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Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket's Underworld [Paperback]

Ed Hawkins
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4 July 2013

A startling and powerful journey to the very core of India's illegal bookmaking industry that exposes the scale of corruption and the match-fixing that now runs rife throughout world cricket.

For several years Ed Hawkins made friends with India's illegal bookmakers - men who boast turnover of hundreds of millions of dollars per cricket match - as well as the corruption officers of the International Cricket Council who are trying to shut them down. It's a shady world and rumours abound. But then Hawkins receives a message that changes everything and he decides it is time to expose the truth behind match-fixing.

Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy is a story featuring politicians, governing bodies, illegal bookmakers and powerless players - as well as corruption, intimidation and even suicide. It is a story that touches all cricket-playing nations around the world. It is a story that every cricket fan must read. You might never again watch a cricket match without suspicion...


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408169967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408169964
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a disturbing but essential read (Sunday Express)

Eyebrow-raising and entertaining in equal measure ... Explosive stuff (Racing Post)

Hawkins knows both cricket and gambling, but his greatest asset in this penetrative investigation is nerve (Sports Books of the Year, Sunday Times)

There has always been something about the News of the World's spot-fixing sting that didn't quite add up. What bookmaker in their right mind would take a bet on a no-ball at a specific time? Ed Hawkins discovers the real reason as he gets to know the illegal Indian betting markets . The world of the fixer is complex, insidious, and bigger than you might think (Sport)

This book is a must read for cricket fans who want to discover the truth behind the controversies and allegations that have circled the sport in recent years (Irish Post)

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'The most explosive book yet about corruption in cricket' Lawrence Booth, editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

A startling and powerful journey to the very core of India's illegal bookmaking industry that exposes the scale of corruption and the match-fixing that now runs rife throughout world cricket.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, well written 21 Jan 2013
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Gives a great insight into the Indian cricket gambling market and is particularly enlightening on the subject of the match-fixing trial centred around the 2010 Lord's test. Well-researched and well written, somewhat frustratingly the author doesn't (or can't) name names but cricket fans will enjoy.
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I bought this book after reading the review in The Cricketer magazine. I didn't know what to expect and am not a gambler myself. I quickly realised that this is a book written with gamblers in mind, but I loved it anyway, perhaps because of my interest in stats. Hawkins allows you to see first hand how easy it is for a player to be corrupted, without even knowing it themselves, and has an intriguing twist on the Pakistan spot-fixing case in London. You won't find any hard and fast incriminating facts in here that should have players trotting off to jail, and you must take many of the conversations he has with a pinch of salt given the line of work of the people he is speaking with, but it kept me gripped from start to finish and is now going around my office being read by everyone else. They have all found it equally enthralling. The book explains the process of the illegal betting industry in India, and also looks at the people working in cricket to try and rid it of any corruption. I'd like to see a follow up in a couple of years.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 19 Jun 2014
By Darren
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An awful lot of bluster, no real facts, more a documentary on the Indian betting market. Could barely finish it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 11 Mar 2014
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We bought this book for our son for Christmas and he absolutely loved it. We'll be looking out for other books by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will change the way you watch cricket forever 18 Aug 2013
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The back cover blurb for Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy boasts that the reader 'might never again watch a cricket match without suspicion'. For once, the back cover blurb is not exaggerating. This is a detailed, brave and balanced exploration of corruption in cricket, mainly focused on India's illegal betting markets. Highly recommended for anyone who loves cricket or who is interested in organised crime.

One complaint - do we really need to be told four times that former ACSU general manager Ravi Sawani admitted to not knowing what a 'bracket' was during the Southwark spot-fixing trial? Surely once would have been enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book - truly unputdownable! 19 Jun 2013
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I took this book on holiday and couldn't put it down. It is a brilliant insight into the other side of cricket - not sure I will ever be able to watch cricket without suspecting someone of 'influencing' the result. It's a real 10 out of 10 read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight 27 May 2013
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I bought this on the spur of the moment having read an article in a newspaper that contained excerpts of the book. I wasn't disappointed, a great read and very interesting to get insight in to the reality of Indian illegal betting and match fixing versus what has been talked about in the press.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Stuff 13 May 2013
By nix_nax
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This book reads like a thriller, with a travel story flavour, and just a hint of the maths behind the betting industry. I couldn't put it down.

I am a cricket fan, which no doubt added to my interest, but I'm not a gambler and some of the intricacies of the betting markets went over my head. No matter, it doesn't detract from the thrill of it. If you are into cricket and/or gambling you simply have to read this.

If you aren't a fan of either there's a good chance you'll be gripped by it anyway.
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