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Deadly Game (Paperback)

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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...

Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy ... and a shocking fate.

Deadly Game is a stunning, terrifying and eye-opening thriller from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

`Terse, tense and vivid writing. Matt Johnson is a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers' Peter James

`An authentic, magnetic and completely absorbing read' Sir Ranulph Fiennes

'A book by an ex-cop and -soldier has the potential to go wrong and fall flat due to it being all about inside knowledge that is tough to decipher by the public. This book isn't like that. It is a genuine page-turner, very well written, and just flows from one scenario to the next. It is clear the author lived through these times and this is evident in knowledge and description. Excellent' Ian Patrick

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryHistorical Fiction Publisher: Orenda Books Publication Date: 15/03/2017 ISBN-13: 9781910633663  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Matt 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 and now End Game, the final book in the Robert Finaly series, once again draws on Matt's experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor. Follow Matt on Twitter @Matt_Johnson_UK and his website:

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As soon as I started reading "Deadly Game" by Matt Johnson, I just knew it was going to be an excellent thriller, the heartbreaking opening prologue had me glued to the pages instantly. This is the second in the Robert Finlay thriller series and although I haven't read the first book "Wicked Game", it can easily be read as a standalone as there is plenty of information to bring you up to date and be completely involved. I loved all of the characters in the story and I have to admit that Robert Finlay is my new fictional hero - human, modest but tough and moral minded whilst sadly being damaged and desperate to protect his family. He's realistic, very likeable and guarantees you an exciting and enthralling read. I was sucked in and was never let go, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it a refreshing change to the many complex and complicated plot lines that you find in many thrillers. The main theme to the story of sex trafficking in Eastern Europe was really sad and quite distressing to read about - making me take a deep breath during the descriptions of what the girls endured. The author did a fantastic job incorporating it into a story in a way that alerts the reader to the real life side of this horrendous and truly shocking industry. What I did really appreciate was the fact that the author doesn't bore the reader with intricate and technical details of weaponry or bamboozle you with military/government agencies etc. The story was easy to follow and really a pleasure to read. There was an excellent multi layered narrative too and with brilliant descriptive writing, meticulous and careful plotting (for example I could clearly picture the diving incident with clarity and detail) it was a superbly crafted and penned book. A fantastic, realistic cast that are likeable and relatable, they are the type of characters you would follow to the ends of the earth in a series and together with an intriguing story they complete this intelligent and addictive thriller. The tense, exciting ending really had me wondering who you should trust. The skullduggery, backstabbing, dishonesty and subterfuge within government agencies is really quite frightening and very believable. Matt Johnson's real life experiences as a soldier and police officer are skilfully conveyed into his writing in an exceptional and talented way and in my opinion this is a perfect thriller for young and old alike and you don't need a degree to understand it! I look forward in anticipation to read the last in the trilogy "End Game", from all accounts it too looks a fabulous read and with all books in the series published by the respected Orenda Books, I truly expect another thrilling and compelling read. 5 stars

- 03/06/2018
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