There's a new casino in town, aptly named Sin, the largest on The Strip: 3,000 guest rooms and a gambling floor as big as an airport terminal. The owners of Sin want Valentine to show them how the scams are done. But these powerful men harbor ulterior motives: they want to use their newfound skills to put a rival casino out of business.
Sin's competition is the Acropolis, run by Valentine's longtime pal. Nick taps Tony to figure out how an amateur won $50,000 at his blackjack tables. But the small job is full of landmines. For starters, the suspect bears a strong resemblance to his late wife. What's more, Valentine's son is still M.I.A. Upping the ante, a dead stripper is found with Valentine's calling card, and her grief-stricken boyfriend is vowing revenge.
Yet in a city where barracudas wear pinstripes, time seems motionless even while it flies, and reality and illusion shift depending on the neon light, a greater threat maneuvers through the streets: an all-new breed of criminal with an agenda propelled by fury that will shake not just Valentine, but the city of Las Vegas.
Don't miss any of Tony Valentine's casino adventures.
©2004 James Swain; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Great fun with just the right amount of edge, sort of like a night at the blackjack table." (Booklist)
"An expert on casino swindles, the author packs his books with mind-boggling cons and scams, how to do them and stop them, along with entertaining dialogue and vivid characters, notably the strong, sympathetic Tony." (Publishers Weekly)
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