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  • Series: Forgotten Gods Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Trade; Reprint edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At first, Pinborough’s novel appears to be a traditional police procedural, with Detective Inspector Cass Jones hunting a particularly fiendish serial killer while also trying to nail the perpetrator of a failed assassination attempt that took the lives of two boys—and dealing with the murder of his brother’s wife and son, crimes for which he may be a suspect. But soon we realize there’s more going on here. The book is set in a gloomy near future: London has been devastated by the collapsing economy, and the police have been forced to forge a sort of off-the-books alliance with the city’s criminal element. As we move further into the story, we begin to see tantalizing hints of something supernatural lurking behind the scenes, something that casts everything Cass is working on—not to mention Cass himself—in a frighteningly new light. The first of a series called The Forgotten Gods (previously published in the UK under the series title The Dog-Faced Gods), this cross between mystery, urban fantasy, and horror should play equally well to audiences of all three genres. --David Pitt


“Gritty and twisty and diabolically clever, it grins as it lures you into reality's unsettled corners.”—F. Paul Wilson

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I was truly unable to put this book down!
Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
While this book does have a satisfying conclusion it also sets up mysteries for the next books in the series, which I'm looking forward to reading this year.
Douglas Hahner
Cass's wife is much, much more than she seems, and her ice queen demeanor set me up for quite a revelation, but I digress.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on April 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough is the first book in The Forgotten Gods series, originally released in the UK as `the Dog Faced Gods series.' The book can be described as a mix of crime fiction and horror, with the protagonist being Cass Jones, a Detective Inspector for the London Police Force, a place where everybody in uniform is corrupt and taking money from mobsters and other criminals. Morals are loose, the city is in a state of steady decay, and on top of all that, Cass' marriage is crumbling, he's addicted to drugs, is haunted by a suitably unpleasant history, and he's overworked.

The only people that seem to be doing well are the folks behind The Bank, a company founded by billionaires in order to rescue the global economy from a crippling recession. Their investment has paid off, and now they're even richer, nearly omnipotent, and their identities remain a secret. Now, they're looking into Cass' sorry little corner of the world, and he has no idea what they want.

Then, Cass finds out that his brother has murdered his wife, Jessica, and their son, Luke, and then committed suicide. Cass feels that it's his fault somehow, because he didn't listen to his brother when he asked Cass for help. But, instead of letting the protagonist wallow in his self-recrimination, the plot twists, and one of Cass' fingerprints is found on the murder weapon, and other evidence also connects him to the crime. Now he has to work to clear his name without any help from the police. All except Sergeant Claire May, who is a friend, and also an ex-lover. Other interesting characters include Bright, and Dr. Hask, who will hopefully appear more in the rest of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MyBookishWays on April 23, 2013
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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 has been found, a pinprick in her arm and "Nothing is Sacred"written across her chest in blood, with no other signs of assault. Meanwhile, Cass is also working on the drive by shootings of two teenagers, who the police assumed were caught in the crossfire of a shooting meant for a local thug. Someone has sent the police a video of the crime, and something is off about it, but Cass can't quite put his finger on it. All of this seems to fall by the wayside when he gets the news that his younger brother supposedly killed his wife and young son, then turned the gun on himself. Shattered, and convinced his brother would never kill his family and commit suicide, he starts digging into his brother's, and his family's, pasts, and is soon confronted with the image of a man who calls himself Mr. Bright. Mr. Bright may not be entirely human, and his connection to the one who calls himself the Man of Flies might be the key to all three cases.

Sarah Pinborough is very popular overseas and she's written quite a few horror titles that are available in the US. My point is, the lady is a pro, and it shows in A Matter of Blood, the first novel in the Forgotten Gods Series (The Dog Faced Gods in the UK). I've made no secret as to my weakness for British coppers, and Cass Jones is right up there with Mo Hayder's Jack Caffery and Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne.
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By ggma on June 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
I gave this a good try, I'll give a book 50-100 pages to keep me going but this one didn't follow through.

The first 100 pages were enough for a story to keep my interest and when I reached that point I just lost interest because it was so slooooooooow, and it brought in so many characters and then it brought in so many cases to be solved, then it had pages and pages of the personal life of Cass and I guess that was a necessity but I found it be on the boring side and lost my interest quickly.

I'm not a big fan of English/British writers but I do have a couple that I follow, it depends on if they can start a good story and have a good flow to it and not just drag it out to the point of nothing happening for pages but descriptions of places I'm not interested in.

I'm sure we all have our standards for what we read and this one just didn't reach mine.
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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 maybe, we think, we’re on to something with that last thought, because as the speaker continues, the flies gather together and form into a shape that is nearly human.

It’s the last glimpse of the supernatural we get for a long time, though. Instead, Pinborough’s novel reads like a sharp, nicely detailed police procedural for most of its first half. The protagonist is Detective Inspector Cass Jones, who works in the Paddington Green precinct of a near-future London (as of the time the book was published) subtly different from the one in the real world. Cass is finely drawn: he is exceptionally smart, but has a strong tendency to self-defeating behavior, including ugly fights with a wife he loves, affairs with the wrong women, too many cigarettes and the occasional use cocaine. He has high friends in low places, but that’s not the reason most of his fellow officers despise him; he ran into some trouble while undercover a few years earlier, and some think he got off too easy. It seems that only his sergeant, Claire May, has any regard for him. Partly that’s because he’s good at what he does, and a good boss besides; partly it’s because they have a brief physical and emotional relationship in their recent past.
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