a sinister group is manipulating the sport

and blackmail, physical violence and murder are their tools… and no one will get their way.

a massive entertainment business

carefully orchestrated for maximum ratings and profit

Meet the Author

Richard “Dick” Groves is retired from a thirty-eight-year career in Navy and private practice dentistry.

A lifelong football fan, his debut novel combines his love of the sport and his passion for writing crime suspense and mystery. THE HIDDEN GAME explores an ongoing controversy with the sport and how one man must decide how much he is willing to risk and how this will change him.

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Reader Views

"…THE HIDDEN GAME by Richard Donald Groves is a thriller about modern pro football….He has a unique gift to see “the big picture” of a situation and to deliver an intricate plot with a lot of moving parts.”

Reader Views

Nelson R. Gomm

"…THE HIDDEN GAME presents the reader with a complex story of one man’s quest to solve a problem while facing continued resistance. The interleaved events woven into the story are so realistic you feel as though you’re there.”

Nelson R. Gomm

Samuel G. Tooma author THE SOOF

"…THE HIDDEN GAME grabbed my attention on page one, had me hooked by page three, and kept me enthralled to the last page.”

Samuel G. Tooma

THE HIDDEN GAME is an intriguing, suspenseful sports crime novel which asks the question: What if professional football is not just a game but a massive reality show, carefully orchestrated for maximum controversy, ratings and profit?

Tony Stravnicki is an old school, life is black and white, assistant coach who lives for the game, often to the detriment of his family. After a difficult loss, he is fed up and suspicious about the number of controversial calls against his players which change the outcomes of games. Is it his coaching, bad luck or something else? He intends to find out whether “We’re being played”.