The Marks of Cain is a thriller by Tom Knox, a pseudonym for journalist Sean Thomas.

According to the publisher, Viking, The Marks of Cain is a parallel mystery that takes two men from the jagged cliffs of north Atlantic islands to the heart of the Arizona desert, from the cursed graveyards of the Basque countryside to a horrendous and earth-shattering secret that lies in wait in the heart of old Colonial Africa.

My review: The story centers around a young lawyer, David Martinez, who receives an ancient map from his dying grandfather. At the behest of his grandfather, David travels to the Basque mountains and runs into danger immediately.

Meanwhile London journalist, Simon Quinn, stumbles into several murder mysteries where rich elderly people are being murdered in horrific ways.

The novel is told from the points of view of both men and is based around a mystical race of Cagots, who are thought to be humans but not from Adam and Eve.

The Marks of Cain is a fast-paced thriller that centers on Nazi eugenics, which will offend a great deal of people. It also ties in a religious slant that will again offend some people.

For me, it didn’t have shock value, even though I think that was the intent. It has been touted as the next DaVinci Code. It was a fast read, but it didn’t “wow” me. It was only okay for me. Based on a five star rating, I’d give The Marks of Cain a 2 out of 5 stars.

To find out more about Tom Knox and his books, go here:

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a review copy of The Marks of Cain from Viking. I did not receive any endorsements of any kind, whether that be monetary, gifts, etc.


  1. you are most generous, t… i'd give it half a star, and i won't bother to read more than your reviewnot because i have a problem with religion or eugenics, but both are so tedious to wade through, yet againthe next da vinci code, my ass!

  2. I love laughingwolf. Well said. I don't think I could take another Da Vinci code. Yet the words \”fast read\” sort of intrigued me. I love those sorts of books on Audiobook. Maybe I'll give it a trial by ear.

  3. Tony,LOL. 😀 I have never seen the DaVinci code past the first five minutes. Haven't seen the 2nd one either. I may watch them someday.Robin,If you do, let me know what you think. ;-)Charles,I guess not. But nobody does it like Indy. ;-)Bernita,I guess it's necessary to further the plot, but it didn't work for me.

  4. I liked this review. You didn't gush all over the book, it's an honest review that doesn't slam the book. The whole religious angle has been done. Tanarive Due did it in my soul to keep. Thanks for sharing! Jaycee

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