Sucker Bet (Tony Valentine, Book 3)

By James Swain

A hardened ex-cop with nice instincts, a pointy eye, and a brief fuse, Tony Valentine nonetheless catches crooks, yet a truly exact breed of them. He nabs hustlers who rob casinos, and unearths the deadly flaw that allowed where to get ripped off within the first position. occasionally that implies biting the hand that feeds him, yet Valentine isn't paid to sugarcoat the chilly, demanding fact. alongside flashy strips and in seedy dives, if there's a video game to be fastened, Valentine is aware the best way to spot the tips, the scams, the sleight of hand. And along with his new case, there's certainly extra at the desk than meets the eye.

Harry tender Stone, head of safeguard on the Micanopy Indian Reservation on line casino in South Florida, desperately wishes Valentine's services. A blackjack broker has rigged a video game, dealt a participant eighty-four profitable fingers in a row, and disappeared. Valentine's intestine tells him a unique tale: that the runaway broker is alligator nutrients and his employers are conserving secrets.

But the lacking broker is a part of a bigger, some distance deadlier scheme. Valentine's path leads him to Rico Blanco, a ruthless gangster who as soon as labored for John Gotti, his shady, elusive partner-in-crime, Victor Marks, and a bombshell named sweet Hart, a hooker with desires of affection, a mixture adapted made to double-cross. it seems that they've got a con taking place related to a cocky, prosperous Brit and his hundreds of thousands of greenbacks. Valentine's problem: to determine how everything of the seamy puzzle healthy jointly . . . ahead of his good fortune runs out and his existence is going bust.

In prose that sizzles with sort and a depraved humorousness, with plot twists which may reason whiplash, James Swain takes readers at the back of the neon-lit scenes of casinos and the playing trade--and finds a colourful forged of hustlers and con males, bookies and grifters. Make no mistake approximately it: at the crowded cabinets of fiction, Sucker Bet is a yes factor.

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Yet simply as frequently, he misplaced his stake. What Valentine hadn’t loved was once the sameness of Saul’s regimen. It felt rehearsed, so he determined to videotape Saul for per week, then evaluate the tapes. After reviewing them, he wrote down the 4 issues Saul did each day. (1) He continuously smoked. (2) He continually wager a hundred-dollar black chip. (3) He regularly tossed his hundred-dollar chip at the desk and requested a stickman to put his wager for him. (4) He regularly requested an analogous stickman. Valentine had pulled up the stickman’s list.

No. ” “Give me an opportunity. ” sweet walked round the automobile. And approximately screamed. contained in the trunk was once Rico’s Cuban driving force wrapped in a plastic sheet. His blouse used to be soaked in blood, and his crimson tongue frolicked of his mouth like a dog’s. Rico slammed the trunk challenging. Candy’s legs had became to rubber, and he grabbed her arm and held her up. “Work with me, will you? ” She attempted to drag away. “No. ” “Don’t fall in love with Nigel Moon,” he acknowledged less than his breath. “He’ll screw you for a number of weeks, then cast off you love a case of the clap.

She’d wondered him the evening ahead of. for many men, that was once adequate to put off a lady. basically her prince hadn’t acknowledged a notice approximately it. They’d made love, after which breakfast had arrived at their door in addition to a dozen crimson roses, like the day earlier than, and the day sooner than that. not anything had replaced. “Fancy or informal? ” she’d requested. He gave it a few proposal. “How approximately Madonna in warmth? ” sweet went via her outfits. She had a leather-based miniskirt with a slit up its part that used to be presupposed to be worn with leggings.

He enjoyed making punks sweat, particularly lowlifes like this who gave Italians a nasty identify. Their sodas got here. The bartender might experience the strain, and positioned the glasses at the desk and not using a note. Rico picked up his glass and held it a number of inches off the desk. Valentine and his son did an identical. Rico clinked their glasses along with his. “Partners it is,” he acknowledged. 27 hiking into his father’s Honda, Gerry stated, “Pop, no offense, yet your motor vehicle smells like anything died in it. It’s time. ” Valentine pulled clear of membership Hedo’s valet stand, bought onto Collins street, and headed north in heavy site visitors.

He passed the playing cards again, then spoke to the stripper. “Get lost,” he acknowledged. Rico positioned the playing cards away. He had misplaced his bluster, and Valentine leaned over and gave him a troublesome poke within the chest. an enormous man, yet absolutely out of form. “You’re stepping on my toes,” Valentine acknowledged. “I am? ” “This is my turf. ” “Hey, I didn’t—” “How lengthy you been down right here? ” Valentine stated. “A couple months? And already you’ve scammed the Micanopy Indians and positioned a bullet in a single in their purchasers. Now I pay attention you’re making plans to take a bookie for a couple of million.

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