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Published by Orenda Books, 31 March 2018. ISBN:
End Game is the final book in the Robert Finlay trilogy. As in
Wicked Game, the first book in the
trilogy, Matt Johnson weaves his way with consummate ease around the dastardly
and complicated intrigues that flourish within and between the security and
say, these in-house machinations do nothing to make the lives our hero,
Inspector Robert Finlay, and his old friend from their army days, PC Kevin
Jones, any easier. Being persecuted by Superintendent Mellor from CIB - the
Met’s internal anti-corruption squad - who is determine to crucify Finlay and
Jones for virtually any crime that pops up whether or not they have committed
it, and hounded by rogue officers in MI6 who are on a mission to eliminate them
regardless of explicit orders to the contrary, are only a part of the two men’s
everyday struggle to survive. Thankfully there are others within the police
force, MI5, and old army friends who do their best to help by untangling the
heart of this book is a manuscript called The Al Anfal document. We are told
that this incredibly valuable document contains descriptions of the methods and
philosophy of an organization that seeks to co-ordinate the activities of
extremist groups in the Middle East. Copies of Al Anfal are few and far
between and, for a variety of very different reasons, everybody wants to get
their hands on a copy. Up until now everybody - bar Finlay and Jones -who
has either seen it, has knowledge of it, or wished to publish anything about
it, has been ruthlessly hunted down and killed.
quest to obtain a copy of Al Anfal becomes quite literally a race to the death,
or the End Game, for Finlay and Jones. Will they survive? The odds
are certainly against them.
Matt Johnson has produced a stunning story that makes an absolutely compelling
read. You just can’t put it down. Words and phrases like fast-paced, authentic,
gripping, tense, comradely loyalty and action-packed all spring to mind, and
deservedly so. But to my mind what makes this book stand head and
shoulders above many others in the genre is the genuine humanity of the
characters who people it. Finlay and his comrades are real people with real
families, not Teflon coated improbable heroes whom you know are going to
survive no matter what happens to them. Simply excellent.
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,he was 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. Whilst
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. He has used his detailed knowledge and memory to create a fast
paced, exciting and authentic tale of modern day policing. Matt Johnson is
living proof that PTSD is a condition that can be controlled and overcome with
the right help and support. He has been described by many fans as an
inspiration to fellow sufferers.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.