Friday, 28 May 2010

URBAN CRIME THRILLER: A Matter of Blood - Sarah Pinborough


The recession that grips the world has left it exhausted. Crime is rising in every major city. 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?


This offering is a bit of an unusual one in my book. It blends a crime novel with Urban Fantasy alongside a touch of Sci-Fi and the amalgamation is something that really does work well. Rather than being more UF than Crime as is normally the case in these offerings, its predominately situated as if it were a crime offering with only a touch of Urban Fantasy/Sci-Fi added. It’s pretty gripping, its characterisation is stunning but above all this is a breakthrough debut for a really talented author which goes to show that Gollancz really have their finger on the pulse. Definitely make sure that you give this one a go.

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