Tony Valentine made his living and his name as a cop in Atlantic CityÂand is now known worldwide for his ability to spot the kinds of scams, grifts, and rip-offs that cost casinos billions every year. A man with a biting wit who drives a Â92 Honda, Tony is low-profile, old-school, and has seen it allÂuntil he meets the luckiest man on earth.
Ricky Smith was once a small-town loser. Then he went to Las Vegas, jumped out the window of a burning hotel, lived to tell the tale, and tore up the Strip on an incredible winning streak. Ricky didnÂt just win at one slot machine or table game. He won at blackjack, roulette, and craps, and then beat the pants off the worldÂs greatest poker player. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky SmithÂor anyone else, for that matterÂcouldnÂt possibly be that fortunate. But when ÂMr. LuckyÂ returns home to the little town of Slippery Rock, North Carolina, he keeps on winning everything from a horse race to a $50,000 lottery.
Hired by a desperate casino, Tony starts to pry into RickyÂs past, his friends, and the strange little town that is benefiting from RickyÂs fame and fortune. Unfortunately for Tony, his cover is blown when he is forced to reveal a trick he has up his own sleeve: a pocket Glock he can shoot with laser-like precision. Suddenly, two men are dead, the cops are on TonyÂs tail, and the investigation explodes in violenceÂputting the lives of TonyÂs son and his young family in danger.
For years, TonyÂs son Gerry has dueled with his own criminal impulses. Now, the Ricky Smith case has lured Gerry through the gates of temptation and into a murderous confrontation with the Dixie Mafia. With Tony stuck on the slippery slope of Slippery Rock and Gerry fighting for his life, the Valentines are finding out just how bad good luck can get.
Against a neon-tinted backdrop of adrenaline rushes, hard crashes, big money, and high-wire tension, the inimitable James Swain has set his best Tony Valentine novel yet: a funny, furious ride with an astounding array of crooks, marks, and one killer scam.
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