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Swain, James. SUCKER BET: A TONY VALENTINE NOVEL. New York City, NY: Ballantine Books, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 304 pages. As New/As New.

The author's third "Tony Valentine" novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "In the mystery genre, there's always room for a new premise, and Swain has come up with a doozy: His hero, Tony Valentine, is an ex-cop who specializes in catching casino cheats. The downside of the job is that Tony must work for casino owners, which is why he is on the lam, enjoying a romance with a lady wrestler and even participating in the odd tag-team match. But when the romance founders and Tony gets a summons from the head of security at Florida's Micanopy Indian Reservation Casino, he heads for the Everglades. The scam is several layers deep: Crooked blackjack dealers and fixed basketball games play roles, along with a couple of nasty alligators eager to test Tony's wrestling skills. The gambling details are a treat, the banter is worthy of a place at Elmore Leonard's table, and the Floridian sense of absurdity draws on Hiaasen without seeming derivative" (Bill Ott). A "must-have" title for James Swain collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by James Swain. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American mystery writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMES SWAIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0345461754. $40.00

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