Tony Valentine
Created by James Swain

"Watching surveillance videos," he explains, "is a unique experience. The cameras filtered twice as much light as the human eye, and as a result hairpieces looked like rugs, cheap suits took on zebra stripes, and women wearing red dresses became naked. It was like entering the Twilight Zone."
(from Grift Sense)

You can count on James Swain's expert on casino security. But don't count cards!

At least when he's around. TONY VALENTINE's retirement doesn't seem to be going too well. When we first meet him (in 2001's Grift Sense), the tough grizzly casino security expert and former Atlantic City cop is being coaxed out of his half-hearted Florida retirement by a Vegas casino that's been having a few problems. In its sequel, Funny Money, Tony's exploring an "alternative career" as a pro wrestler. But by 2003's Sucker Bet, he seems to have realized that catching cheaters is really his life's calling, and he's on the road again to help another casino out of a jam. At least this time it's a little closer to home: it's the Micanopy Indian Reservation Casino in South Florida

There's some great insider feel to this series. And why not? Author James Swain apparently knows his stuff: his biography states that he's a gambling expert himself, as well as a professional magician. It goes on to inform us that he's been billed as "one of the best card-handlers in the world."



Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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