The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure
PBR Review: The unique premise, the ingenious hiding places a talented architect can make for Jews to take refuge, and the convincing transformation of Lucien are three things that will linger long after you turn the last page. As the book opens, Lucien has no moral compass. Instead, he is driven by ego and financial gain.

He craves recognition as an architect and needs money. So, he accepts a job designing German factories for the enemy, and when offered a large sum of money from a wealthy businessman, he agrees to create hiding places for Jews. Initially, he is happy as long as the money flows. As things progress however, Lucien begins to take pride in being able to outwit the Germans with his clever hiding places. Something in him beings to shift and he can no longer deny the realities of what he is doing and more importantly the reason he is taking huge risks with his life.

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