A Burglar’s Guide to Denver


If you’re near Denver, I’m excited to be doing an event there next week with novelist Nick Arvin. Arvin, you might recall, was previously interviewed here on BLDGBLOG about his novel The Reconstructionist, including Arvin’s previous, real-life job simulating car crashes for the insurance industry.

We’ll be discussing A Burglar’s Guide to the City at the David Adjaye-designed MCA Denver on Wednesday night, July 20, 6pm, in something called the Whole Room.

You can check-in on Facebook—although no RSVP is required—and the only fee is general admission to the museum ($2.50). Hope to see you there!

2 thoughts on “A Burglar’s Guide to Denver”

  1. As I just read your book, I thought it was great and very entertaining. Thanks for writing an interesting piece. However i must disagree with one part of it. When you said locksmiths don’t even bother picking locks and just drill them. I know this information came from someone else, but this simply isn’t true with a real locksmith . for the last three years i did emergency locksmith work and made hundreds a day with nothing more than picks, bump keys, a cylindrical pick, and car door tools ( air bags, reach tool , loop tool, and jimmies). the whole goal was to open the property or what ever in a fashion without damaging anything. i have done everything from cartel drug busts by the police to houses with kids locked in them for the fire dept. All i have to say is why would you charge someone 100 dollars if they are locked out of their house to drill one to four locks then remove them then rekey up to four others and replace them for a total time of half an hour if they are fast. with picks and a bump key i could open all of them in five minutes not damage a thing and get paid and leave, i mean in thirty minutes i could impression a fully functioning key for the door. so who ever fed you this line is just another hack in the business , if they truly are not then just ask them to do one thing for you, impression a fully functional key for your car from a blank with nothing but a hand file and a pair of vice grips ( as long as its not a high security key) it should take about fifteen minutes .

    1. Hey Daniel – Thanks for reading the book, and for the comment, as well. It’s interesting to hear about your own experience with locksmithing; thanks again for taking the time to point it out.

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