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  • Published: 15 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780345463234
  • Imprint: Ballantine
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $13.99
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A hardened ex-cop, Tony Valentine now nabs hustlers who rob casinos, and the Micanopy Indian Reservation Casino in South Florida desperately needs his expertise. A blackjack dealer has rigged a game, dealt a player eighty-four winning hands in a row, and then disappeared.

But the missing dealer is part of an even bigger, far deadlier scheme. Valentine’s trail leads him to Rico Blanco, a ruthless gangster who once worked for John Gotti; his shady, elusive partner-in-crime, Victor Marks; and a bombshell named Candy Hart, a hooker with dreams of love—a combination tailor-made to double-cross. It appears they have a con going down involving a cocky, filthy-rich Brit and his millions of dollars. Valentine’s challenge: to figure out how all the pieces of the seamy puzzle fit together . . . before his luck runs out and his life goes bust.

  • Pub date: 15 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780345463234
  • Imprint: Ballantine
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $13.99

About the Author

James Swain

James Swain is the bestselling author of Grift Sense, Funny Money, and Sucker Bet, and is considered an authority on crooked gambling and casino scams. He lives in Odessa, Florida, with his wife, Laura, where he is currently at work on his fifth Tony Valentine novel.

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