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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (208 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Swain Narrator: Tony Roberts Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tony Valentine Series Release Date:
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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 town, he is pressed into service—and lands inside a treacherous game with higher stakes than he has ever encountered before.

There’s a new casino in town, aptly named Sin, the largest on The Strip: three thousand guest rooms and a gambling floor as big as an airport terminal. The owners of Sin want Valentine to show them how the scams are done. But these powerful men harbor ulterior motives: They want to use their newfound skills to put a rival casino out of business.

Sin’s competition is the Acropolis, run by Valentine’s longtime pal. Nick taps Tony to figure out how an amateur won $50,000 at his blackjack tables. But the small job is full of landmines. For starters, the suspect bears a strong resemblance to his late wife. What’s more, Valentine’s son is still M.I.A. Upping the ante, a dead stripper is found with Valentine’s calling card—and her grief-stricken boyfriend is vowing revenge.

Yet in a city where barracudas wear pinstripes, time seems motionless even while it flies, and reality and illusion shift depending on the neon light, a greater threat maneuvers through the streets: an all-new breed of criminal with an agenda propelled by fury that will shake not just Valentine, but the city of Las Vegas.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Leaves us wanting more of this pulsing, buoyant book. Los Angeles Times
  • Loaded Dice, like all Tony Valentine novels, is pure entertainment. San Jose Mercury News
  • This smooth, funny series has got to be one of the finds of the decade. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • The author packs his books with mind-boggling cons and scams–how to do them, how to stop them–along with entertaining dialogue and vivid characters, [most] notably the strong, sympathetic Tony. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Skip | 8/28/2013

    " Fun, easy read in which Tony Valentine has to save Nick Nicropolus again, after his long-time nemisis is paroled by the FBI. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diana | 1/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hrn1947 | 9/29/2012

    " just about done with this series. still some interesting gambling insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by james | 5/19/2012

    " 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. "

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