johnny
Jul 26, 2010 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dave
Mar 18, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Risa
Jul 31, 2014 Risa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining
james
Feb 07, 2009 james rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
CJ
Jul 04, 2011 CJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andrew
Jan 13, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another case for Tony Valentine, set in Vegas. Lot's of interesting characters along the way. Not high brow fiction, but enjoyable.
Margarette Kramer
loved it...this is another author i will be adding to my reading list.
David
Jun 25, 2010 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sandy
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.
Diana
Mar 04, 2013 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Skip
Apr 19, 2009 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kyle
Mar 28, 2013 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Please James Swain, hire a ghost writer. Or just sell your plot ideas to a better wordsmith.
Hrn1947
Feb 03, 2010 Hrn1947 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
just about done with this series. still some interesting gambling insights.
Barb Wittwer
Aug 04, 2013 Barb Wittwer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Got half way thru and decided to jump ship, wasn't worthy time to finish it!
Luann
Aug 22, 2016 Luann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
Another solid installment in the Tony Valentine series.
Nevin
Sep 26, 2011 Nevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well written a nice change of pace really enjoyed it
Jan
Jun 01, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel made me want to read more from this author.
Pam
Jan 04, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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