Author D.T. Smith recently released The Last Mark, the first installment in a chilling series that spans from rural America to the depths of Hell itself. Combining the historical mysteries of the Church with the ritualistic intrigue of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, this striking debut is haunting in a way few writers of the genre are able to accomplish.
The Last Mark follows protagonist Travis Hodge as he travels to Danville, KY to accept a new position as a detective, completely unaware that he’s being lured by a demonic deity known as Moloch. The demon has the power to grant a person’s deepest need, but his price is steep: the first-born child of anyone who takes the deal, payable when the child is 10 years of age.
As the newly minted Detective Hodge begins investigating the unusual child abductions plaguing the area, he notices some ominous signs that the time to save the children is running out—and that they might not be the only ones who need saving by the end.
Reviewers have consistently rated The Last Mark highly, praising it as an “impressive first outing for this new author.” From the nuanced cast to the fresh spin on the trope of the sacrificial first-born child, Smith’s debut delivers originality without straying too far from the conventions that seasoned thriller readers crave.
The Last Mark delves into complex themes throughout the novel, dissecting the many shapes and forms of the pervasive evil that can surround even the quietest of places. Although fictional, the threat of Moloch and Hodge’s determination to prevail send a powerful message that action is what makes a difference in standing against the darkness.
D.T. Smith is the author of the supernatural thriller The Last Mark. With a lifelong love of writing, he is inspired by the ability to transport readers to new worlds through fiction. Smith lives and writes in St. Louis.