Charles Belfoure

New York Times Bestselling Author, Architect, Historian


Heart, reluctant heroism, and art blend together in this spine-chilling page turner.
— Publishers Weekly

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist. 

But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right. 

Written by an architect whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every life saved.


Additional Praise for The Paris Architect

"Belfoure writes like an up-and-coming Ken Follett."

— Booklist

“ Disturbing and captivating . . . [this] beautiful tale demonstrates that while human beings are capable of great atrocities, they have a capacity for tremendous acts of courage as well.” 

— Library Journal

“I dreamed about this novel.”  

— Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us 

Awards & Recognition

Finalist for the 2015 International Dublin Literary Award

American Booksellers Association Indie Pick – October 2013 

New York Post Must Read Book – October 2013

A USA Today New Voices selection – October 2013

Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite book of 2013


Copyright © Charles Belfoure 2015