Wicked Game by Matt Johnson 

About the book:

2001. Age is catching up with Robert Finlay, a police officer on the Royalty Protection team based in London. He’s looking forward to returning to uniform policing and a less stressful life with his new family. But fate has other plans. A policeman is killed by a bomb blast, and a second is gunned down in his own driveway. Both of the murdered men were former Army colleagues from Finlay’s SAS regiment, and a series of explosive events makes it clear that he is not the ordinary man that his colleagues and new family think he is. And so begins a game of cat and mouse in which Finlay is forced to test his long-buried skills in a fight against a determined, unidentified enemy.

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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 1992, 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. Matt is currently working on a sequel Deadly Game.

Originally a self-published work, in 2015, the rights to Wicked Game were acquired by London based publishers Orenda Books.

Matt is an ex-soldier and cop from the UK.Matt Johnson is the author of the 2016 John Creasey CWA Dagger listed novel ‘Wicked Game’ which was listed by Amazon UK as the highest-rated rising star novel of 2016. 


My thoughts:

I’ve had Wicked Game on my Kindle since it came out, and with the news that book two is on its way, I figured now would be a good time to get this one read. It’s been so long since I looked it at that I didn’t remember the blurb which always stands in my favour as I know I have no expectations. However, this is an Orenda Books author, so I knew I was in for a treat and I wasn’t let down!

Wicked Game is a debut, and a very assured one at that. Following Robert Finlay as he leaves Royalty Protection to move to an Inspector position in a police station, this book is surprisingly fast paced. Police officers are getting murdered, and Finlay starts to make the connection between his previous classified SAS days. What follows is a highly intriguing cat and mouse chase that doesn’t let up until the very end!

I won’t go into plot details, as usual, but what I will say is that Matt Johnson has written a very cleverly plotted novel. Full of twists and turns, with some excellent characterisation and a really great descriptive narrative, Wicked Game is without doubt a superb debut.

Highly recommended! 

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