Full Name: Robert David Stark Murphy
Birthdate: March 31, 1956
Birthplace: Wembley, London, United Kingdom.
No. of Books Written: 2
Pen Name: Rob Murphy
- Played rugby for leading Irish team Clontarf in a seven-a-side tournament.
- Won the Civil Service’s “Dragon’s Den” competition in 2008 for innovative ideas.
- Descended from Irish who migrated to Britain after the famine of 1846 and Polish Jews who arrived as refugees to escape the Tsarist pogroms.
Notable Characters Created
+ François Picard
Picard, the second most important office holder in FIFA, is prepared to see his own country lose the right to stage an important tournament in order to ensure that Russia’s bid to stage the 2018 World Cup is successful and that he receives a massive pay-off. When he finds out that the no hoper bid from Scotland and Wales to stage Euro 2016 is stronger than anyone first thought, he tries every bit of subterfuge to undermine it and is eventually brought down when his chicanery becomes public knowledge.
Talbot became Prime Minister in 2010 when, following an inconclusive General Election, the Conservative Party had to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. The Government is banking on England being successful with its bid to stage the 2018 World Cup and the news that Scotland and Wales have won the right to stage the European Championships two years earlier opens up divisions in both the Government and the Conservative Party, with several colleagues concerned about the impact this apparently weak bid will have on England’s quest to stage the World Cup. But Talbot is frightened that failure to support Scotland and Wales sufficiently will strengthen the position of the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru, both of whom want full independence from the UK.
Dempsey is assigned the task of investigating François Picard and the claims that he arranged for FIFA delegates to be bribed to support Russia’s bid for the World Cup. In the early stages of the investigation, it looks like he will get nowhere because of Picard’s influence with France’s police and security services and because key witnesses are either dead or have been intimidated. But his persistence pays off as he manages to obtain incriminating evidence from a satirical magazine and a former employee of the French Football Federation, which enables Picard to be brought to account.