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Loaded Dice (2004) [Novel]
by James Swain Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Tony Valentine
Part: 4

Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: Loaded Dice
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper

Edition #1: Loaded Dice

Loaded Dice (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: Paperback
  • "Swain's series starring freelance casino consultant Tony Valentine has quickly established itself as one of the freshest, most entertaining hard-boiled comedies to risk setting up camp in Elmore Leonard country. In this fourth entry in the series, Valentine is in Las Vegas, on the trail of his wayward son, Gerry, who has gone AWOL from card-counting school. Mixing work with parental responsibility, Tony also agrees to help maverick casino owner Nick Nicocropolis (see Grift Sense, 2001) prevent two rival owners from putting him out of business. There's a slightly over-the-top terrorist angle, too, but if Swain is guilty of overstuffing his plot, he recovers nicely with another delicious helping of insider dope on how casinos work and how cheaters cheat. There's also plenty of snappy, Leonard-inspired banter and more charming cell-phone byplay between Tony and his devoted office manager, Mabel, the indefatigable Mrs. Moneypenny of the series. Great fun with just the right amount of edge--sort of like a night at the blackjack table." Bill Ott, Booklist
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Loaded Dice (2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345463277
Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x .7 in
Pages: 320

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