I’m really honoured to be part of the blog tour for Matt Johnson’s latest book Deadly Game, published by Orenda Books in March 2017.

Description (via Amazon)

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

I read Matt’s first book Wicked Game some time ago and thoroughly enjoyed reading such a tense action packed thriller. This follow up Book is equally as enjoyable.

Matt writes an intelligent novel backed up by his years of experience in the police force and uses his own experience of PTSD to create both a sensitive and thoroughly believable main character of Finlay, a serving police officer and former SAS officer. 

Deadly Game follows on where Wicked Game leaves off and we discover the devastating aftermath of the events chronicled in the first book. There are also loose ends to be tied off, attitudes of colleagues to be dealt with but Finlay’s main priority is still to protect his family.

There is a new case to investigate involving young girls who are trafficked from Eastern Europe.

A riveting read throughout and I’ll look forward to Book 3

This is an interview I did with Matt, shortly after the release of his first book Wicked Game

Author Interview with Matt Johnson

About the author



Matt Johnson served as a soldier from 1975-78 and Metropolitan Police officer from 1978 -1999.
His debut novel Wicked Game – a crime thriller – was published by Orenda Books in March 2016. The sequel Deadly Game, was published in March 2017.

Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1992, 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 what has been described by many readers as 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.
A keen biker, Matt rides a ’99 Harley Davidson Fatboy and is patron to the UK based ‘Armed Forces Bikers’ charity. He is also patron to a newly-formed charity, ‘Shoeboxes for our Heroes’.
In his spare time Matt keeps honey bees and produces his own honey. He scuba dives, collects unusual hats and enjoys hill-walking with his three dogs at his home in Wales near the Brecon Beacons.
More information, including book tour dates and festival appearances at http://www.mattjohnsonauthor.com
Newsletter sign-up at https://mattjohnsonauthor.com/newsletter-signup/
Matt is now represented by James Wills at Watson-Little Literary Agents in London. He is available for interview either through Watson Little and can be contacted by email mattjohnson57@hotmail.co.uk and through twitter @Matt_Johnson_UK .

Wicked Game was listed for the Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger award, has topped the Amazon and WH Smith KOBO charts in several categories and at the end of 2016 was listed by Amazon UK as the highest-rated ‘rising star’ novel of 2016.
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