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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to Elmore Leonard, 19 Feb 2010
This review is from: Match Fixer (Paperback)
Neil Humphreys and I have quite a lot in common. We're both writers, we're both ang mohs who've lived in Singapore (though he now lives in Australia), we're both new dads of daughters. He and I have spoken briefly on Twitter and Facebook, and I've enjoyed his writing. His nonfiction is funny and self-deprecating, much like Dave Barry. Also like Dave Barry, Humphreys' first foray into fiction is a crime novel, and when it was released, I snapped it up.

Match Fixer takes place within the S-League world of football, something that I know virtually nothing about, and, up until now, have not cared to. Yet despite not giving a jot for local Singaporean soccer, I was riveted by this book. It's less about the sport itself than the massive gambling, both within the country and outside its borders, associated with the game. It's indeed true that Singaporeans love to gamble; the reports from the limited opening of the new casino here reveal a subculture rife with addiction and debt. And Humphreys probes that world with a deft touch, bringing to the page a cast of characters including football stars from England, reporters, magazine publishers, senior narcotics officers, team owners, gangsters, and undercover police.

The result is a crime novel that sings like Elmore Leonard's best. The plot is twisty enough to invite surprises, but thick enough with ambition and betrayal that the characters live in the mind separate from the page. Humphreys' ear for Singlish (the local staccato patois that includes Malay and Chinese dialects, as well as its own lexical logic) makes the dialogue feel snappy and very authentic.

Match Fixer is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and Humphreys has set himself up as a worthy successor to Leonard himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB READ - GETS TO THE REAL NITTY GRITTY, 16 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Match Fixer (Paperback)
I was recommended this book by a friend and could not stop reading it.

The book is based on a considerable amount of subject knowledge and information gleaned from behind the scenes. Given that this is the authors' debut novel, Neil Humphreys has concocted a fantastic plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener, 7 Nov 2012
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This is a very modern tale of Singapore and may be surprising to some who read it. A good tale written by the ang mo of Singapore. I certainly learnt a lot and its a good tale too with some twists and turns. Go ,Neil Humphreys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ...COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!, 4 Feb 2010
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This book really draws you in, keeps you interested right till the last page...Hope there is a follow up one!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality, 5 Jan 2014
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I have read everything Neil Humphriys has written and this is on par with the best. It does help if you have some knowledge of Singapore though.
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