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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Read, 8 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket's Underworld (Hardcover)
Let me just start off by saying if you are buying this book to find a sensational expose, don't bother. The pretext of the author supposedly getting a "script" for the world cup semi final between Pakistan and India is a useful tool to give some context to the content of this book. Strangely once Hawkins gets to India he doesn't obtain anymore "scripts".

What Ed Hawkins does well is to get inside the day to day grind of being an illegal bookie in India and to help the reader understand the structure of the Indian (and hence global) illegal bookmaking industry. From the syndicates at the top, to local errand boys picking up and depositing cash with clandestine money transfer agents.

Beyond this little can be taken as fact. Much of the book has the feeling of overhearing secretive whispers. Any names dropped are replaced with XXXX XXXX to protect the author from being sued for libel. Although you are given some information there is simply no way to verify the integrity of what has been said.

If you want a solid introduction to the whos and whats of illegal cricket bookmaking at the lowest level in India then this book is a must read and i would recommend it as such.
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