The Fallen Architect (Hardcover)

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Set in England at the turn of the last century, Mr. Belfoure’s latest novel featuring an architect is focused on the birth of musical variety theater.  Once considered little better than criminals, charlatans, or worse; actors, singers, dancers, and the like are just starting to gain respect as artists.  The “dance hall” is becoming “the theater.”  Automobiles are starting to appear in the streets of London and one of the featured acts in the new opulent and extravagant play houses are short snippets of moving pictures.
In 1900, Douglas Layton was one of the busiest architects in England—respected by his colleagues, married to the daughter of a peer, the father of a young son.  Life was good for the younger son of a brick mason.  Now, he is one of the most hated men in the country, christened “The Butcher of the West End” by the press, responsible for the death of fourteen people and the maiming of more than a dozen others.
Five years later as he leaves prison, Layton is almost convinced that he was guilty of the disaster at the Britannia Theatre; that the collapse of the balcony that resulted in all this sorrow was because his design was flawed and he was criminally negligent.
His only option for the future is to reinvent himself with a new name and career.  In a strange twist of fate, he becomes a scene painter for musical variety theater.  Here he meets a whole cast of characters both quirky and charismatic.  It is in one of the regional theaters of England that he discovers something that makes him think that the Britannia disaster was not an accident or negligence, it was flat out murder.  With new and old friends, he delves deeper into the world of the theater and begins to hope that he can clear his name and return to his old life.

— From Karen B.


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect

Charles Belfoure's next novel is a puzzling historical thriller about a man who must dig through the rubble of his past to construct a future worth living, grounded by Belfoure's experiences as a professional architect.

Someone has to take the blame when the Britannia Theatre's balcony collapses. Over a dozen people are killed, and the fingers all point at the architect. The man should have known better, should have made it safer, should have done something.

Douglas Layton knows the flaw wasn't in his design, but he can't fight a guilty verdict. When the architect is finally released from prison, he has no job, no family, nowhere to go. He needs to assume a new identity and rebuild his life.

But the disgraced man soon finds himself digging up the past in a way he never anticipated. If the collapse wasn't an accident ... who caused it? And why? And what if they find out who he used to be?

A chilling novel of architecture, intrigue, and identity, this historical thriller uncovers one man's quest to clear his name and correct the mistake that ruined his life.

"A twisted mystery...Belfoure gets better and better"--Karen Bakshoian, Letterpress Books (Portland, ME)

Also by Charles Belfoure:
The Paris Architect
House of Thieves

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492662716
ISBN-10: 1492662712
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: October 9th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English
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