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I loved the adeptly narrated and carefully crafted plot of a respectable architect and his high society family drawn to a life of crime; development of high and low class characters living in late 1800s New York City interwoven with descriptions of both The urban landscape and detailed architectural features.
I had high hopes for this as it started out capturing my attention and the main plot line was promising. However, it began bashing the reader over the head with the class conflict of the time. I get it after the first ten mentions. Stop wasting my time. And then after all the racism and eugenics displayed by the family, the entire group succumbs to temptations? Granny is smoking opium? Give me a break. It was all extremes throughout which had me rooting against them all and nearly giving up on the book.
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