Here is another excerpt from my new novel THE GAMBLERS

The Gamblers-bookcoming to you June 1st – available for preorder now


It is the story of Ben Andrews a shy accountant who becomes obsessed with numbers and luck.

When he wins the Lottery and becomes rich over night his life changes, but not necessarily in the ways he had thought.

Who can he trust, now that he’s rich? How should Ben build his new life?
Still frugal and determined not to waste his money unnecessarily he unexpectedly falls under the spell of a charismatic and seductive Russian poker player, named Mirco. They share a passion for gambling but this fascination remains ambiguous for Ben.

What follows for Ben becomes a gamble with trust, corruption and ‘betting on the right horse’.  


Five minutes later Wendy came running excitedly out of the lift. She was wearing tight jeans and a woolly black top that seemed very expensive and stylish. She looked as if she had just come back from a night out, her hair immaculate, full makeup and her movements slightly impaired by alcohol, if he read her right.
“Mr Andrews,” she greeted him formally but warmly. “I had hoped I would see you in the pub.”
“Call me Ben,” he said. “I had hoped to see you, too. I went to Anoushka’s as you had suggested. A weird place…” download (9)
“I’ve never heard ofthat place,” she said and shook her head. “You must have understoodme wrong. I mentioned Mamoushka, the deli. The pub I went to was The Pitcher and the Piano. Well, never mind now. Let’s go to the hotel bar and make up for lost time,” she suggested dragging him there.
It was only the two of them and another couple in the far corner of the room. There was a drizzle of jazz music but the quiet atmosphere had something of customers who had outstayed their welcome rather than of people conspiring to stay up late and get drunk together. Ben felt very self-conscious and was glad he’d had a few drinks for Dutch courage.
“So funny,” he said. “You wouldn’t believe the night I had.” He told her what Anoushka’s was like and about Mirco. “I only went there because of you.”
“Sounds like you had a good time all the same,” Wendy said. “Those guys probably aren’t as dangerous as you seem to think. TV is making us believe all sorts of things about New York and the mafia and gangs. This is a cool city and I’m sure there is nothing dramatic about any of this. I wish I had been there.” images (3)
“I wish that, too,” Ben said. The shots of tequila that Wendy defiantly ordered from the reluctant bar woman had loosened his tongue further and he asked her lots of questions about her flying life, the destinations she went to and New York. Wendy had a lot of stories to share. Ben was enjoying himself enormously. Mirco and his spell had transformed him and somehow Ben began to believe that maybe, just maybe, it was true what the Russian had said about luck. Maybe Ben did have it on his side tonight. He certainly had done well recently. Was there a lucky star shining upon him of late? He laughed again at the thought.
Wendy was giving him all the right signals, touching his hand and leg in seemingly innocent movements that left him wondering if he could be at all mistaken about her intent. It was uncanny. She was by far the loveliest girl that had ever come on to him – if she really was doing that. She would know from the passenger list on the plane that he had been upgraded into First Class. She had to assume him to be a ‘regular’ guy, his ticket probably paid by a company and so her interest in him couldn’t be that of a gold digger. She didn’t have a reason to be. She didn’t know anything. She couldn’t.
He was still contemplating his next step, wondering whether to ask her out on a date back in London, or kiss her now, when she leaned into him and decided the question for him.
“Do you want to come upstairs?” she whispered in his ear.
“Are you sure you want me to?” he asked, giving his doubts one last opportunity.
“Oh, I am sure,” she said and then she grabbed his hand and pulled him towards the elevator.

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Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.

He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.

Praise for Fischer’s thriller “THE HEALER” on Amazon:

“Very Unforgettable Read” – “One of the best-in-class books I’ve ever read in this sub-genre”

– “Touching thriller that raises many profound questions.”

– “Multi-layered, multifaceted, expertly credible psychological thriller”

Praise for “IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION” on Amazon:

“Excellent read. Cracking pace.” – “Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller”

“Fischer does an excellent job in distilling the macro into the micro. This talent could be compared to Kazuo Ishiguro’s gift of ‘writing in the miniature’ ”

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CHRISTOPH FISCHER 922159_10151345337037132_1303709604_o

Short Biography:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015 and his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.







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