• A Matter of Blood

  • The Dog-Faced Gods, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Tristan Gemmill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2011 Sarah Pinborough (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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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Great sci-fi/horror twists on a traditional copper thriller.

Love the genre bending in this well written novel. This was the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed her nuanced and delicate handling of the emotional aspects of each character as well as her ability to deftly carve large swaths of gruesome horror and anticipatory curiosity.

I must say however, this audiobook, I think was especially enjoyable due to the work of it's narrator, Tristan Gemmill. I listen to a good deal of audio books, including full cast narration, and I don't think I have ever heard a performance that has been as good as this. He read each character with such depth and emotion and the accents and voices we all so very different. It really was a PERFORMANCE.

Truly outstanding !
I'm looking forward to book 2.

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Excellent audiobook

The story was great and the narration was perfect. Very glad I bought this on audible as an audiobook..

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Murder mystery with a touch of the supernatural

Absolutely brilliant writing and characterizations make this a mesmerizing read! I'm not big on supernatural horror stories, but the touch of supernatural was so light in this story as to be convincing and believable. You can't help feeling for Cass and the Greek tragedy that befalls his entire family in spite of his considerable personal failings. The narrator was terrific too! Can't wait to read the second book!

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Good book well written

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Starts slow but worth the wait

The character development was slow at the beginning. To me, it was worth the wait. The story was written and spoken so that the visuals were easy to imagine. Didn’t realize it was a series. I am anxious to see where the author takes me from here.

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Not her best work but still entertaining

I usually LOVE Pinborough books but this one was hard for me to get into or follow. I still don't understand the glow or the killer. Maybe its because I listened on Audible instead of reading the book. Still kept me entertained but it felt a bit choppy and scattered.

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Disappointed

Really enjoyed other books by this author, but this one fell flat. Difficult to follow and kept going off in other directions. By the time it ended I had forgotten what is was even about.

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Good read

It was a really good read, can't wait to read the next one in the series

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great book!

my second book of hers and I really enjoyed them both! will donthe whole series.

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  • Marion G.
  • 06-26-22

Written well

This author can write but this novel left me somewhat disappointed. Scary scenario, most unsettling and hopefully not a glimpse of our future. The real world is scary enough as it stands but this novel takes us further into the nightmare that might befall us. We are ruled and governed by the wealthy, privileged, power-hungry oligarchs from every corner of our universe and they see nothing wrong in their behaviour or the outcome of their dirty dealings. Perhaps that is what scares me the most and probably why I found this novel so disturbing. Too close to the truth! Not going to keep for reading again but that is not the fault of the author ...... just a wee bit too scary because - like her - we are already seeing the signs!!!

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  • Paula McMullan
  • 05-15-22

6 stars for this creepy thriller

It starts out looking like a common or garden police procedural but quick reveals a far more sinister side. Excellent character building and a tantalising end make me want to get book 2 straightaway.

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  • Cam
  • 09-04-19

Good read

I enjoyed the narrator and the way Sarah puts words together. There were a few confusing bits as some characters had similar names so oay attention.... I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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  • Eloise
  • 09-15-18

Multiple mystery tour

A wonderful book although im not sure all the mysteries are answered by the end. glad there are more in the series