Now, days away from execution, the notorious serial killer reaches out to ex-cop Carpenter with a surprising request. With a personal connection to the kidnapped child, Carpenter takes the case, and that’s when the situation goes from terrifying to fatal. 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.
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As the head of the broward county Missing Persons Unit, Jack Carpenter was intimately involved in the Grimes case. Abb grimes is famous.
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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.
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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. 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.
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Explosive. Pulse-pounding. And as the relentless Carpenter draws the net tighter, his enemies prepare to spring a devastating final surprise.
The Program Jack Carpenter series Book 4#ad - About the authorjames swain is the author of fourteen national bestselling mystery novels. 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. His novels have been translated into russian, Japanese, and German, French, and have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
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Bookreporter. Com“one of today’s best suspense writers. Houston press“This series moves like a bullet train on overdrive. Michael Connelly.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1Ballantine Books #ad - His novels have been chosen as mysteries of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have received three Barry Award nominations, a Florida book award for Fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for best American Crime Fiction. 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 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. Praise for the tony valentine series“top class suspense.
Grift Sense Tony Valentine Series Book 1 #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. 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.
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But when “Mr. 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, furious ride with an astounding array of crooks, big money, hard crashes, the inimitable James Swain has set his best Tony Valentine novel yet: a funny, marks, and high-wire tension, and one killer scam.
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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, his friends, Tony starts to pry into Ricky’s past, and the strange little town that is benefiting from Ricky’s fame and fortune.
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With diamond-hard prose, triple-crossing plot twists, and a deliciously noir-inflected atmosphere, Funny Money finds James Swain more than living up to his promise as a razor-sharp storyteller with unlimited surprises up his sleeve. When last we saw tony valentine -- former cop, and legendary catcher of casino cheats -- he was just coming up for air after a close brush with the afterlife in his first outing, lifelong misanthrope, the acclaimed Grift Sense.
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Yet in a city where barracudas wear pinstripes, and reality and illusion shift depending on the neon light, 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, but the city of Las Vegas.
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Once in town, he is pressed into service—and lands inside a treacherous game with higher stakes than he has ever encountered before. There’s a new casino in town, aptly named Sin, the largest on The Strip: three thousand guest rooms and a gambling floor as big as an airport terminal.
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. Valentine’s challenge: to figure out how all the pieces of the seamy puzzle fit together. Valentine’s trail leads him to rico blanco, a ruthless gangster who once worked for John Gotti; his shady, elusive partner-in-crime, Victor Marks; and a bombshell named Candy Hart, a hooker with dreams of love—a combination tailor-made to double-cross.
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What started with a conman’s deathbed confession turns into a deadly Las Vegas grudge match during the world’s biggest poker tournament. 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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In this series about gambling, the main character is a big winner. Janet maslin, the new york times“bask in Swain’s Las Vegas without having to set foot in the place and risk being skinned alive. The washington post book worlda blind poker player named Skip DeMarco is scamming the world’s largest poker tournament in Las Vegas, Gerry, and cheating-expert Tony Valentine and his son, have been hired to find out how.
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