Charles Belfoure

New York Times Bestselling Author, Architect, Historian

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Belfoure’s sly, roguish writing opens a window to those living both gilded and tarnished lives... a most memorable, evocative read.
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

To pay off his son’s gambling debts, a society architect in 1886 New York is forced to join a criminal gang and plan robberies of the buildings he’s designed.


In 1886 New 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 Gent's, 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 over.

With 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.


Additional Praise for House of Thieves

"Belfoure’s sly, roguish writing opens a window to those living both gilded and tarnished lives. The architectural knowledge imparted will appeal even to those who are unable to differentiate between Queen Anne and Ikea. Best of all, Belfoure holds together each and every thread of the novel, resulting in a most memorable, evocative read."

— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 

"The world of old New York comes alive in this beguiling tale of mystery and intrigue. Danger and drama abide with vivid and dramatic description... Charles Belfoure definitely has the touch."

— Steve Berry,  New York Times bestselling author of The Patriot Threat and The Lincoln Myth

"Charles Belfoure sees New York's Gilded Age with an architect's eye and evokes the atmosphere wonderfully. Familiar figures like the legendary Mrs. Astor and Stanford White help set the scene, but in no time at all a sinister intrigue begins, and Belfoure leads us on a splendid page-turner as a respectable family discovers its criminal side in old New York."

— Edward Rutherford, New York Times bestselling author of Paris: The Novel and New York: The Novel

Awards & Recognition

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

An Indie Next pick for September by the American Booksellers Association

Copyright © Charles Belfoure 2015