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Funny Money (Tony Valentine Novels) (edition 2003)

by James Swain

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Title:Funny Money (Tony Valentine Novels)
Authors:James Swain
Info:Ballantine Books (2003), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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Tony Valentine is a retired Atlantic City cop, now living in Florida where he runs a consulting business, helping casinos ferret out cheats and grifters. When his ex-partner, Doyle Flanagan, calls and asks Tony to take a look at a surveillance tape, he’s happy to help. But before their conversation is over Doyle is killed and now Tony is working for the casino boss who had hired Doyle.

This is book two in the series, though I don’t think I was missing much by having skipped book one. I liked the premise fairly well, and like Tony’s neighbor-now-receptionist, Mabel. I learned a little about the underside of the casino business. The book is fast paced and there are several twists in the plot. That being said, I had figured out the bad guy about half-way through, and long before Tony. I was also bothered by the number of dead bodies Tony left in his wake, with barely a backward glance, and apparently no consequences.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
A former Vegas cop turned P.I. makes for a good lead character. The bits about scammers and how the casinos try to catch them was also very interesting, and the storytelling was quite good as well. Worth looking at his other stuff.
  robsack | May 22, 2011 |
Very good
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"I can sense when things aren't right on a casino floor and I just take it from there," says Tony Valentine, the cop turned casino consultant who--all boasting aside--finds himself stumped more often than not in Funny Money. James Swain's smartly plotted, often humorous sequel to Grift Sense sends the 62-year-old Valentine back to his hometown, Atlantic City, where his former police partner, Doyle Flanagan, has been blown up in his car at a McDonald's. Is this murder linked to Flanagan's investigation of a $6 million blackjack hustle at the city's giant Bombay casino, allegedly perpetrated by a gang of badly coifed Croatians? Meanwhile, Valentine will have to face down thugs who are putting the squeeze on his flaky son, try to appease the Bombay's much-despised owner, and win the help--and heart--of a no-nonsense woman wrestler with a nasty attitude.

Like his debut novel, Funny Money is distinguished by Swain's knowledge of gambling scams from card counting to the judicious application of a "monkey's paw" on a slot machine. Less even is this book's character development. Valentine is expertly drawn, and the relationship between him and his late-blooming son is both convincing and heartwarming. But some secondary players are about as thinly realized as a poker chip, and Swain's too-convenient use of violence as a plot propellant threatens to undermine his story's credibility. All in all, though, Funny Money is a safe bet. --J. Kingston Pierce

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Coming up for air after a close brush with the afterlife, Tony Valentine is back on the case with an investigation into an impressive six million dollar blackjack scam at Atlantic City's legendary Bombay casino.

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