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A Matter Of Blood: The Dog-Faced Gods Book One (DOG-FACED GODS TRILOGY) [Paperback]

Sarah Pinborough
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The recession that grips the world has left it exhausted. Crime is rising in every major city. Financial institutions across the world have collapsed, and most governments are now in debt to The Bank, a company created by the world's wealthiest men.

But Detective Inspector Cass Jones has enough on his plate without worrying about the world at large. His marriage is crumbling, he's haunted by the deeds of his past, and he's got the high-profile shooting of two schoolboys to solve - not to mention tracking down a serial killer who calls himself the Man of Flies.

Then Cass Jones' personal world is thrown into disarray when his brother shoots his own wife and child before committing suicide - leaving Cass implicated in their deaths. And when he starts seeing silent visions of his dead brother, it's time for the suspended DI to go on the hunt himself - only to discover that all three cases are linked . . .

As Jones is forced to examine his own family history, three questions keep reappearing: what disturbed his brother so badly in his final few weeks? Who are the shadowy people behind The Bank? And, most importantly, what do they want with DI Cass Jones?

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575089466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575089464
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Pinborough was born in 1972 in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, where her family still have their home. She spent much of her childhood and adulthood travelling all over the world - her father, now retired, was a diplomat and so her early years were spent roaming the Middle East before, at eight years old, she packed her trunk and headed off to boarding school for a ten-year stretch, the memories of which she says still provide her with much of her material for horror writing . . .

She now lives about five miles from where she was born, with her cats, Mr Fing and Peter. She is a member of the British Fantasy Society, The Horror Writers' Association and, along with fellow horror authors Sarah Langan, Alex Sokoloff and Deborah LeBlanc, is part of the writing collective known as MUSE.

Although best known as a horror writer, with a number of published novels already under her belt, Sarah has begun to also write supernatural thriller novels, and is branching out into YA, under a pseudonym. A Matter of Blood is her debut novel on the Gollancz list: a dark, compelling psychological thriller with a touch of the supernatural, a must-read for all Steve Mosby fans.

Her influences include Stephen King, Clive Barker, Graham Joyce, Michael Marshall (Smith), John Wyndham, Dean Koontz and Madonna . . . and she admits that she really doesn't know what people who don't write do with their time. Housework, probably.

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A gnarly, involving and atmospheric mystery that explores some very dark territory. It's uncomfortably timely, exceptionally well-written and shows that whatever genre she's working in, Pinborough is yet another author who's well worth keeping an eye on." (SFX Saxon Bullock)

Crime-horror set in an all-too-credible near future. (Anthony Brown TOTAL SCI FI)

A Matter of Blood is a cracking read, never less than thoroughly entertaining and genuinely creepy. (BOOK CHICK CITY)

This is a realistic (sadly) and engrossing mystery, set in a future that's close enough to touch. A highly recommended new release, and an author to watch. (PORNOKITSCH)

The book really is enjoyable, and the conclusion is both satisfying and a great teaser for the next volume in the trilogy. With some excellent ideas running through it, A Matter of Blood is definitely worth checking out for fans of both horror and crime fiction, and those who just enjoy a great story. (KAMVISION)

"A Matter of Blood is one of the more successful blends of police procedural, horror and fantasy I've encountered, with an engaging and damaged main character I'd be pleased to follow further. If there's any justice [this] will be her breakout book. (LOCUS)

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On the hunt for a serial killer, vengeful DI Cass Jones uncovers a dark supernatural conspiracy!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fantastic supernatural thriller 4 April 2010
By Bāki
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The world is in the grip of a terrible recession that has wrought havoc on society. Cuts in public services have been ruthless, unemployment is at record levels; crime endemic, and the remaining economy is in thrall to a secretive company known as The Bank. Despite the soaring crime stats even the police have not been spared a cut in their resources, and officers have improvised new ways to manage the crime lords.

D.I. Cass Jones is one such officer, and regardless of the difficult times he's a good copper - that is, he's good at his job. His moral character is far more questionable: he's a drug user, an adulterer, and he's carrying a huge burden of guilt from a past incident that went wrong whilst working deep undercover. If all this wasn't bad enough, he's currently investigating the murder of two school kids gunned down in an apparent gang related mishap, and a serial killer dubbed the Man of Flies is leaving a trail of dead women across London. Then to top it all off Cass learns that his brother is dead along with his brother's wife and child, and Cass himself is somehow implicated in their murder. All of these events are seemingly related, and they all point to the mysterious Bank.

This is a gritty thriller, that is part crime novel and part supernatural thriller, mixed with a dash of conspiracy. When I first started reading this book I had difficulties with it. It took me a while to care about what was happening, and I didn't immediately warm to D.I. Cass Jones. I found the depiction of London and the police at times clichéd and unconvincing. There were slight errors in the terminology that niggled as well. SO10? The unit has been called SCD10 for several years, Medical Examiner visiting a crime scene? What happened to The Coroner's Officer?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By R. M. Lindley VINE VOICE
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In a Matter of Blood debut author Sarah Pinborough has written a very good police procedural with some urban fantasy overtones. It is a shame she spoils it with some ill-judged science fiction.

Our anti-hero is Cass Jones, murder squad detective, drug user, adulterer (with his brother's wife, no less) and with a HIDDEN DARK SECRET relating to a undercover job early in his career. So far, so cliched. But actually the cases he is involved in, the accidental murder of two children in a gangland shooting, a serial killer leaving fly eggs in the eyes of his victims and a familial murder-suicide, are all gripping and well thought out. Peripheral characters are also generally well judged and rounded. As the novel progresses, and things go from bad to worse for Cass, the cases appear connected, and come to satisfying conclusion.

This could have a been a straight up crime novel, but Pinborough includes allusions to Paradise Lost in the text, a Man of Flies and characters implicated in the killings appear to be far more than they appear. And Cass keeps on seeing a dead relative, and a funny glow coming from people's eyes....

And so we delve into urban fantasy (this is NOT horror). Darker than Dresden and more English than American Gods, the supernatural element here does look like it has a lot of milage, although one of the key mystery figures, "Mr Bright", does seem too obviously named. What spoiled the book for me was the unnecessary setting in the near future, making this a bizarre sci-fi hybrid. The world economy has collapsed, the welfare state has been dismantled, HIV has a new strain and the police are paid bonuses by gangsters not to catch them.

Oh,and the world finances are now run by The Bank, created by Bill Gates and Richard Branson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid thriller, not very supernatural though! 9 Jun 2010
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DI Cass Jones is caught in the middle of two horrific murder cases: the shooting of two young boys in what appears to be a botched gangland shooting, and a serial killer who 'puts down' women as though they are animals. When Cass' brother Christian is suspected of the murder-suicide of his family, Cass cannot believe it, and things look even worse when evidence that implicates him is found at the scene. The further Cass delves into the three cases, the more he is convinced they are part of a conspiracy involving The Bank, a major company that arose from the ashes of a global economic meltdown. Can Cass find out the truth whilst also dealing with his own personal demons?

This is billed as a supernatural crime thriller, which is what most appealed to me about it, however the supernatural element is very minor and mostly implied. Cass repeatedly sees the ghost of his brother, but the main supernatural element involves Mr Solomon and Mr Bright, two men who may have something to do with both The Bank and the murders. It is never stated exactly what these men are (gods of some kind seems an option), but they seem to have certain powers - Solomon the ability to control flies (!!) - and are connected to Cass' family. Cass' family all claimed to have been able to see a mysterious golden light in people's eyes 'The Glow', but this too is not fully explained. I understand this book is the first in a trilogy, so perhaps these ideas will be further explored then, because otherwise they were a bit of a waste of time.

Cass is a strong central character for a thriller series, with all the usual personal problems: crumbling marriage, affair with a colleague, troubled past as an undercover officer, dead family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complicated but great
At first I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book but it pulls you in and I found myself totally involved in Cass Jones fight. Read more
Published 6 months ago by bright pink pig
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading but be prepared to buy the other two books.
Brilliant book with great characters and twists. Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy. Thank goodness for Kindle - don't have to search the shops!
Published 8 months ago by P. McKissack
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Gritty and Wonderful
It is the near future but not so different to the one we live in now. Everything and everyone seems to have links to The Bank - the massive, often mysterioeus institution at the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by andy angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Well. Indeed.
Well Sarah Pinborough has done it again hasnt she? Wow. Loved this book and it is highly entertaing. And a bit dark. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Liz Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction to get excited about
What Sarah Pinborough has achieved with "A Matter or Blood" is remarkable. It's a thriller, a tense thriller at that, with a supernatural undertone that doesn't overwhelm and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by N. MEADOWS
5.0 out of 5 stars A confident start to a trilogy.
This book was my first Sarah Pinborough novel, and literally could not put it down, finding myself looking at the clock at 4 in the morning and groaning as I had to stop and go to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by SebJowett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Excellent book. Great story, well written, with realistic characters and relationships. Well worth taking the time to read this one.
Published 15 months ago by Nikki Jowett
5.0 out of 5 stars The trilogy
A Matter of Blood is the first book in The Dog Faced Gods trilogy and introduces us to a number of characters but Cass Jones is the main protagonist, a flawed London detective in a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lucifal
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of A Matter of Blood
I first discovered Sarah Pinborough's work thanks to Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, who had a copy of Breeding Ground on the shelves of what (once anyway - not so much now) was... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Blobby20
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Gritty, Brutal, and That's Just The Cops.
This is a really gripping, gritty tale full dark and sinister people and a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end. Read more
Published 22 months ago by pnoris14
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