You'll have great fun spending time with this upper class family in gilded age New York City as they gradually abandon the strict morality and manners of their class!
Picture New York City - High Society in 1886. Then throw in a bit of Oceans Eleven. It makes for a great story line. On one hand it offers a really interesting historical setting where the ultra rich live by very strict social codes and on the other hand it offers a look at the gangs of organized crime that ran the underbelly of the city. When these two cultures meet the result is compelling. At times it was hard to take this book seriously but I still had a great time reading it.
With his eldest son deeply in debt to a notorious gang leader, architect John Cross attempts to save his family from financial and social ruin by joining the crime syndicate known as "Kent's Gents" and using his insider knowledge of Manhattan's buildings to plan and execute daring robberies. Initially motivated by necessity, Cross soon discovers he's got a talent for theft. Depicting both the high society and the criminal underworld of 1886 New York City, this fast-paced, suspenseful story should appeal to fans of historical caper novels such as Carson Morton's Stealing Mona Lisa.
A lovely read interspersing secret lives, the love of architecture and the darkness - and light - of living.
A bit of a slow start but soon the tales takes off and we are down multiple paths trying to keep up the protagonists in post-Civil War America.
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. Pick this book up.
The crime violence in this story of thievery in late 19th century New York City almost made me afraid to turn the page ... but the suspense and vivid description was too compelling to put the book down. I can hardly wait for the movie ...
Both books this author has written were great reads. Didn;'t want them to end. Highly recommend.
I think of this as a cross between a pale evocation of The Age of Innocence (same setting) and a caper film. You can sort of see where it's going. Entertaining in parts. Someone else already said that the characters are flat and I'd agree. The violence is sometimes jarring because it seems to me not to fit. Would hardly be surprised to see it made into a movie. All in all entertaining for a few hours but not much more than that.
Gilded Age of America, late 19th Century, New York, Knickerbocker families, upper class social values, lower class habits, crime.
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! Horrors!
1886, New York City. In order to save his son’s life by paying off his huge gambling debts, respectable architect John Cross is forced to share details of New York City’s wealthiest homes and assist in robbing them. Related to the Astors, his family is on the fringes of high society with its strict social rules. As he gets deeper and deeper into the life of crime, his family is threatened. But breaking the rules can be thrilling! From the author of The Paris Architect, those who enjoy historical fiction or crime novels will like this one. Recommended by D.T., Brunswick Library, MCDL
A compelling story that kept my attention right to the end, but the characters were rather flat.
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