When Tony Valentine, a master at catching casino cheaters, jets to Las Vegas to look for his missing son, he lands in the middle of a dangerous turf war between rival casinos. Valentine's longtime pal then taps him to figure out how an amateur won $25,000 at his blackjack tables. But the job is full of land mines. For starters, the suspect bears a strong resemblance to his late wife. Upping the ante, a dead stripper is found with Valentine's calling card and her grief-stricken policeman boyfriend is vowing revenge.
Yet in a city where barracudas wear pinstripes, 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 only Valentine, but the city of Las Vegas itself.
About the Author
James Swain is the national bestselling author of eighteen mystery novels and has worked as a magazine editor, screenwriter, and novelist. His books have been translated into many languages and have been chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Swain has received a Florida Book Award for fiction, and in 2006, he was awarded France s prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Writing. When he isn t writing, he enjoys researching gaming scams and cons, a subject on which he s considered an expert.
“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.”