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Funny Money: A Mystery Featuring Tony Valentine

Swain, James

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ISBN 10: 0743436865 / ISBN 13: 9780743436861
Published by Atria Books, New York, 2002
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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First Atria Books hardcover printing, stated; full number line. Signed by the author on the title page: "James Swain." Number 2 of 9 (so far) in the Tony Valentine series. Book is unmarked; spine slant; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped; a "Vero Beach BookCenter Autographed!" sticker on the front panel. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006311

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Title: Funny Money: A Mystery Featuring Tony ...

Publisher: Atria Books, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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When his ex-partner, Doyle Flanagan, is blown up by a powerful car bomb, ex-cop Tony Valentine joins the investigation to bring his friend's killers to justice, becoming embroiled in the multimillion-dollar blackjack scam at Atlantic City's Bombay casino that Flanagan had been trying to solve. By the author of Grift Sense.

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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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