Tell-all books, rousing shock and prurience, are almost always irresistible, which is perhaps why publishers are so eager to grab them. There has been a rash of these wannabe bestsellers in the last two weeks, breathlessly belched out for readers whose appetite for scandal seems to be waning faster than the exposés filling the bookshops.
SPORTS writer G. Rajaraman’s Match-Fixing—The Enemy Within is a quickie but
without the genre’s usual attractions. Written too fast for any insights into the
betting scandal that rocked the cricket world, but arriving too late to whet the
readers’ appetite for murky dealings. Rajaraman pieces together the story, detail by
sordid detail. Missing, however, is solid investigation on how betting syndicates
function, especially the game’s biggest bookie, the mysterious MK. And guess
who’s the "man who helped start the cleaning up of Indian cricket"? None
other than Manoj Prabhakar, according to Rajaraman.