This latest novel in the DCI Matt Proctor series covers the dangerous – and murderous – criminal world of international gambling match and spot-fixing syndicates, a big current issue in cricket, football, and other sports. Readers of the first Matt Proctor novel, ‘TOO SMART TO DIE’, will again appreciate a well-written, gripping crime story set in recognisable English West Midlands locations.
DCI Matt Proctor thinks his gambling luck has changed on a sunny day out at the races. However, Lady Luck becomes a witch when he goes to collect his winnings. Two balaclava covered hitmen storm the betting shop. The bookmaker’s head disintegrates when he is shot at close range. Proctor’s investigations open a Pandora’s Box into sport corruption, match, spot fixing and violence. His life and those of his close friends and police team are in grave danger.
After the violent murder of Birmingham bookmaker Harry McGeady, Proctor – with his attractive colleague, Detective Inspector Azzra Mukherjee , a striking character that readers will recall from the first Matt Proctor novel – track the killers. They hunt down an international gambling syndicate led by ruthless Serbian mafia boss Slobodan Stankvitch, that takes them from England to Pakistan. They, in turn become the hunted.
However, Proctor soon discovers real power rests with ‘grey suits’ in sport boardrooms and directors’ boxes – and wheeler-dealer sports agents. He and Azzra must also deal with their own relationship issues and Azzra’s brother Ali’s links to jihadist groups.
Tom Bryson’s other books include stand-alone thriller SARCOPHAGUS, a stark story set in England and Chernobyl, Ukraine. He also wrote THE ZEPPELIN OF KINVER EDGE – a story of a young Kinver man’s dangers and misfortunes when he sees a German Zeppelin airship land on Kinver Edge in 1916 in WW 1 for emergency repairs.
Tom plans to write a series of Matt Proctor crime novels. He says, ‘I believe the potential for great stories and drama set in Birmingham and the West Midlands is much neglected. The success of the TV series “Peaky Blinders” is a case in point.’ ‘In it for The Money’
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I was born and grew up in Northern Ireland, in the historic city of Derry - Londonderry aptly coined 'Stroke City'. 'So - where do you come from, Tom?' I hear you ask...
I now live in the West Midlands of England in the attractive village of Kinver and write novels. Developing an e-book publishing venture is proving quite a challenge and eats into my writing time. Only myself to blame for that though...
Following publication of my crime novel 'TOO SMART TO DIE' and thriller 'SARCOPHAGUS' as eBooks and in print, my latest crime novel is nearing completion - once again featuring Birmingham based DCI Matt Proctor - whose murder investigations take him into the deadly world of sport's spot-fixing gambling syndicates. (Provisional title 'IN IT FOR THE MONEY').
In the past, my short stories have been published in anthologies with some radio broadcasts and plays professionally directed and performed in West Midlands theatre/arts venues.
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