Deadly Game – Matt Johnson


Welcome to my stop on this fabulous blog tour for Deadly Game

About Deadly Game

Published: 20th February 2017 (Orenda BooksDeadly Game A/W.indd

Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed. Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered, Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK. On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all… Picking up where the bestselling Wicked Game left off, Deadly Game sees Matt Johnson’s damaged hero fighting on two fronts. Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate.

My Review

Deadly Game is the second book in the Robert Finlay series and follows Wicked Game. Deadly Game is able to be read as a standalone (as I did) because there are enough references to the past events to catch the reader up. Although I feel that you would probably have more of an appreciation as to what Finlay has been through if you’ve read Wicked Game first.

In this instalment, Finlay is assisting with the investigation into the Eastern European sex-slave industry and is partnered up with the knowledgeable Nina Braslov. Finlay is still coming to terms with the attack on himself and his family so is struggling with sleep, is still living in a safe house and paranoid of a further attack.

This is one hell of a tension filled and gripping ride. This is achieved through well developed characters and a complex, intricately woven plot that reveals more and more secrets from the life of MI5, MI6 and the SAS. This plot is so realistic it is terrifying and really makes you think.The author’s personal experiences have clearly been set to good use in this novel and creates an extremely credible thriller. The attention to detail is phenomenal which makes the reader feel like they are also on the journey. No spoilers but the ending is fantastic; which is a credit to the build up in the previous 300 or so pages!

However I will be honest, I did struggle at times with this book due to the military and political references but at the same time, I couldn’t put it down!! If anything, it slowed down my reading so I could really take in what was happening and as a result I was constantly being pulled further and further into this murky world where it is difficult to trust anyone!

A brilliant, credible thriller with a tight, multi-layered tension filled plot that comes together brilliantly.

About Matt Johnson

Matt2016Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for twenty-five years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition. His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result. Deadly Game once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.

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