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
Deadly Game is one of those books that hooks you from the very first page to the very last. It’s an incredible sequel to Wicked Game and while the action isn’t always as high octane as it was in the first book, it’s still super compelling and to learn more about Finlay. He has such a compelling, intriguing backstory, the kind that you feel you never really get enough of.
Matt Johnson is an incredible writer, and you can tell he writes from a vast amount of experience, as this is his background and he’s very comfortable in the crime thriller genre. Robert Finlay is up there with such fantastic characters like Marnie Rome and Jane Rizzoli. The portrayal of PTSD is very lifelike and it’s something I always like an insight into, as I feel it gets brushed aside quite often, like it isn’t something very real and very horrific to deal with, but Johnson deals with it so well and it comes across so, so well.
I’m a little bit sad there’s (apparently) only one book left in this trilogy. Saying that, it seems like poor Robert Finlay does need a rest (and perhaps a good holiday?!) so I can’t be too angry there’s only one book to go. Matt Johnson is an incredible writer, he writes such real, compelling books that deal with incredibly difficult subjects (the PTSD isn’t the worst thing explored in Deadly Game, the entire sex trafficking plot is just awful, it’s something I personally hate reading about, but it was done so well). I definitely recommend Deadly Game, and Wicked Game, if you haven’t read it. They’re top notch crime thrillers.