We are finally catching a glimpse of the invisible gambling monster
It hasn't reached 'critical mass' yet, but more people are becoming aware of this hydra-headed phenomenon, writes Declan Lynch
I think it is fair to say that I've taken an interest in the gambling boom, particularly in the rise of online gambling.
Over the last 10 years, I have written many articles on this hydra-headed phenomenon. I have written books touching on this theme, the non-fiction Free Money which appeared in 2009, and the novel The Ponzi Man which is soon to be published. And while I always felt that eventually there would be a lot more interest in this subject, for the most compelling reasons - the casualties are mounting all the time - these days I can sense that interest is getting stronger.
For example, I am writing this in the context of a series of articles which this newspaper group is undertaking, on this thing which in some places is being called an epidemic.