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The year is 1953. As the Cold War divides the world into East and West, childhood friends and old foes – Karl Hamner and Fr Max Steiger – live their lives. Karl, haunted by the past and a devastating truth he discovered about his old friend, teaches history in his home town of Hallstatt. While Max, intent on power and wealth, builds the Fratres, an extreme branch of the Catholic Church, with control of the Vatican his ultimate goal.
When news of the Fratres reaches the CIA, an alliance between the two is formed, raising the stakes.
But when Karl is called to Rome to expose the corruption that has infiltrated the Church, he has to face the past – and Max.
From Moscow to CIA Headquarters to a Budapest prison, Sons of Cain is an epic tale of lust, power and corruption where deception is a way of life.

Reviews

Praise for Christy Kenneally
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'Hugely entertaining ... drives along at satisfyingly breakneck speed ...
Irish Independent
'With sparkling dialogue, deft characterisations and vivid sense of place Kenneally has the reader in the palm of his hand as the action speeds from continent to continent...a second thriller even more compelling than the first.'
Irish Independent Review
A fine read...thrilling...skilful and engrossing.
Sunday Tribune Review
'Kenneally is a delight to read. Witty, dexterous, accessible, his prose elevates this novel from workaday thrillers. It has "international hit" written all over it.'
Ireland on Sunday
a real page-turner... Kenneally manages to get inside of the main characters perfectly
Woman's Way
A masterful debut . . .
Irish Times
An absolute pleasure to read.
Irish Examiner Weekender
This is excellent first outing with a hint of great things to come.
Ireland on Sunday
Robert Ludlum crossed with John Millington Synge.
Irish Independent
Second Son is a terrific thriller that belts along at a rate of knots. '...the suspense is highwire.'Watch out for the movie.
The Sunday Tribune