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Deadman's Poker: A Novel by James Swain
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Deadman's Poker: A Novel

by James Swain

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The usual detective literary devices are here and more. Swain emphasizes the psychological aspects of a father son detective team while hunting cheaters and worse in Poker Tournament obsessed Las Vegas. The plot is not credible but the narrative uses the plot to teach us about different kinds of cheating techniques used in a many different gambling settings. ( )
  Michaenite | Mar 18, 2010 |
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Tony Valentine is an expert at spotting cheats. He’s tossed them out of gambling casinos from Atlantic City to Las Vegas and Monaco. But though Tony has never met a scam he couldn’t crack, his son and partner, Gerry, has just walked into one with a body count.

What started with a conman’s deathbed confession turns into a deadly Las Vegas grudge match during the world’s biggest poker tournament. While Gerry and his shady friends tangle with the Vegas mob, Tony enlists the aid of an aging grifter who’s fleecing suckers with a dazzling array of improbable betting stunts. Tony’s been hired to save the tournament (and stop a blind player who’s out to heist it), while Gerry’s just trying to stay alive–now that murder is in the cards.

Featuring insider tips for catching poker cheats, as well as a glossary of card hustler terms!

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Murder is on the menu when cardsharp-turned-detective Tony Valentine teams up with his son to stop a conman with a grudge who is targeting the world's biggest poker tournament in Las Vegas, tangling with the Vegas mob and a killer to save the competition.… (more)

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