Series: The Forgotten Gods #1
Genres: Horror, Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace on 4/2/2013
Reviewed by: Chris
In a world steeped in darkness, a new breed of evil has fallen…
London’s ruined economy has pushed everyone to the breaking point, and even the police rely on bribes and deals with criminals to survive. Detective Inspector Cass Jones struggles to keep integrity in the police force, but now, two gory cases will test his mettle. A gang hit goes wrong, leaving two schoolboys dead, and a serial killer calling himself the Man of Flies leaves a message on his victims saying “nothing is sacred.”
Then Cass’ brother murders his own family before committing suicide. Cass doesn’t believe his gentle brother did it. Yet when evidence emerges suggesting someone killed all three of them, a prime suspect is found—Cass himself.
Common links emerge in all three cases, but while Cass is finding more questions than answers, the Man of Flies continues to kill...
I would not want to be the person in charge of how to categorize A MATTER OF BLOOD as it could easily hold its own shelved anywhere in the mystery, urban fantasy or horror sections of your local book shop. In fact this book would likely end up on my list of books of the year in any of those categories. It's that good.
A word of warning may be in order depending on what you may have been expecting. This book is dark - and not "Oooh, he's bad, but has a heart of gold and I could change change him if only he'll love me" dark. I'm talking disembowel you with a rusty spoon after murdering your loved ones sort of dark. That isn't to say that A MATTER OF BLOOD is a thrill-a-minute page-turner. That's not the sort of horror I'm talking about here. This book is about the horrors that lurk just beyond your vision. The monster you just know is under your bed. Sounds delicious, right?
The main point of view (there are several, but they are all done in third person so it's not jarring) is that of Detective Inspector Cass Jones. Cass is a, to put it mildly, a jerk. He cheats on his wife, abuses drugs, drinks too much and he’s on the take. Yet for all of that his wry, defeated point of view and the fact he really is a good cop makes him easy to root for as he finds himself involved in a serial killer investigation and being framed for the murder/suicide of his own brother and his family.
At this point I’ll forgive you if you’re thinking I’m trying to trick you in to reading a straight-up crime novel. I promise I’m not. While A MATTER OF BLOOD is not as overtly paranormal as most books we review here, it does appear that those aspects of the world are going to pick up considerably in the next book. I also implore you to give this book a try. Even though it isn’t wall-to-wall creatures of the night, it’s an excellent book that deserves to be as widely read as possible. The genre needs more books like this.
- A Matter of Blood
- The Shadow of the Soul
- The Chosen Seed
The Dresden Files
Dennis Lehane's Kenize and Gennaro books.