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.
The Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3Ballantine Books #ad - Jack carpenter, former head of the Broward County Missing Persons Unit. But eighteen years later, jessie, carpenter’s pursuit of the voyeur leads him smack into another run-in with his old nemesis, asks him to bird-dog a creep who’s been shadowing her college basketball team, when his daughter, who abducts one of Jessie’s teammates.
The past has come back to haunt P. I. 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 Night Monster: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 3 #ad - . As a young cop he failed to stop the kidnapping of a college coed by a shockingly large assailant—and neither victim nor attacker was ever seen again.
The Night Stalker: A Novel Jack Carpenter series Book 2Ballantine Books #ad - There’s another gruesome murder, and once again the evidence points straight to Jed. Abb grimes’ grandson was lured from his home. 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.
Hard-edged, brilliantly paced, and cops share the same truths, evocative, victims, James Swain’s novels of crime and punishment in South Florida delve into a shadowy realm where criminals, the same lies, 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 - With a personal connection to the kidnapped child, Carpenter takes the case, and that’s when the situation goes from terrifying to fatal. As the head of the broward county Missing Persons Unit, Jack Carpenter was intimately involved in the Grimes case. The cops are convinced the boy’s father–Abb’s troubled son, Jed–is behind the boy’ s disappearance, but Jack’s not so sure.
Abb grimes is famous. A hero immersed in the evil that is his prey, Carpenter battles a stunning betrayal–and a horrendous danger no one saw coming. Just ask the ghoulish tourists who flock to his former home to take photographs.
Midnight Rambler: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 1Ballantine Books #ad - Pulse-pounding. Explosive. 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.
Heart-racing. 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. 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.
Midnight Rambler: A Novel of Suspense Jack Carpenter series Book 1 #ad - And as the relentless Carpenter draws the net tighter, his enemies prepare to spring a devastating final surprise. 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. 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.
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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 writing nimble, The New York Times“The momentum is great, 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. So much for science. Although it's slightly maddening to watch tony conducting off-the-premises research when he could be walking us through some of the other swindles going down on the casino floor, Swain knows how to misdirect the eye during the deal.
Marilyn stasionote to readers: this is an updated version of the first novel in James Swain’s best selling Tony Valentine series.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - Swain has received three barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre. 38 for best American Crime Fiction. Deadly pleasures magazine review by george easteri’ve been a big fan of this series since its inceptionwith GRIFT SENSE. 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.
Ex-cop tony Valentine has a score to settle. Now, only one is left, the cold-blooded Bronco Marchese. His novels have been translated into french, Japanese and German, Russian, and have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Must reads for me, and one of my favorite series.
Jackpot Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - 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, suspense, poignancy and insider-lore, Swain is one terrific writer.
Jackpot by james swain rating: a this novel is set inmodern-day with Tony Valentine’s son playing a prominentrole as his sidekick. Tony has a score to settle.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8#ad - Only one man can clean up the little city by the shore, Detective Tony Valentine. With the mob breathing down his throat and a sadistic killer stalking him, Valentine will put his own life in peril, and risk his career, to insure that justice prevails. 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, suspense, poignancy and insider-lore, Swain is one terrific writer. It’s 1979, and the boardwalk empire of Atlantic City is being torn down, replaced by a glitzy casino and all the terrible crime that goes with it.
Wild Card Tony Valentine Series Book 8 #ad - I’d say that it’salmost worth buying a Kindle to read them, but I’ll let youmake that decision. About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen nationally bestselling mystery novels. His novels have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, a Florida book award for Fiction, and have received three Barry Award nominations, and the prestigious Prix Calibre .
38 for best American Crime Fiction. Swain has a natural gift for storytelling. The various scams are fascinating in their ingenuity and forthe clever detection that thwarts them.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5Ballantine Books #ad - Lucky” returns home to the little town of Slippery Rock, North Carolina, he keeps on winning everything from a horse race to a $50, 000 lottery. Hired by a desperate casino, tony starts to pry into Ricky’s past, his friends, and the strange little town that is benefiting from Ricky’s fame and fortune.
Suddenly, two men are dead, the cops are on Tony’s tail, and the investigation explodes in violence–putting the lives of Tony’s son and his young family in danger. For years, tony’s son Gerry has dueled with his own criminal impulses. Now, the ricky smith case has lured Gerry through the gates of temptation and into a murderous confrontation with the Dixie Mafia.
Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes Tony Valentine Series Book 5 #ad - 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. 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. Ricky smith was once a small-town loser.
Ricky didn’t just win at one slot machine or table game. But when “Mr. He won at blackjack, roulette, and craps, and then beat the pants off the world’s greatest poker player. 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.
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Valentine determines that the only way to bring his friend's killers to justice is to crack the Bombay heist himself. Tony valentine's ex-partner Doyle Flanagan has been blown to pieces by a car bomb. This time around, it's personal. When last we saw tony valentine -- former cop, lifelong misanthrope, and legendary catcher of casino cheats -- he was just coming up for air after a close brush with the afterlife in his first outing, the acclaimed Grift Sense.
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Loaded Dice Tony Valentine Series Book 4Ballantine Books #ad - 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 ex-cop tony valentine, life in balmy Florida provides little R&R. 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 starters, the suspect bears a strong resemblance to his late wife. 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, time seems motionless even while it flies, and reality and illusion shift depending on the neon light, but the city of Las Vegas.
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What’s more, valentine’s son is still M. I. A.
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. 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. 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.
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