Looking for a new pastime? I wouldn't say Geoff Manaugh's A Burglar's Guide to the City is a how-to manual for breaking into and thieving buildings, but...that's only because I don't want to be considered an accomplice when the book comes out next month and America experiences a sharp rise in bank, art museum, jewelry store, and weed depot robberies. A Burglar's Guide to the City is, in fact, just that: "an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us."
Manaugh consulted with FBI Special agents, reformed [hmmm, I wonder] bank robbers, private security consultants, the LAPD Air Support Division, and building architects to pen his detailed discussion of architecture and infrastructure as seen through the eyes of someone about to take advantage of their weaknesses. Readers will travel through walls and elevator shafts to get to the goods, into panic rooms and bank vaults to steal them, and across rooftops and breaks in building surveillance systems to make their escapes unscathed.
A Burglar's Guide to the City also includes real-life anecdotes, such as stories of home invasions in ancient Rome, and tales of newsbreaking heists ranging from spectacular to absurd. (I hope Anthony Curcio gets a shoutout).