By Tom Knox
A exciting and startling novel from the writer of the foreign bestseller The Genesis Secret
while David Martinez, a tender legal professional, gets an historic map from his loss of life grandfather, the mysteries of his previous start to open up prior to him. The map leads David into the center of the damaging Basque mountains, the place a genetic curse lies buried and a daunting mystery concerning the Western world's earlier is hidden.
in the meantime, London journalist Simon Quinn could have came upon his titanic holiday. A prosperous, aged lady has been murdered within the such a lot awful style, 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 learn 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 wasteland, from the graveyards of the Basque nation-state to the center of colonial Africa, Martinez's and Quinn's quests intersect to bare the surprising roots of racial persecution, human violence, and struggle.
The Genesis Secret-already in its fourth hardcover printing and showing on a number of bestseller lists-immediately demonstrated Tom Knox as a searing, terrific new voice in advertisement fiction. The Marks of Cain dares to elevate the bar even better and offers to be a fair larger good fortune.
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