Gambling Book Review: The Big FixPublished August 16, 2014 by Amir G
A work of non-fiction written like a thriller, "The Big Fix" takes readers to the underworld of international football match fixing.
Football match fixing is not a new phenomenon, but it is something which has become a bigger problem lately with cases of match fixing being checked in domestic leagues, the Champions League and even the World Cup. Only last year the Europol has made public the statistic that more than 700 international matches have been rigged since 2008 alone. Recently just prior to the kick-off of the Brazil World Cup two months ago, FIFA released reports about betting syndicates involved in match fixing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, both in the competition itself and in the matches which preceded it.
The Big Fix
The 2010 World Cup is one of the settings for The Big Fix: The Hunt For The Match Fixers Bringing Down Soccer, a new book released just earlier this year. Written by investigative journalist Brett Forrest, The Big Fix takes readers deep into the underworld of football match fixing –a racket which is believed to compose the major bulk of organized crime profits from an international betting market which rolls an estimated $1 trillion per year.
Not Only for Football Fans
The Big Fix follows the story of Chris Easton, an Australian who serves as an Interpol director with a close understanding of the match fixing underworld due to his former service as the head of security for FIFA. After witnessing the magnitude of the underworld of match fixing in the 2010 World Cup, Easton delves into the world of worldwide nefarious deals where individual players get bribed, referees and officials get influenced with big Asian criminal syndicates pulling the strings in the background.
An international bestseller, the book received critical acclaim from reviewers and readers alike, praising Brett Forrest's ability to captivate even those who have never watched a full football match.