- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Orenda (15 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910633666
- ISBN-13: 978-1910633663
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Deadly Game (Robert Finlay) Paperback – 15 Mar 2017
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'Utterly compelling and dripping with authenticity. This summer's must-read thriller' J S Law, author of Tenacity * 'Nothing is clear-cut in a gripping labyrinthine plot, which - despite thrills and spills aplenty - never falls short of believable' David Young, author of Stasi Child * 'Terse, tense and vivid writing. Matt Johnson is a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers' Peter James
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, 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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Top Customer Reviews
I probably would have give 4 stars back then, like I did almost every other book I enjoyed, because almost nothing deserved 5. I've discovered a lot of stuff since then that has shown me I was being a bit harsh. That and the fact that I can still remember vivid details of Deadly Game tell me this is definitely a 5 star read.
If you haven't read Wicked Game, it's not essential but I highly recommend it. Not just because it's a brilliant but it will make more sense if you read them in the correct order.
If you have read Wicked Game, why are you bothering with reading the reviews? Just get on and read Deadly Game, you'll love it!
After reading Wicked Game I recommended the book to lots of people and every single one said they loved it. Now I am recommending Deadly Game to even more. I can't wait for the third book and I just know I'll be telling everyone about that too.
There is one aspect to this book and 'Wicked Game' that I do find irritating however. The main character is called Finlay and much of this book is written in the first person from Finlay's perspective. However there are scenes where he is not involved, that are written in the third person. I find when I am reading a book I sort of have the narrator's voice in my head as I read. With a book like this one has to keep switching voices - Finlay's voice for when he is narrating, and then someone else for the rest of the book. I kind of think that if one is writing a novel in the first person, then one has to arrange the plot so that the character who is narrating is involved in all the action to avoid this switching of narrators.
But having said that I would recommend this book.
I look forward to the next one!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I heard about this book from a friend and it was right up my street - the characters are rounded and you care about them. Read morePublished 31 minutes ago by Anita
This is a very good read. It starts off steadily and then gradually builds up tension and excitement so that by the end the pages are turning thick and fast. Read morePublished 8 days ago by John Crawley
I loved Wicked Game so had high hopes for Deadly Game and thankfully Matt Johnson does NOT disappoint. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Stuart Parmenter
Wow, fantastic read - I couldn't put it down!
So easy to read and so enthralling that it kept me on the edge of my seat. Read more
This is a good follow up to Matts first book . It has a strong storyline and more is unveiled about the main character from his first book. Can be read as a stand alone . Read morePublished 25 days ago by Cookie
Utterly brilliant! A detective story like no other. The plot is complex with three sides playing against each other; MI5, MI6 and the police are in a race to locate a... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Rachel
Superb 2nd book , action from start to Finnish , highly recommended, can't wait for book 3 .Published 29 days ago by Mouta_2000
Loved this book, excellent follow on from wicked game, intelligent and well thought out. Really gripping and plenty of action I wanted it to go on forever. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gill Soulsby