By Tom Knox

A exciting and startling novel from the writer of the foreign bestseller The Genesis Secret

whilst David Martinez, a tender attorney, gets an historic map from his loss of life grandfather, the mysteries of his earlier start to open up sooner than him. The map leads David into the center of the damaging Basque mountains, the place a genetic curse lies buried and a daunting mystery in regards to the Western world's earlier is hidden.

in the meantime, London journalist Simon Quinn could have came upon his huge holiday. A prosperous, aged girl has been murdered within the so much bad type, and one other murder quickly follows. either sufferers got here from villages within the Basque area, either have been interred at a top-secret Nazi camp, either were silenced for what they find out about the experiments performed at the Basques, the Jews, and a dwindling mystical tribe of pre-Caucasian locals known as Cagots.

From the North Sea islands to the Arizona barren region, from the graveyards of the Basque geographical region to the guts of colonial Africa, Martinez's and Quinn's quests intersect to bare the stunning roots of racial persecution, human violence, and struggle.

The Genesis Secret-already in its fourth hardcover printing and showing on numerous bestseller lists-immediately verified Tom Knox as a searing, exceptional new voice in advertisement fiction. The Marks of Cain dares to elevate the bar even better and offers to be a good better luck.

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There's something unusual and negative approximately my son. you want to be very cautious. occasionally i've got thought of killing him myself. ahead of he kills me. sooner than he kills all people. he'll kill me in the future. ’ ‘Why? ’ ‘It is the best way he's made. by way of God. My son is…bad to the bone. Is that the word? And but i like him. he's my son. bear in mind i'm so outdated, i presumed i might by no means have a toddler, yet then younger Fermina…we had a toddler. A son. We have been so satisfied. Ena semea…’ The outdated man’s eyes have been vibrant, for the 1st time in days; then they dimmed all over again, dimmed unto darkness. ‘But as he grew up…we discovered he has the genuine disgrace of the Cagots. the real disgrace. yet he's great and powerful and smart. And he has associates, helpers. strong humans you don't comprehend. The Society. ’ ‘What is the Society? ’ ‘No. i will not say. adequate. Please. ’ The tears have been rolling now. ‘Leave me this final disgrace to hide. ’ José wiped the smears of the elver grease from his mouth. ‘I have informed you a long way a long way an excessive amount of. an excessive amount of, too overdue. If I let you know extra not anyone allow you to dwell. as the mystery Miguel is keeping is not only approximately me, approximately me and him and the Cagots. it really is some distance some distance deeper than that, Davido, it's so bad and unsafe, for us all, for all l. a. humanidad. the key gets you killed, if no longer via Miguel then by way of another person. His pals. The Society. someone. ’ The previous guy regarded, demanding, at David. ‘You comprehend? i'm saving your existence by means of now not telling you from now on! ’ This was once greater than confusing. It was once extraordinary. David sat within the half-lit dampness, attempting to paintings it out. The rain used to be nonetheless nailing slates at the roof. in the course of the window he may possibly see the fog, the votive mist summoned from the forests by means of the downpour; the streams have been brawling down the slopes, to affix the torrential Adour. David attempted back, another query. yet José used to be resolutely unforthcoming. The outdated guy, it appeared, had had sufficient. Silence. It used to be all an extreme frustration, he had such a lot of extra questions. The loss of life of his mom and dad. the place the money got here from. What was once this in regards to the Holocaust? What mystery was once so bad it intended inevitable dying? but he wasn’t going to get extra solutions, not less than now not now. The door was once thrown open: it used to be Fermina. The anger in her was once blazing, she used to be shrieking at José, her bangles jangling, she used to be virtually beating him along with her phrases. Her ferocious monologue was once in Basque and Spanish, and but the that means used to be transparent, she was once asking José: what have you ever informed him? You idiot. What secrets and techniques have you ever published? after which, in entrance of David, the more youthful spouse came to visit – and he or she slapped the previous husband – contemptuously. José cowered below the blow, unresisting. David used to be paralyzed by means of this ghastly scene. He watched, mute and inert, as Fermina slapped José two times, then grabbed her husband’s frail hand, and hauled him to his toes – and dragged him from the room like a naughty youngster. The door slammed. the steps creaked. by myself via the fireplace of the previous Cagot condominium, David heard one other door slam, upstairs. the full construction shuddered in reaction; the dew-heavy cobwebs trembled alongside the cornices, dirt motes flittered, unhappily, from room to room.

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