Book Review: A Burglar’s Guide To The City

I’ve been doing rather a lot of research lately. Yes, I know this doesn’t completely apply to my topic of serial murder/cold case but I’m also fascinated by how people look at things. A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh is exactly that. A complicated look at how most of view a city and how those who don’t view it the same way can use those differences for their own nefarious plans.

This is a pure geek book. Total non fiction in the best way. All the stories he tells are from police, feds, retired burglars themselves. How they did it – generically, why it worked, or why it didn’t.

On the other hand the book is long on theory and Manaugh’s thoughts but short of details of how. And I do like my how. I like to know.

He quotes a lot from one of my favorite books on burglary. A book that was vastly more entertaining than this one. LOL

I’m not sure exactly what the issue is, but the book reads like a philosophy text. Not criminology or even architecture.  I read it, I took notes, I didn’t LOVE it. At no point did I excitedly share bits with those around me like some educational turrets disease, as I usually do.

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