- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reprint edition (9 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345475518
- ISBN-13: 978-0345475510
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,463,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Deadman's Bluff Mass Market Paperback – 9 Aug 2008
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About the Author
James Swain, the bestselling author of Grift Sense, Funny Money, Sucker Bet, Loaded Dice, Mr. Lucky, and Deadman's Poker, is also an authority on crooked gambling and casino scams. He is the winner of the prestigious Prix Calibre 38. He lives in Odessa, Florida, with his wife, Laura, and is currently at work on his next Tony Valentine novel. Visit the author's website at www.jimswain.com.
Top Customer Reviews
This book, & it's storyline was so good I read it in less than 24 hours. The ageing gambler Rufus Steele's character is just a hoot..I love the Tony Valentine books but I think this was my favourite!
I have one problem now..I seem to be able to read the books quicker than James Swain can write them HA!
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In this tale, the second of two parts ("Deadman's Poker" being the first), Valentine remains in Las Vegas to discover how a blind poker player is scamming a poker tournament, which is being televised nationally by an ESPN-like cable sports network. Meanwhile his son Gerry goes to Atlantic City, where the scam originated, to find out what he can learn there.
Two of the characters from "Poker" reappear--Gloria, a female reporter for the network, who Valentine develops a relationship with, and a 72-year-old grifter named Rufus, who among other "wagers" bets that he can win a pingpong match against a champion.
There's a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, and the side-stories about other scams are as always a treat. I didn't mind at all that it took the author 700 pages, total, to finish the story.
Gloria Curtis seems destined to appear for at least a while in any future book as she and Tony Valentine have personal issues to work out which will probably be very entertaining. One hopes that Rufus Steele will show up again if for no other reason than to show those of us who have had a sheltered upbringing how an aging gambler that smokes like a stove can beat a Kentucky Derby type race horse in a one hundred yard dash; how one can hyponotize a fly to land on one of many sugar cubes, etc., etc., with the result always being that Rufus announces..."I win."
Gerry Valentine's reformation from being a bookie who constantly disappointed his father to a valued partner in the enterprise, Grift Sense will continue. Mabel will continue to answer the phones and keep Tony's life in some kind of order and the scammers and grifters out there will continue to supply business for Tony to solve and James Swain to tell us about.
All of Swain's books are funny, well written, educational and above all, highly entertaining. You will enjoy the experience.