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A Matter of Blood (Dog-Faced Gods 1) - Sarah Pinborough

A Matter of Blood (Dog-Faced Gods 1) - Sarah Pinborough

Title: A Matter of Blood

Author:  Sarah Pinborough

ISBN:  9780575089457

Weight:  965g

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A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough

The recession has left the world exhausted.  Crime is rising; 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?

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

Peer & Press Reviews

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 Magazine

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.

Saxon Bullock, SFX

Crime-horror set in an all-too-credible near future.

Anthony Brown, Total Sci-Fi

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: A Matter of Blood
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This was Pinborough’s debut novel on the Gollancz list.

In 2013, Ace Books changed the series name to the Forgotten Gods Trilogy when they reprinted A Matter of Blood, The Shadow of the Soul and The Chosen Seed.

Series: Dog-Faced Gods Trilogy – book 1
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Dated: MAY 2010.
Book Stats
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Imprint: Gollancz
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780575089457
ISBN 10: 0575089458
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 419
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 163 x 38mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Doselle Young
Jacket design: Edward Bettison Design & Art Direction
Jacket image: Getty Images

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