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.
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 lingering questions dealing with events from the previous book. Robert is seen as somewhat of a bullet magnet and few people are looking forward to working with him. He ends up with a department that deals with the harsh realities of modern day slavery.
Once again, I was hooked from the very first page. There’s something about Matt Johnson’s writing that just draws you in right from the start. It’s incredibly obvious that he fully well knows what he’s talking about.
This intelligent plot is amazingly well constructed with multiple layers. It doesn’t just show the dark and disturbing world of criminals but also the games people in government and secret services play and that right there is scary as hell all on its own.
Just like the first book, Deadly Game is gripping, compelling, authentic and highly realistic. It’s a nailbiting ride of a thriller and if this was a movie, I’d be on the edge of my seat. (Speaking of which, just reiterating my vote here for Richard Armitage to play the character of Robert Finlay. Who do I contact to make that happen?)
There may very well be a third book in the pipeline and if that is the case, I will be first in line! I have no doubt it will be every bit as brilliant as this one.