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House of Thieves InNew York, a respectable architect shouldn t have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city But when John Cross s son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent s Gents, Cross must pay it back himself 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 The take better include some cash too the bigger the payout, the faster this will be overWith a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang 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 ➠ [Epub] ➚ Longbow Girl By Linda Davies ➪ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a respectable architect shouldn t have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city But when John Cross s son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent s Gents [Read] ➲ On His Naughty List By Jessica Jarman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Cross must pay it back himself 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 The take better include some cash too the bigger the payout ➭ Fire Colour One Read ➵ Author Jenny Valentine – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the faster this will be overWith a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets [PDF / Epub] ❤ Invisible Wounds ✅ Kay Douglas – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Cross becomes invaluable to the gang But Cross s entire life has become a balancing act [KINDLE] ❆ A City Possessed By Lynley Hood – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down and for his family to go down too The House of Thieves is pure fun This novel offers a modern take filled with winks and nods on Old New York society I highly recommend Gambling debts, robbery rings, and high society and thugs blending together for a marvelous read HOUSE OF THIEVES takes us back to the late 1800 s when women needed escorts and when men were their protectors The men definitely protected their wives and families and kept secrets from them as they carried out their days.The secret John Cross kept from his wife , though, was one he couldn t keep for long When he returned home one evening with bruises and cuts, John had to tell his wif Gambling debts, robbery rings, and high society and thugs blending together for a marvelous read HOUSE OF THIEVES takes us back to the late 1800 s when women needed escorts and when men were their protectors The men definitely protected their wives and families and kept secrets from them as they carried out their days.The secret John Cross kept from his wife , though, was one he couldn t keep for long When he returned home one evening with bruises and cuts, John had to tell his wife about his deal with Kent The secret he kept was that their son, George, had racked up a gambling debt that he couldn t pay, and Kent came to John with a deal John wasn t able to pass up.John wasn t able to pass it up because it was a good deal John wasn t able to pass it up because it was a deal that he had to accept to keep his family safe If he didn t go along with Kent, John saw what Kent was capable of.The deal took every waking minute of John s time and was something he would never dream of doing or being a part of If he got caught, he would ruin his family, but better to be ruined than dead.The characters seemed quite authentic John Cross made me afraid for him, Kent was despicable and ruthless, George made me angry that he would continue to do what he did to put his family in this situation even after his father told him he knew of his dangerous obsession Kent seemed as if he were just playing John Cross and his son s debt would never be settled, but John Cross had to keep finding homes and banks to rob so his family was safe.You will get pulled into the time period and the storyline as you wonder how someone could be as evil and cunning as Kent and as your fear for John Cross and his family mounts Mr Belfoure has authored another intriguing, well written, captivating book Mr Belfoure pulls you in with his marvelous research and storyline about the life styles of the wealthy as well as the poor during this era If you enjoy being treated to history, an alluring storyline, and an oh my goodness ending, HOUSE OF THIEVES will take you there.One chapter after another keeps you mesmerized as unbelievable, possible events happen 5 5This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review In the beginning, this seemed like it would be a good read, but that did not last I found the plot repetitive and not believable, and no characters were likable, except for the unfortunate detective I only finished reading because of an obligation to my book club My hope that the entire Cross family would be arrested was dashed by a less than satisfactory ending The descriptions of New York in the 1880s were excellent.Not even close to The Paris Architect which I found to be a well conceiv In the beginning, this seemed like it would be a good read, but that did not last I found the plot repetitive and not believable, and no characters were likable, except for the unfortunate detective I only finished reading because of an obligation to my book club My hope that the entire Cross family would be arrested was dashed by a less than satisfactory ending The descriptions of New York in the 1880s were excellent.Not even close to The Paris Architect which I found to be a well conceived and thrilling plot very well told I took that book because I was interested in reading a novel written by an architect I was wondering if his writing style would be influenced by his job And I also wanted to plunge again into New York of the 19th century gangs, Irish people, newcomers, social class struggle, aristocrats, etc I was fully satisfied Belfoure s book is like a mansion where the small chapters would be rooms leading to the ballroom which would be the end, the conclusion These small chapters are quite disturbing I took that book because I was interested in reading a novel written by an architect I was wondering if his writing style would be influenced by his job And I also wanted to plunge again into New York of the 19th century gangs, Irish people, newcomers, social class struggle, aristocrats, etc I was fully satisfied Belfoure s book is like a mansion where the small chapters would be rooms leading to the ballroom which would be the end, the conclusion These small chapters are quite disturbing at the beginning I m too used to read books with very long chapters But they increase the suspense as we are going from one character to another one very rapidly so it was actually a great idea.I also liked to see how Belfoure was closing the trap, leading his characters and the reader to a dead end, making them dive into the world of crime I really liked The Paris Architect so I was eager to read this new novel by Charles Belfoure I wanted so badly to like it but, for me, it was only an ok story It started off in 1886 New York and the reader is bombarded with every conceivable name of note from both sides of society There were lots of snippets of information that felt like research regurgitated without a context in this story.Then as I read on the story felt like it was written at a very young level I ve read in a couple of pl I really liked The Paris Architect so I was eager to read this new novel by Charles Belfoure I wanted so badly to like it but, for me, it was only an ok story It started off in 1886 New York and the reader is bombarded with every conceivable name of note from both sides of society There were lots of snippets of information that felt like research regurgitated without a context in this story.Then as I read on the story felt like it was written at a very young level I ve read in a couple of places that this actually might be written for younger readers as well but if that is the case then perhaps the subject matter is not totally appropriate opium dens, prostitutes, rat baiting, etc.There were some really fun aspects to the story and the title tie in made for a fun twist.Sadly, this one wasn t a favorite 5 Stars Can you give 6 I absolutely loved this book First of all, you ve got a society family with a son with a gambling problem who s gonna die until he tells Kent that his dad is an architect Then Kent decides the dad can pay the son s debts by getting him into banks and houses Then the daughter is mesmerized when she sees a good looking pickpocket at work and starts hanging out with him Then you ve got a younger son who makes friends with an urchin on the street and learns the ways of st 5 Stars Can you give 6 I absolutely loved this book First of all, you ve got a society family with a son with a gambling problem who s gonna die until he tells Kent that his dad is an architect Then Kent decides the dad can pay the son s debts by getting him into banks and houses Then the daughter is mesmerized when she sees a good looking pickpocket at work and starts hanging out with him Then you ve got a younger son who makes friends with an urchin on the street and learns the ways of stealing and getting by as a street person Then the mother finds out what the father is doing and gets involved by telling the father who has the best stuff and where they keep it And then you have a House of Thieves Of course, that s just a slight overview of what the whole book is about It s about so much.I picked this book up this morning and I just could not put it down It was just so good I loved the family that family that steals together loves together, HA There were some laugh out moments and definitely some sad moments and evendefinitely some moments when you just wanted to slap the crap out of the oldest kid, the little weasel I loved this author s first book and was excited to get this one However, this one had a much different tone It wasn t as serious I actually liked it a whole lot better and I loved the first one If this dude can keep pumping them out and they keep getting better, where s he been all this time I ve been waiting for you HA Kudo s on a great job on your second book Thanks to Sourcebooks and Net Galley for providing me a free e galley in exchange for an honest review I highly recommend this entertaining and enjoyable read Let me begin by saying here s a book that benefits from those Buzzfeed lists which compare everything in life to every other thing, then tabulate the data and roll it up neatly with a meme and a couple of stock photos This isn t to say House of Thieves is particularly derivative, but it certainly doesn t carry the zest of a fresh idea and a richly textured historical world I ve seen this book in a dozen Shelf Awareness emails and blog lists and book review compendiums, always with an upbeat Let me begin by saying here s a book that benefits from those Buzzfeed lists which compare everything in life to every other thing, then tabulate the data and roll it up neatly with a meme and a couple of stock photos This isn t to say House of Thieves is particularly derivative, but it certainly doesn t carry the zest of a fresh idea and a richly textured historical world I ve seen this book in a dozen Shelf Awareness emails and blog lists and book review compendiums, always with an upbeat blurb or summary that insists on its profound excellence as a romp through 1886 New York I was lucky enough to win a free copy from one of those Shelf Awareness emails, so I m not complaining too loudly Just quietly, insistently, and with a deep bitterness that this, this is what we ve come to describe as groundbreaking Dear world, if Buzzfeed has entered the conversation, groundbreaking is off of the table House of Thieves is not a terrible book It s not even a bad book It is, quite simply, a mediocre book populated by all of your favorite cardboard cutout character sketches, your oft pondered narrative stereotypes, and a scheming duo of antiheroes who combine all of your favorite dynamics from Mr Mrs Smith with the tea parlour refinement of Downton Abbey Yes Those are the two atmospheric touchstones I d use to describe Belfoure s novel Those are not an inherently toxic mix, but in his clumsy hands, they become blunt instruments searching for a mind to bruise.Here s why you should read House of Thieves You will learn how to itemize the luxuries, great and small, worn or stashed or locked away in wall safes, of the absurdly rich upper crust society lady You will internalize catalogues of once famous and now musty family names, business liaisons, and building architects You will discover a newfound detestation for certain architectural styles most often associated with antihero John Cross s rivals, of course , and a cultivated sense of superiority to everything that is middle class, upper class, bourgeoisie, gaudy, common, or okay, so basically, to everything, period.I m allergic to snobby and narcissistic antiheroes You might not be If you can stand spending a couple of evenings invested in something you ve already read twenty times before, or seen on the silver screen a hundred, then House of Thieves might strike a homey, comforting note If not, then, well, you ll find yourself thinking exactly what I am thinking now, having wasted several evenings I might have spent as a happy drunk in front of the televisionAlso, I have a free copy I d love to give you.forof my reviews, visit Fatal Shore Reviews This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Has a good premise but the author doesn t follow through on the good start He repeats details and the writing is pedestrian It is too unbelievable that the entire family would independently get involved in the underworld. Set in the 1880s, House of Thieves introduced us to the successful architect, John Cross and his family of misfits Well, at first I thought they were harmless, until we get to meet his son, George who s got tangled up in a web of thugs, debts, and organized crime In order to settle his huge debt, George revealed his father s profession and their connections The gangsters made a deal with his father Soon, a family living in simplicity became engrossed in pickpockets, sleight of hand and robbe Set in the 1880s, House of Thieves introduced us to the successful architect, John Cross and his family of misfits Well, at first I thought they were harmless, until we get to meet his son, George who s got tangled up in a web of thugs, debts, and organized crime In order to settle his huge debt, George revealed his father s profession and their connections The gangsters made a deal with his father Soon, a family living in simplicity became engrossed in pickpockets, sleight of hand and robberies until they became a bunch of thieves.At first this book reminds me of Ocean Eleven movie and the Heist Society novel by Ally Carter But as the story progressed, my thoughts changed and I soon found myself wondering how this family could pull off a big time heist.I liked how this book was written It was descriptive, thus making it easy for me to imagine and see what the characters were doing The book also makes you think and guess and fail It makes me say, Oh golly, I didn t know that Oh Yes Oh No This is great Clarles Belfoure set up the pace to high profile action crime stories and I applaud him for keeping me interested with Cross s family until the last page of the book Thumbs up


About the Author: Charles Belfoure

Charles Belfoure is the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect and House of Thieves An architect by profession, he graduated from the Pratt Institute and Columbia University, and he taught at Pratt as well as Goucher College in Balti, Maryland His area of specialty is historic preservation, and he has published several architectural histories, one of which won a Graham Foundation national grant for architectural research He has been a freelance writer for The Balti Sun and The New York Times He lives in Maryland.


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