Mr. Lucky

Mr. Lucky

Book - 2005 | First edition
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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. 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. 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. Ricky didn’t just win at one slot machine or table game. He won at blackjack, roulette, and craps, and then beat the pants off the world’s greatest poker player. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky Smith–or anyone else, for that matter–couldn’t possibly be that fortunate. But when “Mr. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Against a neon-tinted backdrop of adrenaline rushes, hard crashes, big money, and high-wire tension, the inimitable James Swain has set his best Tony Valentine novel yet: a funny, furious ride with an astounding array of crooks, marks, and one killer scam.

Baker & Taylor
A dramatic escape from a fire at a Las Vegas casino changes Ricky Smith's luck, transforming him into a major-league winner, until ex-cop Tony Valentine is hired by casino owners to prove that Ricky's winning streak is anything but kosher.

Blackwell North Amer
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. 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. 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. Ricky didn't just win at one slot machine or table game. He won at blackjack, roulette, and craps, and then beat the pants off the world's greatest poker player. Tony knows that goofy, loudmouthed Ricky Smith - or anyone else, for that matter - couldn't possibly be that fortunate. But when "Mr. 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. 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 laserlike precision. 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. 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Trapped in a fire at a Las Vegas casino, unlucky, overweight Ricky Smith nosedives off his balcony and into the hotel pool and discovers that his luck--and his life--have changed forever as the loser is transformed into a major-league winner, until ex-cop Tony Valentine is hired by casino owners to prove that Ricky's winning streak is anything but kosher. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345475442
0345475445
Branch Call Number: MYS Swain, J 200.5 2005
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Lucky

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Aug 20, 2019

The reason there are so few large scale conspiracies/scams is the human factor. People cannot keep their moths shut! Plot is a bit far-fetched and the bad guy gets brought into the picture way too late. The actual tracking through the scam is quite good but the Valentine boy is a hazard at any speed, can't get out of his own way, needs to become house-dad and let his wife do the sleuthing, she is very interesting.

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