Author: Sarah Pinborough, 2010.
Genre: Supernatural Thriller. Horror. Police Procedural. Near Future.
Other Details: Trade Paperback. 432 pages.
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 . . . - synopsis from UK publisher's website.
Set in a near future London in which the world economic crises has led to the founding of a super-Bank and a new world order, this is a dark and disturbing police procedural that proved an amazing roller coaster of a read! Once started I just kept reading - hardly stopping for breaks. A superb supernatural thriller that had me wanting to see how Jones' would deal with the shocking events of the novel. Like James Oswald's Inspector McLean thrillers the narrative remains very grounded in a gritty reality with the supernatural/horror elements being introduced in a quite subtle manner.
This, along with her brilliant Victorian supernatural thriller Mayhem, has cemented my admiration of Sarah Pinborough's talent. On completing the final pages I immediately ordered the final two books in the trilogy.