With the assistance of the kidnap victim’s tycoon father and precious little time before the trail goes cold, Jack and his dog, Buster, hit the ground running—following a twisted trail from the ruins of a shuttered mental asylum with an infamous past to the streets of a sinister small town with a ghastly secret.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4#ad - The program product descriptionfrom the national bestselling mystery novelist the Wall Street Journal calls “One terrific writer” comes a heart-pounding thriller pitting a deadly serial killer against two determined FBI agents. Along with hot-headed fbi agent rachel Vick, Linderman must race against the clock to save Wayne before he’s turned into a monster.
With the odds against them and time running out, Linderman and Vick will stop at nothing to save Wayne, and bring a sadistic criminal to justice. Swain has received three barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre. 38 for best American Crime Fiction. Praise for james swain’s jack carpenter series “these books are non-stop nail biters.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4 #ad - Lee child“Swain is one terrific writer. The wall street journal“Swain uses language with such blunt force he could be hammering in nails. The new york times book review“The only problem with Swain’s riveting thrillers is they end. Tess gerritsen, “Immensely satisfying. His novels have been translated into russian, and German, French, Japanese, and have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
The Night Stalker: A Novel Jack Carpenter series Book 2Ballantine Books #ad - Just ask the ghoulish tourists who flock to his former home to take photographs. As the head of the broward county Missing Persons Unit, Jack Carpenter was intimately involved in the Grimes case. There’s another gruesome murder, and once again the evidence points straight to Jed. With a personal connection to the kidnapped child, Carpenter takes the case, and that’s when the situation goes from terrifying to fatal.
Hard-edged, victims, james swain’s novels of crime and punishment in South Florida delve into a shadowy realm where criminals, and cops share the same truths, evocative, the same lies, brilliantly paced, and sometimes even the same nightmares. Now, days away from execution, the notorious serial killer reaches out to ex-cop Carpenter with a surprising request.
The Night Stalker: A Novel Jack Carpenter series Book 2 #ad - Have the unspeakable sins of his father taken root within this troubled young man? Carpenter races against time and a police department that wants his help but rejects his aggressive style as he searches through an underworld of predators, assembling the jagged pieces of a depraved puzzle, desperate to put an end to a murderous stalker’ s blood-soaked rampage.
A hero immersed in the evil that is his prey, Carpenter battles a stunning betrayal–and a horrendous danger no one saw coming. Abb grimes is famous. Years ago, grimes killed eighteen women, some never found. With unremitting action and skillfully polished prose, bestselling author James Swain has written his most riveting thriller yet, delving even deeper into the fascinating psyche of misbehaving crusader Jack Carpenter.
Midnight Rambler: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 1Ballantine Books #ad - Haunted by the skell case, Carpenter now works as an abduction specialist in Fort Lauderdale, reuniting families with their missing children. But the body of one of the midnight Rambler’s victims has just been uncovered–and forensic evidence suggests Carpenter jailed the wrong man. And as the relentless Carpenter draws the net tighter, his enemies prepare to spring a devastating final surprise.
Pulse-pounding. With skell just days away from release, the tarnished hero must reopen the case that shattered his life and the lives of eight murdered women. As waves of heat and rain wash over the steamy streets, Carpenter races against the clock to reaffirm the case against Skell. Yet the deeper he digs, the more he starts to realize that Skell is just one piece in a terrifying puzzle of predation and murder, just one player in a shocking conspiracy that ranges across the state of Florida.
Midnight Rambler: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 1 #ad - From the seaside bar that jack carpenter calls home to the glittering tourist kingdom in Orlando to the funky jungle of Coconut Grove, James Swain unleashes a wild ride into the heart of evil–with the Rolling Stones’ “Midnight Rambler” as the throbbing, terrifying soundtrack. Explosive. From the bestselling author the wall street journal hails as “one terrific writer, ” Midnight Rambler is the breakout thriller of the year–a brawny, brainy novel of suspense that pairs James Swain’s trademark smooth-as-silk prose with a plot bigger and bolder than anything he’s done before.
In south florida, Jack Carpenter is infamous. He’s the cop who busted the notorious serial killer Simon Skell–aka the Midnight Rambler–and sacrificed his badge and marriage in the process.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1Ballantine Books #ad - As a bonus, the author has included two stories about cheating that appeared in national magazines. About the authorjames swain is the author of fifteen nationally bestselling mystery novels. I can feel when a hustle's going down, '' says tony, even if I don't know exactly what it is, who tests his instinct against his database of some 5, 000 known hustlers and comes up with the profile of a dead man.
A thoroughly winning book. The wall street Journal “Ingenious entertainment. The new york times book Review“Swain’s mysteries are a sure bet. The chicago tribune "This series has got to be one of the finds of the decade. Kirkus Reviews. Must reads for me, and one of my favorite series. Lee child“in this series, the main character is a big winner.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1 #ad - Janet maslin, the new york times“The momentum is great, the writing nimble, the action intricate. Los angeles times book Review“Swain has hit on a winning combination. Washington post book world“Mixing humor, suspense, poignancy and insider-lore, Swain is one terrific writer. The new york times review of bookshave you heard the one about the canny granny who won a pot of money by card-counting on her rosary beads? how about the mother-and-son team whose method of palming cards at the blackjack table was ''pure poetry''? And what about the sweet techniques of guys like Jake the Snake and Larry the Lightbulb? James Swain, uses the crooked play of these inspired cheats to pull us into GRIFT SENSE, who came to his expertise on gambling hustles by way of his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, a flashy, funny novel about a cool scam to break the bank at a Las Vegas casino.
When nick nicocropolis gets wind that someone is out to bring down his establishment, he does the smart thing by calling in Tony Valentine, the grandly named but barely solvent Acropolis, an ex-cop with a nose for a good grift.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5Ballantine Books #ad - Unfortunately for tony, his cover is blown when he is forced to reveal a trick he has up his own sleeve: a pocket Glock he can shoot with laser-like precision. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky Smith–or anyone else, for that matter–couldn’t possibly be that fortunate. Now, the ricky smith case has lured Gerry through the gates of temptation and into a murderous confrontation with the Dixie Mafia.
Then he went to las vegas, jumped out the window of a burning hotel, lived to tell the tale, and tore up the Strip on an incredible winning streak. He won at blackjack, and craps, roulette, and then beat the pants off the world’s greatest poker player. With tony stuck on the slippery slope of Slippery Rock and Gerry fighting for his life, the Valentines are finding out just how bad good luck can get.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5 #ad - Against a neon-tinted backdrop of adrenaline rushes, big money, and high-wire tension, furious ride with an astounding array of crooks, the inimitable James Swain has set his best Tony Valentine novel yet: a funny, marks, hard crashes, and one killer scam. But when “Mr. Tony valentine made his living and his name as a cop in Atlantic City–and is now known worldwide for his ability to spot the kinds of scams, grifts, and rip-offs that cost casinos billions every year.
. Ricky didn’t just win at one slot machine or table game. A man with a biting wit who drives a ’92 Honda, Tony is low-profile, old-school, and has seen it all–until he meets the luckiest man on earth.
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Shortly before his death, doyle had been filling Valentine in on the details of his latest, most baffling case -- an impressive $6 million blackjack scam at Atlantic City's legendary Bombay casino. Valentine determines that the only way to bring his friend's killers to justice is to crack the Bombay heist himself.
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This time around, it's personal.
Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4Ballantine Books #ad - The owners of sin want Valentine to show them how the scams are done. Nick taps tony to figure out how an amateur won $50, 000 at his blackjack tables. In fact, he’s in demand now more than ever. 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. For starters, the suspect bears a strong resemblance to his late wife. Armed with a special grift sense, Valentine can spot card cheats and even bigger game whose sole purpose on earth is to relieve a casino of its cash. For ex-cop tony valentine, life in balmy Florida provides little R&R.
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, 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, and reality and illusion shift depending on the neon light, time seems motionless even while it flies, but the city of Las Vegas.
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But the missing dealer is part of an even bigger, far deadlier scheme. Valentine’s challenge: to figure out how all the pieces of the seamy puzzle fit together. It appears they have a con going down involving a cocky, filthy-rich Brit and his millions of dollars. A hardened ex-cop, tony valentine now nabs hustlers who rob casinos, and the Micanopy Indian Reservation Casino in South Florida desperately needs his expertise.
Sucker Bet Tony Valentine Series Book 3 #ad - . Before his luck runs out and his life goes bust.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - Swain is one of the best writers I’ve come across. Michael connelly “This series has got to be one of the finds of the decade. Kirkus Reviews. Valentine goes to nevada to bring Bronco to justice, while also helping the police figure out how someone is stealing hundreds of slot machine jackpots without ever touching the machines.
Swain has received three barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre. 38 for best American Crime Fiction. Product descriptionfrom the national bestselling novelist the Houston Press calls “One of today’s best suspense writers” comes a electrifying story of murder, greed, and revenge.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - Ex-cop tony Valentine has a score to settle. Swain has a natural gift for storytelling. The various scams are fascinating in their ingenuity and forthe clever detection that thwarts them. Must reads for me, and one of my favorite series. Lee child“in this series, the main character is a big winner. Janet maslin, the new york times“The momentum is great, the writing nimble, the action intricate.
Los angeles times book Review“Swain has hit on a winning combination. Washington post book world“Mixing humor, poignancy and insider-lore, suspense, Swain is one terrific writer.
Deadman's Poker: A Novel Tony Valentine Series Book 6Ballantine Books #ad - 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, Gerry, his son and partner, 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.
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! 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.
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