About Nick of Time A Nick Donahue Adventure:
NICK DONAHUE, an American gambler living in London, is in Venice enjoying life at the blackjack tables when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman, MARINA PIETRO. Marina seduces Nick, then reveals she is an undercover insurance investigator in desperate need of help in recovering a cache of stolen jewels and capturing the thieves, an International gang headed by a man named “Clouseau.” She tells Nick that his friend in London, NIGEL PHILLIPS, has suggested he could be of service.
Smitten with Marina, Nick contacts Nigel, who has ties with various government agencies and who vouches for Marina and her scheme. The plan entails Nick pretending to be a desperate gambler losing big at the Palazzo Ducale Casino and going to Guillermo Gennaro, the managing director, and known fence for the gang, to ask for credit. Gennaro obliges Nick with a loan, but demands a quid pro quo in return: Nick must deliver a small package to Prague.
The next day, Nick leaves on the fast train to Rome and transfers for the train to the Czech Republic carrying Gennaro’s package. When he arrives, he travels to the address he was given and waits while the people there examine the package. Moments later, he is assaulted and taken prisoner. Nick realizes the package of jewels he was transporting must have been switched during a brief encounter on the train. He believes it was Marina’s doing and that she has betrayed him. Nick is held captive and beaten. He believes he will be killed when he’s suddenly released with a warning from Clouseau for Marina, who Nick now realizes has given back the jewels to save him and has disappeared.
Dumped in the woods outside of Prague, Nick doesn’t know what to believe as he makes his way into the city. Calling on his brother ALEX, a banker at SuisseBank in Geneva, for assistance, Nick soon finds himself involved in Alex’s own problem – the murder of his boss Didier Schneider who Alex believes uncovered the bank’s involvement in a worldwide money-laundering scheme. Nick, Alex and Alex’s girlfriend Simone, discover a clue Didier has left: a link to his safe deposit box in the Bank du Roget & Cie in Basel. They travel to the bank where Nick poses as Didier and retrieves the damning information the banker has hidden. As Nick is exiting the bank the receptionist is gesturing for two of its guards to follow him. He knows they’re onto him and he becomes frantic. Rushing outside, Nick is surprised as a car screeches to a halt in front of him. He jumps in and finds Alex and Simone, who hands him a letter from Marina. She has saved him once again.
Back in London, Nick tries to find Marina but she has disappeared again. He goes to Nigel with the information Didier collected and they blow the whistle on SuisseBank. Its main client, the New York mob, is none too happy with his interference or their loss of revenue. Somehow, the head of the New York family, Tomasso “Tommy B” Bonnanniao has found out Nick was responsible and approaches him with an ultimatum: get their money back and destroy the head of the bank, Florian Emminger, in the process, or Marina, who he is now holding captive, will die.
Tommy B proposes that Nick follow Emminger to Monte Carlo, where the banker has fled and where he is scheduled to play in a ten million dollar winner-take-all game of Baccarat at the Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo. Tommy B will provide the one million dollars that each of the ten players must put up to buy into the game.
Nick has no choice but to agree and makes his plans. Disguised and under an assumed name, he arrives in Monaco and deposits his stake in the casino. Facing off against the other nine players, he uses all his gambling know-how to stay in the game until only two players remain: himself and Emminger. It has come down to one last hand and with the flick of a card, Nick wins. As an enraged Emminger leaves the table, Nick thinks he sees Nigel in the casino and realizes the game must have been fixed. He collects the check for his winnings and turns it over to Tommy B’s associate hoping that the mobster will keep his promise and let Marina go.
Nick walks through the city looking for Nigel and finally decides to returns to his hotel, hoping for news of Marin
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