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Product details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Martyn Parfitt (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957326904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957326903
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Matt Johnson is the indie author of two novels, 'Wicked Game' and 'Deadly Game'.

Matt is an ex-soldier and cop from the UK.

His first debut 'Wicked Game' was described as "Terse, tense and vivid writing. Matt Johnson is a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers. And he's going to be a big name." by Peter James, International best-selling crime thriller novelist.

A popular review on Amazon said of 'Wicked Game' "...imagine a book with the realism of Ryan & McNab [and] the story telling of Patterson..." May 2013.

First published in 2012 as an independent e-book for Amazon Kindle, Wicked Game has already received over 250 independent 5* reader reviews (US and UK). Following release, the book was listed in the top ten best-selling novels in the Amazon 'Thriller' category.

In March 2013, Wicked Game was listed amongst the top debut novels for the year by the Apple UK iBookstore.

Readers describe Wicked Game as being a debut novel to rival established best selling-authors including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Chris Ryan and Andy McNab.

Deadly Game is the sequel to the debut novel and follows the adventures of the main protagonist, Bob Finlay.

About the author

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, 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. Whilst 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. He has used his detailed knowledge and memory to create a fast paced, exciting and authentic tale of modern day policing.

Matt Johnson is living proof that PTSD is a condition that can be controlled and overcome with the right help and support. He has been described by many fans as an inspiration to fellow sufferers.

Matt has recently been interviewed and featured on BBC Radio, Talk Radio Europe, BRFm radio, in the South Wales Argus and has been featured in the UK National Police and MOD Oracle magazines.

Reviewers comments

"An amazing debut novel by Matt Johnson. This was a book I simply could not put down, it is so fast paced with numerous twists and turns that it gets your attention in the first few pages. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a gritty thriller." Goodreads.com
And from Amazon...
"The plot is strong and features an SAS soldier turned policeman whose past comes back to haunt him. The story raced along at a high pace, twisting and turning and keeping you guessing. Each character is thoughtfully introduced and effectively developed. That bond between former soldiers is brilliantly captured and the dialogue and engagement is written in such a way that the reader feels a part of this. Matt Johnson has stepped into a very busy genre but has come up with something fresh and distinctive"
"...loved, loved, loved reading this book, my husband was constantly trying to read it over my shoulder... he is very happy now I've finished so he can read it. I connected with the character Finlay from the start - the contrast between the "family man" and "soldier" was brilliant and when the two worlds collide well...just read it for yourself...Cleverly written, it is a typical hard to put down book and real page turner"
"Wicked Game had me gripped from the start, believable characters nicely paced with a few twists and turns had me reading the book in no time at all.
Messr`s McNab and Ryan look over your shoulders, there is a new kid in town. His name is Matt Johnson!"
"...from the outset I was submersed in the story and enjoyed the journey immensely. The perspective is well balanced, allowing the opportunity to explore both sides of the plot. This is not just a "gung-ho" self indulged storyline too often seen from many of the pretenders in this genre. Highly recommended"
"Matt Johnson has an enviable gift that he has used exceptionally well. This is one of my Top 5 debut novels of all time! Which considering I have been reading the likes of Stephen King, Stephen Leather, James Ellroy, Carl Hiaasen, James Lee Burke, Robert Crais for as long as I can remember, he is in esteemed company!"
"Wicked Game is simply the best debut novel I've ever read. Finished over a weekend, I just couldn't put it down. The pace of the storyline is relentless and thoroughly absorbing. My own dad was ex military and served as a police officer for over 20 yrs so the topic of the novel was of great interest to me anyway. I've read dozens of books on the SAS, IRA etc and Wicked Game has joined them all on the top shelf. From page 1 it just grabbed my balls and didn't let go until the end. Massive congratulations to the author."


Matt is now represented by James Wills at Watson-Little Literary Agents in London. He is available for interview either through Watson Little or he and can be contacted by email mattjohnson57@hotmail.co.uk and through twitter Matt_Johnson_UK .



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About the Author

About the author 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, 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. Whilst 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. He has used his detailed knowledge and memory to create a fast paced, exciting and authentic tale of modern day policing. Matt Johnson is living proof that PTSD is a condition that can be controlled and overcome with the right help and support. He has been described by many fans as an inspiration to fellow sufferers. Matt is currently working on a sequel 'Deadly Game' scheduled for publication Summer 2015

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeny Harrhy on 28 Aug. 2013
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I follow @Matt_Johnson_UK on twitter and kept seeing over and over again reviews from fellow tweeters about how good this book was, so I decided to join them and buy it. A brilliant move and proof that tweeters don't lie!!

You know when you're reading a book and, although you want to know what's going to happen next, you just don't want it to end? THIS is that book.

From the very first page to the very last, this is a completely absorbing read. Fast paced, twisting, turning, exciting, enthrawling, entertaining, emotional and at times quite dark. The charachers were believable as were the technical elements, which were described in a way that I am sure that folk in the know about military, weaponry and police work etc would not feel like they were being patronised and that a mere layman such as myself could understand completely.

I read it in 3 days on my holiday and told literally everyone that would listen that they had to get it, including a stranger on the plane on my journey home!

My brother-in-law is ex Army, Protection Squad and Firearms, so I have insisted that he buy it too.

In fact, everyone should give it a read. If you like a bit of a conundrum that doesn't go on and on and on about how the grass was green and the sky was blue, but just gets on with the story and keeps you hooked to the very end, then this my friends is the book for you.

More of the same please Matt. You're a natural at this (wicked) game!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kenny child on 30 May 2013
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Read from cover to cover in justtwo days impossible to put down, imagine a book with the realism of Ryan & Mcnab with the story telling if Patterson then you have this book. The story of a former sas officer who is now a police officer whos past becomes his present day nightmare set in London it is fast paced but totally credible and believable the characters are well written and you feel you know them the best book I have read for sometime very much looking forward to the sequel Wicked Game
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 27 Sept. 2013
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I downloaded Wicked Game when it was free because the blurb grabbed my attention. I didn't read it for about a year, but when I got round to reading it I was very pleasantly surprised. There are many established authors with established heroes in this genre, all with their own unique styles. Recently, I've felt that things were growing a bit stale and characters were running out of steam. Lee Child's (the king of the genre) latest Reacher book was awful. Written for Hollywood, it is a series of action scenes with filler in between. Johnson manages to take the better elements of all of the other authors and weave them into an enjoyable experience for the reader.

The plot is strong and features an SAS soldier turned policeman whose past comes back to haunt him. The story raced along at a high pace, twisting and turning and keeping you guessing. Each character is thoughtfully introduced and effectively developed. That bond between former soldiers is brilliantly captured and the dialogue and engagement is written in such a way that the reader feels a part of this.

Matt Johnson has stepped into a very busy genre but has come up with something fresh and distinctive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to getting to know more about Robert Finlay.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marie Clark on 9 Dec. 2013
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I have just finished Wicked Game by Matt Johnson. Definitely a 5* debut novel. Thrilling rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Believeable characters, looking forward to several more books with Bob Finlay as the lead. Well done Matt
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Young on 6 Sept. 2014
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I have just finished reading Wicked Game. I could say so much because I just want to express how the book delivers a thriller ride, but I would just give the story away! I am an avid reader and particularly like thrillers with an edge, my favourite reads ever being by authors such as Mark Billingham, Stephen Leather, Jeffrey Archer and Thomas Harris. I have read many more by different authors but from the names mentioned I can vividly remember the stories as if I has read them yesterday as they captured my imagination so much.

Matt Johnson's debut novel will now join this group, at some points I just wanted to shout at the book like you do when you are watching a big screen thriller.... Twists and turns all the way with very believable characters.... It also made me question my own perception on how the governing authorities interface, react and protect the general public plus their own! There is nothing better than a form of escapism that educates you!

On a personal note I've not been able to concentrate on books, television or films for nearly a year now due to a series of incidents that effected me deeply.... Wicked Game has now broken that spell! So thank-you Mr Johnson!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacqui Bell on 30 Aug. 2014
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This is Matt Johnson’s debut novel and was first published in 2012. I heard about Matt and his book through a friend who writes book blogs and downloaded it to my Kindle on her recommendation. It’s not the usual type of book I read, but I decided to give it a go this summer.
It only took me a few evenings to read it, which with me is always the sign of a good book. I found it enthralling, it’s twists and turns keep you guessing at who is or was the bad guy/guys right until the end.
I am hoping that Matt will write lots more books, as I think this one has definitely turned me into a thriller reader!
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