The Paris Archi­tect: A Novel

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October 14, 2013

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 Archi­tectasks 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.

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