Kane and Abel is a 1979 novel by British author Jeffrey Archer.
Released in the United Kingdom in 1979 and in the United States in February 1980, the book was an international success. It reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.
The sequel to Kane and Abel is The Prodigal Daughter, in which Florentyna Kane is the protagonist.
Kane & Abel is among the top 100 list of best-selling books in the world, with a similar number of copies sold as To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone with the Wind.
In 2003, Kane and Abel was listed at number 96 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.
The book tells the stories of two men born worlds apart. They have nothing in common except the same date of birth (18 April 1906 in the book, and 1901 in the miniseries based on it) and a zeal to succeed in life. William Lowell Kane is a wealthy and powerful Boston Brahmin while Abel Rosnovski (originally named Władek Koskiewicz) is a Pole who was born in a situation of great poverty and eventually migrated to the United States.