house of thieves summary

From the mansions surrounding Central Park, to the Opium dens and gambling halls, Belfoure explores the problems that plagued the city in the 1880s. Set in the 1880s it gives the readers a sense of what it was like to live in New York City in that time period. From the author of The Paris Architect, those who enjoy historical fiction or crime novels will like this one. Cross uses his architectural knowledge to help Kent rob the homes of his wealthy friends. I think the author did a wonderful job of contrasting the high society set to the downtrodden of the city. "Starred Review. I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To search one or more specific libraries: Check the boxes beside the libraries you want to search. The story itself is a page-turner. John Cross is a respected architect in 1886 New York. Not as uniformly enjoyable as "The Descendants", but still an fine collection of keenly observed, cutting stories about the bonds and betrayals within families. From the many sometimes suffocating rules of etiquette for the upper classes to the stifling poverty of the lowest classes you can get a good sense of that time and place.

Written by the author of "The Descendants," House of Thieves consists of short stories about people who live in Hawaii, and live lives of separation, longing, loneliness, loss and basically broken lives.

He repeats details and the writing is pedestrian. Rules of civility [electronic resource (eBook)] : a novel / Amor Towles. Subscribe to receive some of our best reviews, "beyond the book" articles, book club info, and giveaways by email. Set in New York in the Gilded Age, the plot revolves around a society family whose son has gotten into trouble gambling, accruing a large debt held by some gangsters.

The descriptions of New York in the 1880s were excellent. Then throw in a bit of Oceans Eleven. The prose is generally clean and unadorned, but still finds its poetic breath; the characters are often surprising and frequently in crisis. A pulse-raising read for historical crime and historical thriller fans."

In order to save his son, he chooses to repay his debt to James T. Kent by joining his notorious gang of thieves.

iii. I’ll say right off I’m a big fan of this Kaui’s writing. I'm not a big fan of short stories, and in general these were not the types of stories I would be interested in. The stories are not even close. Visit my website: “...we’re just kids growing up on an island, doing bad things in pretty places.”. A highly unbelievable family which in an instant turns it's back on all of the inbred values/beliefa/norms and risking complete socil ruin turns to a life of crime and worse- freely associates with lowerr class people as EQUALS! From the many sometimes suffocating rules of etiquette for the upper classes to the stifling poverty of the lowest classes you can get a good sense of that time and place. But Cross's entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down --and for his family to go down too"-- Publisher marketing.

My Review: The premise of an upper class professional suddenly forced to use his knowledge of New York City's elite to work with a crime boss in order to save his son was quite intriguing to me. Soon, a family living in simplicity became engrossed in pickpockets, sleight of hand and robberies until they became a bunch of thieves.

Has a good premise but the author doesn't follow through on the good start. Come in to browse at all 23 locations. Nor quibbling with the quick and passing introduction of third-tier characters who do not advance the story, but all in all a good read. A mesmerizing entertaining read!

More Information | But Cross's entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down - and for his family to go down too. I'd describe it as a sort of Hawaiian equivalent of that movie The Ice Storm, set in the late '80s/early '90s, against a beautiful, semi-exotic backdrop like the one on. House of Thieves is definitely a must read! The novel was based on the first story in this collection, The Minor Wars.

Throughout the book she realistically portrays every range of human emotions as her characters deal with situations and relationships that run from uncomfortable to gut wrenching. I really enjoyed the Paris Architect and looked forward to Belfoure's next novel. I also really liked The After Party. But Cross's entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down - and for his family to go down too. The only way the father can save the son is by joining the gangster's gang of thieves, and providing inside architectural knowledge to break into his wealthy society friends' houses. I really liked The Paris Architect so I was eager to read this new novel by Charles Belfoure. 432 pages Belfoure's sly, roguish writing opens a window to those living both gilded and tarnished lives... Best of all, Belfoure holds together each and every thread of the novel, resulting in a most memorable, evocative read."

His area of specialty is historic preservation, and he has published several architectural histories, one of which won a Graham Foun. However, I did enjoy "Begin with an Outline" and "Secret Cutch" quite a bit. With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang.

My next novel, How to Party with an Infant will be published August 9 2016. Visit. Thanks! House of Thieves A Novel (Book) : Belfoure, Charles : When his son racks up an impossible gambling debt to a notorious gang in nineteenth-century New York, John Cross uses his inside knowledge of high-society mansions and museums to craft a perfect heist.

Like the Paris Architect, this is historical fiction with an architectural focus; i.e. I’ve seen this book in a dozen Shelf Awareness emails and blog lists and book review compendiums, always with an upbeat. Yes, the f-word was in the book a time or two, but was not unexpected. John Cross is a wealthy architect whose son George has a serious gambling addiction. It makes for a great story line. My tolerance for depression is pretty high, but this book tested that tolerance. The peculiar insularity of island culture and the still-festering grievances of Hawaiian history provide a crucial background -- the stories are universal in the sense that these. An architect by profession, Charles Belfoure has published several architectural histories, one of which won a Graham Foundation Grant for architectural research. The plot is also serviceable: an architect is drawn in by a crime lord who is threatening to kill his son over a gambling debt. Soon, a family living in simplicity became engrossed in pickpockets, sleight of hand and robbe. I was fully satisfied! Her style takes you to uncomfortable places yet you can't stop reading.

I confess I didn't get much beyond the set-up. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Horrors! that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang. I need to get on both like yesterday.) I cannot recommend it enough.

Set in the 1880s, House of Thieves introduced us to the successful architect, John Cross and his family of misfits. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won't solve. You might not be. The strongest stories Minor Wars (which is what The Descendants is based on) and Begin with an Outline are the reasons I've rated this so high. I took that book because I was interested in reading a novel written by an architect. You will need to repeat these steps for each new search. Mr. Belfoure’s sophomore novel is not as exciting or intense as his first novel but it remains an interesting glimpse into the past. The information about House of Thieves shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. All rights reserved. The Paris architect : a novel / Charles Belfoure. John Cross’ dilemma of saving his son at the risk of his own life seems drastic, and the story’s resolution is not only predictable but downright silly.

Don't go anywhere near this if you don't like the idea of people who have a lot of money who are somehow sad. However, the writing in House of Thieves is serviceable, but not enjoyable. They are also related to the Astors who were nouveau riche. Related to both the Astor family, nouveau riche but certainly defining the current mores, and the Knickerbockers, responsible for the code of manners that defines the upper classes, Cross is enjoying his successes, both personally and professionally, when he receives the jolt of a lifetime.

He has been a freelance writer for the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times. Didn;'t want them to end.

Hardcover, 9781492617891, 149261789X Is this story profanity laced? Hood kills it.

They flounder in their relationships, and try to ignore their true feelings and motivations. Refresh and try again.

Hemmings has a good way of ending a story- she leaves enough to mystery so that you'd still like to read more while at the same time leaving enough information about the. I adored his novel, Would you commit a crime to keep your family from death?

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