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Deadly Game

(Robert Finlay #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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, deter ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Orenda Books (first published June 10th 2015)
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Miriam Smith
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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As soon as I started reading "Deadly Game" by Matt Johnson, I just knew it was going to be an excellent thriller, the heartbreaking opening prologue had me glued to the pages instantly.
This is the second in the Robert Finlay thriller series and although I haven't read the first book "Wicked Game", it can easily be read as a standalone as there is plenty of information to bring you up to date and be completely involved.
I loved all of the characters in the story and I have to admit that Robert Fi
Jacob Collins
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Game is the second novel in the nail biting Robert Finlay series by Matt Johnson. After the exciting events that took place in book one, I couldn’t wait to see what Matt did next with his character.

In Deadly Game, Robert is sent on holiday. Robert suffers from PTSD and he is sent away to relax. Whilst on holiday he comes across the Christie family who are being investigated back in England by MI5. Toni Fellows, who works for MI5, is keen to recruit Robert but Robert has other idea about w
Nerdish Mum
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Right from page one I could tell the quality of the writing and I knew I would enjoy this book. The standard of writing continues throughout the whole of the book and the author shows his skill with the written word.

Robert Finlay, the main character, is a very complex and well developed character. He is suffering greatly from previous occurrences and you can really feel how close he is to breaking due to the stress. He is a likeable character though and you really feel for him as he deals with
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is the second book in a series following Robert Finlay and though I didn’t have the time to read the first book in the series, it read just fine on it’s own. There was enough relevant background information provided that I felt caught up on what had happened to Finlay in Wicked Game. After an attempt on his life and that of his family’s, Robert is trying to regain some normalcy and balance. They are living in a safe house and though thing
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
eadly Game is going to drag you screaming and kicking right into a multi-layered, fast-moving and a terrifying plot that will have all your senses on high alert right the way through to the last page! I read the last few chapters that fast that I had to read them all over again, such was I caught up in the pace of the book. The book picks up from the end of Wicked Game (the first in the Robert Finlay series) with Robert and his family in a safe house following attempts on his life which left som ...more
Bodo Pfündl
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 out of 5!

„Deadly Game“ is even better than it’s amazing predecessor, with a complex and multi layered plot, very vivid characters and one of the most likeable heroes of the genre!

In Robert Finlay, Matt Johnson created a truly unique character, you just have to root for! He is no loner badass, who seems virtually untouchable, but a very quiet, sensitive man with a smart brain and a good heart
I have read on the author’s side, that he had some concerns that he might not reach the quality of the f
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017challenge
Now I love me a good action thriller, I really do. I adored the first book in the series, Wicked Game, because it gave me everything I wanted from a book. Tension, action and a central character I could really get behind. It was a stunning debut from an author who has been through so very much in his life and career that the authenticity simply rang through the narrative. So, with all that being said, I had really high hopes for book two. I was not disappointed.

Picking up just after where book o
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Deadly Game is the second book in the Robert Finlay series, the first being Wicked Game. I have to confess to not having read the first book and I did worry initially that Deadly Game wouldn’t work as a standalone. I didn’t have to worry as Johnson has written the book in such a way that you get enough information about what happened in the first book making it easy to pick up and follow.

Police Inspector Robert Finlay has been assigned to a new team to investigate people trafficking and the sex-
Linda Boa
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-blog
4.5, rounded up to a 5. Catch up with me on the Blog Tour for this on Friday 31st March at
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Deadly Game - as addictive as heroin

If you were blown away by Matt Johnson’s 2016 debut Wicked Game, then Deadly Game will leave you breathless, as this new Robert Finlay is as addictive as heroin, but without the needles or the need to smoke. Deadly Game, and Matt Johnson has raised his game, this book has a multi-layered narrative, the plot is mind blowing creating a tense and very exciting thriller you will not want to put down.

I was blown by Matt Johnson’s writing when he debuted 2016, the c
Susan Hampson
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When you begin a new series and come to read the second book sometimes you have to recap about what happened before. That isn’t the case with this one. Wicked Game has stayed firmly in my memory as an absolutely unforgettable book. Deadly Game, I am sure is going to do just the same.
Police Inspector Robert Finlay’s life had been literally blown apart resulting in him, his wife Jenny and daughter having to move to a safe house and start again. I absolutely loved Jenny from the last book and altho
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After the sheer brilliance of Wicked Game, I had a feeling it wouldn't be long until I picked up the second book in the Robert Finlay series and I was right.

Picking up where Wicked Game left off, we find Robert struggling with nightmares in the aftermath of the attempts on his life. His new family liaison officer suggests a week in Egypt but she has ulterior motives.

I don't want to give away too much about the plot. Suffice to say it is as tightly woven as its predecessor. There are still some l
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having recently read (and loved) Wicked Game, I was thrilled to be asked if I wanted to be a part of the blog tour for its follow up, Deadly Game. With it still being fresh in my mind. I feel that really made a difference to my reading of the second book. It was much easier to follow!

Deadly Game, as I said, picks up soon after where we left Robert Finlay at the end of Wicked Game. Finlay still seems to be suffering the effects of previous attempts on his life, and along with a change of location
Ronnie Turner
There are so many wonderful elements that conspire in the making of Deadly Game. One of which is it’s ability to give you action and excitement without losing something that is crucial, I think, to the plot and to making this book stand out from the crowd – the emotion behind it. As with some books in this genre, the human emotion in a book can be lost within a tide of action and moments specifically designed to thrill, but not with Deadly Game – it has that and more. It has a heart. And I reall ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
“Deadly Game” a high-powered thriller which I won through Goodreads Giveaways begins when Police Inspector Robert Finlay suffering the trauma of being the target of a personal terrorist attack has recurring flashbacks and nightmares that undermine his sleep and congenial nature. Before being assigned to the Sex Trafficking Unit at New Scotland Yard he’s ordered to relax and unwind on a free trip to Egypt where he takes an advanced diving lesson, saving the life of Marica Cristea and acquiring an ...more
Nancy Holmes
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished this book in three short sittings. Life is tough when you have a full time job and one of your favorite authors releases a great book. This is a suspenseful tale of human trafficking and the complicated life of a man who has had an eventful military career which spills over into his next occupation as a policeman. On a personal note, protagonist Robert Finlay's view of women is refreshingly devoid of contempt or patronization. This is the second book by Matt Johnson, and it was worth th ...more
David Harris
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm grateful to Orenda books for a review copy.

First, full disclosure. I reviewed Johnson's first book, Wicked Game, on a blogtour last year and my review is quoted inside this one (Yay! Fame! Fortune! Prizes...) I also attended the launch of that book at which the author spoke very movingly of his experiences in the Met Police and the PTSD which was part of his reason for writing these books.

I'm also reviewing this on 22 Match 2017, the day of a terrorist attack in Westminster close to where I
Segnalibro Blog
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sooz (P.Turners Book Blog)
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When writing this review, I couldn’t help but wonder whether I enjoyed this book more because I understand how and why it was written. After understanding the story of the author – I wonder whether Finlay is an extension of Matt Johnson. After meeting Matt at the Orenda Roadshow in Leeds (March 2017) and hearing him speak. You understand where the words have come from and how much of him and his experiences went into writing Finlay and this book.

As the blurb suggests – we pick up directly after
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had never read anything about sex trafficking, I usually tend to stay away from books with story-lines as such. So I was a bit nervous to start this book. With it being a second in a series I wasn't sure if I would be able to follow along. However, I am glad I did read it, and I was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it, and how much I really loved Robert Finlay. There is enough back story, to allow you to read it, without feeling entirely lost.

The writing is superb, and the very fir
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Deadly Game is the second book in the Robert Finlay series and follows Wicked Game. Deadly Game is able to be read as a standalone (as I did) because there are enough references to the past events to catch the reader up. Although I feel that you would probably have more of an appreciation as to what Finlay has been through if you've read Wicked Game first.

In this instalment, Finlay is assisting with the investigation into the Eastern European sex-slave industry and is partnered up with the knowl
Robert Scragg
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Finlay isn’t your average Policeman. He’s ex-SAS, formerly with Royal Protection, and recently targeted by a terrorist campaign that threatened him and his former colleagues.

Finlay has barely had time to recover from the terrorist attack, when he’s thrust into a new case, with a new partner. Nina Brasov. The case relates to an Eastern European gang who control a flow of women into the UK; forced to work as sex slaves. When a key prosecution witness is killed, Finlay and Brasov are left t
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A gripping novel that’s for sure. From a heartbreaking first chapter, this makes a very topical read due to recent horrific events in London and even though I’d read the book before that, it all came back to me and made it even more real. I think it makes a real difference that Matt has such a background in the very area he’s writing about. It all comes across as more than authentic and in a world that we know nothing of due to the secrecy, it feels
Rose Maureen
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow Matt, I just don't know what to say Deadly Game is a brilliant story, l don't think I can do a review good enough that this book deserves. l am lost for words, l have read many a book in my life time, but this one hits every spot. I have held my breath a few times on some of the stories, it's been so gripping, and the characters from Wicked Games, Robert Finley and Kevin Jones and many more are great, you also kept us guessing with your twists and turns, you couldn't have put anymore in the ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the author’s second novel and follows on from his debut Wicked Game. Once again, we join ex-SAS officer and Metropolitan Police Inspector Robert Finlay, who in the aftermath of the murder of former SAS soldiers in the first novel, is something of a toxic quality in the Met. Colleagues see him as a bullet magnet and many don’t want to work with him, while some of his superiors guess that he took it into his own hands to put a stop to the murders and don’t fully trust him. So not sure what ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Deadly Game starts off just a short while after the events of Wicked Game. I was told this book could be read fine as a standalone but I went back and read the first book in the series before starting Deadly Game anyway, and I’m glad that I did, not just because it’s a great book but also some of the events in book two were much clearer having read Wicked Game.

The beginning of Deadly Game cleverly and quickly gets the reader up to speed with a report of what has taken place previously and so it
Jackie Law
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Game, by Matt Johnson, is the second book in the author’s Robert Finlay series of crime thrillers. This latest instalment contains all the intrigue and adrenaline inducing action that made the first book, Wicked Game, so compelling. It is another ‘just one more chapter’ type of read.

There are a large cast of characters to get to know from the army, police, and intelligence services as well as the victims and bad guys central to the action that unfolds. The theme is one of international se
Nerys Roberts
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Robert Finlay and his family are living in a safe house after he and some of his former SAS colleagues were targeted by Irish terrorists and a rogue MI5 man. His MI5 liaison has organised for him to go to Egypt for a break to get over the stress and while there he saves a young, wealthy Romanian girl. To thank him he and his wife are invited to her wedding in Romania. On his return to the UK and a new posting in the sex trafficking unit at the Met his investigations bring him face to face with s ...more
Laura Turner
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Arrrrrggggghhhhh … 5 stars is not enough!!!!!

Starting with an interim report surrounding the events that occurred throughout Wicked Game as well as those during its almighty explosive ending, Deadly Game begins where Wicked Game left off.

With having the blog tour booked, I couldn’t jump straight in with Deadly Game (it’s the second in the series and that would be wrong), therefore I read Wicked Game (the first in the se
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me up late. When I was done, I said, "Holy crap!" A snappy thriller with believeable characters with occupations ranging from London Metropolitan Police to Secret Intelligence Service MI6, Security Service MI5, and 22 Regiment Special Air Service. Set in the fall of 2001, the Robert Finlay series continues with plot arcs ranging from London, to Wales, Egypt, Romania and Afghanistan in the early 1980's. Typing up loose ends from a previous book (Wicked Game), the story line moves t ...more
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Matt Johnson

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 March 2017.

Wicked Game was listed for the Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger award, has topped the Amazon and WH Smith KOBO charts in several categorie

Other books in the series

Robert Finlay (3 books)
  • Wicked Game (Robert Finlay, #1)
  • End Game (Robert Finlay, #3)