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A matter of blood, Sarah Pinborough

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A matter of blood
Title
A matter of blood
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Sarah Pinborough
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Language
eng
Summary
Detective Inspector Cass Jones deals with a corrupt police force, a serial killer calling himself the Man of Flies, a gang hit gone wrong, and the murder-suicide of his brother and his family
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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. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 03-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 14, p57)
  • In a near-future London of financial insecurity and increasing social inequity, Det. Insp. Cass Jones is saddled with two challenging but otherwise mundane cases: one involving the deaths of two boys, apparently gunned down accidentally during the attempted assassination of a notorious crime lord, and the other involving a nihilistic serial killer called Man of Flies. Then Cass learns his brother, Christian, has murdered Christian’s wife and son before turning the gun on himself; Cass’s affair with Christian’s wife is quickly uncovered, and Cass’s fingerprints are found on Christian’s gun. The occult overtones and heavy-handed corporatist futurism are minor distractions from the heart of this book, which is a perfectly acceptable British-style police procedural centered on a cop who is just morally compromised enough to drive the plot and idealistic enough to be an impediment to the true villains. While clearly a series launch, this competent novel can be enjoyed on its own merits, albeit more for the investigation than the speculative elements. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 4, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 05, p)
  • A serial killer, marital strife and a family tragedy dog a London cop in a police procedural that hits all the marks--and then some. Pinborough opens by setting out the classic elements of a police procedural. London DI Cass Jones arrives at Money-penny's, a sleek pub, to pick up his monthly payoff that lets owner Artie Mullins operate as he pleases. Jones has no compunction about the arrangement--that's how cops survive in this miasmic London of the near future, afflicted by recession, terrorism and a new strain of AIDS that defies treatment. Jones has his own problems with cocaine and a dark moment in his past. But like all the characters here, he's nuanced: He's not entirely cynical and believes he can navigate the shoals of his unhappy department to solve cases, two of which he faces at the moment. The first involves the gruesome serial killings of four women over two months. Across the women's nude bodies are scrawled in blood the words, "NOTHING IS SACRED." And around the edges of their eyes, tiny eggs hatch maggots. The second case involves the murders of two young boys whose misfortune it was to be at the site of a drive-by gangland murder. Jones is barely on the case, which he works with a colleague with whom he had an extramarital affair and a bullying boss, before his brother, his brother's son and wife (with whom Jones also had an affair) are found brutally slain. Worse, compelling evidence, including samples of Jones' semen on the murdered wife, point to the DI as the culprit. His supervisor takes him off the case, his wife spurns him, and he's left mostly alone to clear himself and solve the other cases. Then Pinborough smoothly blends another element: The case may have supernatural underpinnings. Nuanced characters, evocative settings, tricky plot connections and a spin on genre conventions mark what appears to be the start of a distinctive series.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10173682
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1972-
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Pinborough, Sarah
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6116.I665
LC item number
M38 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The forgotten gods
Series volume
book one
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Police
  • Serial murder investigation
Target audience
adult
Label
A matter of blood, Sarah Pinborough
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Ace trade paperback edition.
Extent
344 pages
Isbn
9780425258460
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2012049588
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 795165881
  • (OCoLC)795165881
Label
A matter of blood, Sarah Pinborough
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Ace trade paperback edition.
Extent
344 pages
Isbn
9780425258460
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2012049588
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 795165881
  • (OCoLC)795165881

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