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Richard LipezIn addition to being a good thriller, Loaded Dice is also a consistently amusing encyclopedia of casino grifts and the process by which experts like Valentine spot the card-counters and (lately) computer-wielding cheats and then get them banned or run out of town.
The widower Valentine is another likable, middle-aged, steady-as-she-goes, good-hearted dick with sadness in his life; his son Gerry is a hopeless doofus and occasional petty crook. It's too much of a coincidence that Gerry should end up in cahoots with Pash and Amin, a couple of Middle Eastern card sharps with more than larceny on their minds. But it's easy to forgive Swain this lapse in plausibility, as well as a too-tidy violent big finish, in order to enjoy Valentine's good company and bask in Swain's hilarious Las Vegas without having to set foot in the place and risk being skinned alive.
— The Washington Post