A game of reckless abandon and creeping anxiety
From the introduction:
A master spy sitting at the baccarat table feels a bead of sweat roll down his temple as he sits across from the terrorist financier, and prepares to make a 10,000 Euro bluff. He looks around the crowd of well-dressed socialites and minor nobility watching the game and smiles. He always does better with an audience, so he pushes his remaining chips into the pot.
An elven ranger frowns seeing a thief push his way through a crowded marketplace after attacking and robbing a poor woman selling fruit. She quickly jumps up on a high table and draws her bow. She can feel the eyes of the crowd on her as she takes aim. These humans do love a show.
A jewel thief deftly disables an alarm while breaking into the well protected home of a corrupt business man. He moves to disable the security cameras as well, but stops himself, imagining the looks on the faces of those highly paid security consultants as they watch him on their screens, easily walking in and taking the contents of one of the most expensive safes in the country. He leaves the cameras running and slips through the window.