Talking Crime with Matt Johnson

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10 October 2019 19:30
Waterloo Tea, Stanwell Road, Penarth - CF64 2AD
Penarth, United Kingdom
02920 706455
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Ex-soldier, ex-cop and now author Matt Johnson joins us to share the story of his career in the police force, his experience of PTSD, and how that led to the writing of his three successful thrillers featuring Inspector Robert Finlay.

Sometimes when things seem to be falling apart, they are actually falling together (African proverb).

Matt Johnson served as a soldier from 1975-78 and Metropolitan Police officer from 1978 -1999.  During his career he experienced many traumatic incidents, including being present at the scene of WPC Yvonne Fletcher’s death.  Yvonne was a friend and, in 1984, as a PC, he had driven a police car that escorted her to hospital after the shooting outside the Libyan People’s Bureau.

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.

Matt was eventually persuaded to give this a go, and one evening, he sat at his computer and started to weave his notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition.  He used his detailed knowledge and recollections to create what has been described by many readers as a fast paced, exciting and authentic tale of modern day policing and terrorism.

His debut novel Wicked Game – a crime thriller – was published by Orenda Books in March 2016.  The sequel Deadly Game, was published in March 2017, and the finale End Game, in March 2018.

Tickets for this event are £10 each, including a drink on arrival, complimentary snacks and a discount on book purchases.

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