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  • 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)
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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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I read this book about 18 months ago but was reminded (by something unrelated) that I hadn't written a review, so I'm here to put that right.
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!
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I have been eagerly awaiting this sequel since reading Wicked Game and I really wasn't disappointed at all. What I love about the Finlay character is he's actually human - unlike some heroes in books that get shot, stabbed, blown up, etc etc, then get up without a scratch and not a bother to them. They may as well be superheroes like Batman most of the time. Finlay shows he has emotions and actually does get hurt - it's true to life. Following on from the events in Wicked Game, Finlay not only has to tackle a new job and difficulties in work but also PTSD. Matt Johnson's indepth knowledge, having gone through PTSD himself, actually shines through in his writing and you know its real and actually does happen to these men and women who essentially are protecting us. The characters are brought to life so well you can honestly believe this is something that is happening in real life right now - what is scary is that it probably is. Matt's insight on everything he is writing about - The Met, The SAS, PTSD - makes this story far more believable than other "famous" crime writers.

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.
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After reading Wicked game I have waited a long time to read this one. It was well worth the wait taking you into the seamier side of life a place you hope no one should ever be forced into. The book keeps you going at a fair pace from Scotland yard to Wales. The scene that really stands out for me was the one where a policeman was shot and Finlay does an emergency first aid operation.
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This is an excellent thriller and hard to put down. Overall I really enjoyed it.
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.
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I loved this book - the main character becomes more real and we see more of the emotional and mental vulnerabilities. There are edge of your seat dynamics that power your forward to a twisty turney ultimate conclusion that is unpredictable and make this book impossible to put down - even more of this please!
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Matt's second book was thoroughly enjoyable! I loved the fact that the Finlay chapters were in first person and the rest of the book was in third. It gave depth to Finlay's character and helped the reader connect with his vulnerable side.
I look forward to the next one!!
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This, the second book in the Robert Finlay series starts soon after the events of the first book (Wicked Game) so it's recommended that book 1 is read first. Excellent story, loads of action and great characters, (good and bad) propel the book to the final page, where you'll be itching for book 3. Highly recommended.
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How many reviews do you see these days that state a particular book is so good that you won't be able to put it down; but when you do start reading it the contents are not what you had expected. Well I can honestly state that Wicked Game and Deadly Game are not boring, and not just another read. From the start of each book you are sucked into the story head first and you are not therefore able to put them down. The writer, Matt Johnson, drags you through a web of thrills and adventure, which at times is far more exciting than many high profile writers can achieve these days. I can't wait to read the continuing story of Robert Finlay....
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