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So the book starts off with Billy Cunningham being taken from a casino by a Chinese assassin at gun point Surrounded by agents from the gaming commission no one seems to notice. Chinese crime boss (Broken Tooth) had kidnapped Billy's driver and held him hostage under threat of death and one of his crew members had given Broken Tooth information about Billy. Billy is coerced into fixing a super bowl game. The player who can fix this is also a long time con. Of course Billy convinces him of an unbeatable super con. This caper ends with Broken Tooth hiring an assassin to kill Billy. Whew, this book does get a little complex and I have barely touched on the characters or the complete plot.
James Swain gives lots of insight into con men (and women) and simple to multilayered scams and the intelligence and plotting that goes into each. Aside from the legality, it it quite impressive.
Nick Podehl does an outstanding job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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James Swain has been writing crime novels about the gambling industry since 2001. The first 12 of those novels were in either his Tony Valentine series or his Jake Carpenter series. Frankly, none of those 12 earned 5 stars and most were no better than 3 stars or even 2 stars (Bluff, Book 7 in the Tony Valentine series, earns 4 stars and is by far the best of his first 12 novels). Then with his 2015 release of his first novel in his Billy Cunningham series titled Take Down he found the winning formula for writing 5 star suspense thrillers. He followed Take Down with Bad Action in 2016 and it was even better. His release this week of Super Con, Book 3 in his Billy Cunningham series, is as good as Bad Action which means that it is a superb suspense thriller
The Billy Cunningham series is suspenseful while also being light and fun (even silly at times). Cunningham is definitely on the wrong side of the law with his con games, but he is an empathetic and likable scoundrel with a kind heart. This series is certainly not great literature, but it makes for great reading/listening. Nick Podehl narrates superbly. For those with Kindle Unlimited the three audio novels are $1.99 each. They are also a great deal during Audible's current half price sale.
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