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A Matter Of Blood (The Dog-Faced Gods #1)

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On the hunt for a serial killer, vengeful DI Cass Jones uncovers a dark supernatural conspiracy.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 2011 by Gollancz (first published March 18th 2010)
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I've been a huge Sarah Pinborough fan for years now, but all I've read is her Leisure published horror. I was aware of this trilogy, but not until now, not until Ace brought them over stateside (with some gorgeous cover art) and to a local library was able to check them out. This book, the first in trilogy, was well worth the wait and completely lived up to my expectations. Set in the future so near and so dark and so very believable, this reads like an intense serial killer police procedural (w ...more
Jon Recluse
An engaging example of supernatural noir set in an economically ruined London of the near future. Mysteries chase enigmas as the story unfolds, keeping the suspense high and even the most jaded mystery lover guessing.
An excellent start to what will no doubt be a must read series.
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is the first book in The Dog-Faced Gods Trilogy, and I consider myself very lucky to have gotten an ARC.

Detective Inspector Cass Jones lives in London. In a world where the financial situation is so bad that most people (including the police) accept bribes from someone. It's a hard place to live, and is made even harder by a huge financial institution known only as the Bank. The Bank pretty much calls the shots, all around the world. Everyone's doing it tough, but Cass has a knack for troub
Ranting Dragon

A Matter of Blood is the first installment in Sarah Pinborough’s Dog-Faced Gods trilogy, a heart-pounding mix of horror and crime fiction, with a dash of good old speculative fiction thrown in. Cass Jones is a bitter Detective Investigator for the London police force, where every officer quietly takes kickbacks from the local mobsters as a matter of course. Cass’s marriage is falling apart, he’s haunted by a nasty history, and he’s got a bit of a drug habi
Terry Weyna
Sarah Pinborough makes it clear from the first page of her prologue in A Matter of Blood that we’ll be seeing plenty of blood — and worse. The novel opens on the scene of a corpse squirming with maggots. An unnamed man stands in the doorway and declares that “This has to stop,” but the noise of the flies only grows louder. It seems, though, that the man is talking to someone — not to the corpse, not to himself, not even to the flies, though maybe he is speaking to someone through the flies. And ...more
Tudor Ciocarlie
An excellent blend between soft apocalypse, crime noir, urban fantasy, horror and new weird. A very good read. And the cliches are not cliches in the end.
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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DI Cass Jones isn’t a perfect man. In fact, he’s been known to take “payments” from certain local “businessmen”, has what he calls a cocaine “hobby”, and in spite of being married, can’t seem to stay away from the opposite sex. He is, however, a very, very good policeman, and when he picks up a fellow cop’s murder cases, one in particular has him stymied. The 4th victim in what they now know is the work of a serial killer
David Agranoff

This is one of those reviews where I have to be careful of hyperbole. Each year I read a novel by an author I have never read before that knocks my socks off. This novel was the 2012 entry and thankfully there are two more books in this trilogy. This British import is trying to find a north American publisher and there are rumors that Penguin is releasing them under the title Forgotten Gods. Personally if you like original horror and speculative fiction specifically Dystopias, serial killer nove
Liz Wilkins
Well Sarah Pinborough has done it again hasnt she? Wow. Loved this book and its highly entertaing. And a bit dark. As I'm in a dark place occasionally at the moment I really did go with the flow right along with it. There is the Supernatural touch but mostly its just a great story. In a time when recession has left the world in a very dark place,everyone owes "The Bank". Cass Jones, detective, has his own worries. Two boys dead after a shooting and the pesky serial killer known as the "man of fl ...more
This is the first novel in The Dog-Faced Gods trilogy, and rather defies classification by genre. It could fit quite comfortably in the crime section of a bookstore, or the horror section, and the dystopian near-future setting where The Bank controls governments places it squarely on the sci-fi shelves. The result is a novel that scares and thrills in equal measure. Sarah Pinborough acknowledges the influences of Michael Marshall Smith in his crime thriller guise as Michael Marshall, and I could ...more
With a tone and style that is almost an homage to Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus, Sarah Pinborough has created a bleak, dour, and insidiously captivating not-too-distant future of corruption and grime for her broken hero, DI Cass Jones. Were this a simple labyrinthine crime story it would have been enough but Pinborough has woven an engrossing supernatural thread throughout the plot, setting the stage for the rest of what the (American)cover calls "The Forgotten Gods Trilogy." While the 2 sides of ...more
Rob Miller
Rob’s Critical Book Review: “A Matter of Blood,” by Sarah Pinborough

Though I’m sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I’ve my own definition of the five-star system.

*One Star: A crime against God and man.
*Two Stars: Poor, or otherwise not ready for publication.
*Three Stars: A solid work worth the money/read.
*Four Stars: A superior, award-worthy achievement.
*Five Stars: A standard setter, a work to stand the test of time, a work to be studied and re
Jack Haringa
It took me a number of years to come back to reading Sarah Pinborough. I didn't much care for her first three novels, published by Leisure Books here in the U.S., and didn't follow up on her books for quite some time. Then she published her excellent novella, The Language of Dying, and got my attention. Nonetheless, I still didn't get around to starting The Dog-Faced Gods (The Forgotten Gods in the U.S.) trilogy until this year. I'm very glad I did. Pinborough has sharpened her skills of plottin ...more
John Gwynne
Really enjoyed this. A great mix of hard-boiled noir, police procedural and the supernatural. Found the characters interesting, and the plot kept me hooked to the end. Looking forward to part two.
Henry Lazarus
Sara h Pinborough’s noir, police procedural, A Matter of Blood (Trade from Ace) was published in 2009 and has some internal dates that should have been changed for the American edition. That’s only a minor annoyance in her impossible-to-put-down thriller about a London Detective Cassius Jones was working the case of murdered teenagers who were in the wrong place when gun men tried to kill a gangster. Then he pulled into a serial killer case who not only leaves fly eggs in his victims eyes but wr ...more
Lucian Poll
They're funny old things, book trilogies. Some genres seem to suit them better than others. For example, you'll be doing well to pick a sci-fi or fantasy novel off the shelves and not find it "Volume whatever of The Handlecrank Trilogy". (Usually the second.) There are some genres, however, that are ill-suited to trilogies. Crime, for example, where the book series is king owing to its inherent case-by-case story structure. Horror, too, is often stony ground for trilogies. (Tales of high terror ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I would not want to be the person in charge of how to categorize A MATTER OF BLOOD as it could easily hold its own shelved anywhere in the mystery, urban fantasy or horror sections of your local book shop. In fact this book would likely end up on my list of books of the year in any of those categories. It’s that good.

A word of warning may be in order depending on what you may have been expecting. This book is dark – and not “Oooh, he’s bad, but has a he
Andy Angel
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 heart of all things financial and possibly otherwise.

Our hero, Cass Jones, is investigating two crimes - a botched gangland hit that resulted in the death of two young schoolboys, and the murders by a serial killer 'the man of flies'. Then, just when things can't get any worse Jones gets the news that his brother, who wo
Die Welt nach der Finanzkrise. Alle Staaten stehen am Rande des Bankrotts und werden nur noch durch ein transnationales Konsortium, das einfach "Die Bank" genannt wird, am Leben erhalten. Cass Jones muss in dieser Welt Morde aufklären: die Taten eines Serienkillers, der sich "der Fliegenmann" nennt; den Tod zweier Schuljungen, die ins Kreuzfeuer eines Bandenkrieges geraten; den Selbstmord seines eigenen Bruders Christian, der zuvor noch Frau und Kind tötet. Christian war Angeste
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London’s economy has crashed and there is nobody you can trust, not even the police who have started taking bribes in lieu of doing real work. The Bank is quickly taking over everything, being the one organization that has actually thrived during this trying time.

Meet Cassius Jones; a disgraced police officer, but one that his still managed to hold his job after an undercover assignment went horribly wrong and wrecked his life. Even his marriage is crap; leavi
Set in the near future, this features Cass Jones, a policeman who appears to be very good at his job but he’s unlikeable, feared and constantly running away from something that happened in his past. Once the story gets into gear and starts to pick up pace - gradually finding the links between a serial killer and an apparent gang-hit that has gone dreadfully, fatally wrong – Pinborough ratchets up the tension to such an extent that the last third of the book seems to whiz by, with a steadily incr ...more
Wow. I'm not really sure what to think of this book, except that it really blew me away. I actually started out not sure I liked it that much... I wasn't disliking it, but just couldn't get that into it. Then, about halfway through, it grabbed me and really drew me in. The story became fascinating and so complex and it was a mix of genres, which I think is one thing that made it so interesting. I honestly can't describe what it was I liked so much about this story but it is obvious it made an im ...more
A Matter of Blood is the first in Sarah Pinborough’s Forgotten Gods (or Dog-Faced Gods if you’re in the UK) horror/noir series. I have a soft spot for urban fantasy but am pretty particular about the quality of the material in that subgenre. While many books in the urban fantasy realm stick to the somewhat conventional realm of mystery A Matter of Blood mixes together the gritty world of noir with horrific dark fantasy to create a vivid world painted in shades of gray. A Matter of Blood takes pl ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Police Procedural, with a HINT of Dark Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*First Thoughts*

A Matter of Blood is apparently the first book in a trilogy called The Dog Faced Gods. It's a different sort of book than what I was expecting. It's not really a Paranormal, or Urban Fantasy novel per se. It doesn't have creepy vampires, or werewolves, or Fae, or witches. It's more of a police procedural drama wrapped up with elements that could be considered Dark Fantasy.

As a background: The world teetered on the
Expanded version posted at Plenty of Pages.

I would almost hesitate to call this book fantasy-- it is, of course, urban fantasy at its darkest, but one of the things that made it so chilling was that for most of the book, the supernatural elements were barely there. A few scenes gave the reader concrete proof that something otherworldly was going on, but for the most part A Matter of Blood just read like a really twisted mystery.

I loved it, let's get that right out of the way-- it was gruesome
This year's PCon introduced me to a new person, Sarah, who was funny and witty and is going to be next year's guest of honour. After meeting her and talking to her I had to read something by her, I was glad I did.
Set in a near future England, or possibly an England just a little different from now, the NHS is available to a select few, corruption is rife and Detective Inspector Cass Jones is a man whose life is crumbling around him. He's reliant on cocaine to keep him going and his marriage is a
The world economy has tanked, police take protection money in lieu of raises/bonuses, the NHS is available only to the few, but crime? That hasn't changed. Cass Jones is a detective in the Rebus mold - flawed (cocaine habit, committed murder in the line of undercover duty), not loved by his superiors but they can't get rid of him because he's Just.That.Good., marriage in trouble, etc.. And there are two major cases that he's involved with, the accidental shooting of two boys that has the press i ...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
‘A Matter of Blood’ is the first in “The Forgotten Gods” series by Sarah Pinborough. We’re introduced to a slightly alternate London and a very emotionally scarred Detective Inspector, Cass Jones. He’s working on two cases, a pair of boys killed in a drive-by and a string of victims left by a sadistic serial killer, when he is informed his only family left is dead. Jones is stretched almost to his breaking point as he’s now suspected in the killing of his family, but he knows the only way out is ...more
This book started slowly for me, partially due to an over saturation with superficial similes and metaphors. The introduction of some unexpected mystery had me perked up about a third of the way through the book. Some big zingers and little fantastical threads had me hooked about halfway through.

Dark and dystopic with a glimmer of hope, this book has just a touch of fantasy - it reads more like a crime noire. The ending felt a bit hasty and messy in its effort to be neat and tidy, but I fully i
This almost made it into my 4-star category; it is that gripping. However, the book is much darker in nature and sometimes obstreperously so for me. Pinborough writes a very exciting, very intriguing gray main character, Detective Inspector Cass Jones in a thriller with a capital "T." I could not put it down. The book deals with betrayal on all kinds of levels: betrayal of self to self, self to loved one, loved one to self, enemy to enemy. Ostensibly, Jones is investigating 2 unrelated cases: a ...more
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Sarah Pinborough is the British author of five horror novels and her sixth, Feeding Ground, is due out from Leisure books in October 2009. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and she has also written aTorchwood novel Into the Silence for BBC Books (May 09). She is currently working on A Matter of Blood, the first of a supernatural thriller trilogy for Gollancz, which will be in ...more
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