Robert Finlay seems to have finally left his SAS past behind him and is settle into his new career as a detective. But when the girlfriend of his former SAS colleague and close friend Kevin Jones is murdered, it’s clear that Finlay’s troubles are far from over. Jones is arrested for the killing, but soon escapes from jail, and Finlay is held responsible for the breakout. Suspended from duty and sure he’s being framed too, our hero teams up with MI5 agent Ton Fellowes to find out who’s behind the conspiracy. Their quest soon reveals plot that goes to the very heart of the UK’s security services. End Game, the final part in the critically acclaimed Robert Finlay trilogy, sees our hero in an intricately plotted and terrifyingly fast-paced race to uncover the truth and escape those who’d sooner have him dead than be exposed.
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 1993, 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. His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result. Deadly Game and now End Game, the final book in the Robert Finaly series, once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.
Matt Johnson talks to Anita Loughrey abut the thorough research that went into the writing of his Wicked Game trilogy. Writers’ Forum
‘End Game starts with a bang and this sets the tone for the rest of the book. As the tension increases with each page turn, End Game immediately grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go until the end. You will find yourself thinking about it during the time you have to spend away from reading it. Johnson has written a trilogy of books that are intelligent and thoughtful and yet nothing is taken from the thrills and terror that End Game provides … It delivered on everything I expected from Matt Johnson in terms of great characters and plot and once again I was totally hooked from the outset. Another great read’ Bloomin Brilliant Books
‘I have read all of the books in this series and I can honestly say that they have got better and better. Matt Johnson has made this series so readable and understandable anybody could read and enjoy them. There are plenty of characters. As always, some are good, some evil and there are a few who walk a fine line. I had doubts about some of them, but they were unfounded. I believe this is the last in the series which saddens me, certainly there are a lot of threads that have been resolved. I will be interested in what we will see next from the author’
‘Once more Matt taps into his own experiences in the military, the police force and his battles with PTSD to craft yet another well written cracking thriller with an authentic realistic feel … There are mysterious forces and unexpected happenings. Life threatening, nerve rattling scenarios. Thrills, spills, twists and turns. Writing the trilogy Matt Johnson has now produced a fine body of work. I’m proud of him! I’ll look forward to whatever he comes up with next’ Mrs Bloggs Books
‘As the final book in this trilogy, End Game does a superb job. Not only is it as tense and brilliantly plotted as its predecessor, it rings true throughout. I found it impossible to second guess this story right up to the end … As you read the book, you are all too aware that Matt is writing about a world he knew in his previous working life. Although I know it is a work of fiction, it means that the way the situations pan out feel authentic and not over researched or hypothetical. It is certainly a page turner and a fitting finale to the series. A fast-paced thriller which reels you in and keeps you enthralled to the end’ Books, Life and Everything
‘Written with great precision and attention to detail, the Finlay books draw on the author’s own knowledge of serving in the military and Metropolitan police force … End Game is an extremely readable, action-packed turn-pager of a thriller and a fitting conclusion to Finlay’s story. While fans will no doubt be disappointed that the trilogy has come to an end, we can only wait with baited breath to see just what Johnson does next’