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on 4 September 2016
This book was got for me for my birthday along with a some padlocks and a beginning lockpicking toolkit. I am not an expert at lock picking so please only take this as an amateur's review.

The book is brilliantly in-depth and started off not with silly anecdotes about how lock picking is so cool and glamourous in the movies or how it has been an ancient technique for thousands of years. It went straight into why people lock pick, the ethics of it as a hobby and then the basic construction, mechanics and uses of locks. This is a textbook for lockpicking with the proper structure and flow you would expect from an educational text rather than a little half fictional novel knocked up by an enthusiast. You never have any doubts that the writer is a trained professional, very comfortable with their subject and every piece of advice you are getting is right on the money.

The book taught me how to get through padlocks within the space of a day and even teach my wife how to do the same after half an hour once I was happily clicking through them. I will say that practice locks are very different to normal locks and we made the mistake of going out to purchase extras and actually got a very cheap lock. This was a mistake as the book explained only slightly later because cheap locks are very hard to pick but vulnerable to a plethora of other techniques so not good for any purpose I had in mind anyway.

The book has four stars however because while it does explain how to get through deadbolts, wafer locks and car locks it did it in much less detail and I would have preferred an even spread on all subjects. I feel far less equipped with techniques to cover unusual wafer and deadbolt locks than pinned mortice locks which are now bread and butter to me. It is only a small niggle and likely only brought to mind by how detailed the rest of the book is. This is definitely worth a buy and even for its minor flaws you won't find a superior product on the market.
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on 11 October 2012
seems to be full of information which being new to lock picking is way ahead from other books on the subject diagram and pictures very good.

But like other review what has happened to the DVD ? I have contacted Amazon to find out what has happened to DVD.

Update there is no DVD with book. There is a web site on the back of the book with information, Having now done the exercises in the book it just getting better increased to 5 stars
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on 19 February 2017
This just has to be THE go-to book for all things lock-picking - so absorbing and easy to read and understand, with excellent descriptions and pictures, it is difficult to put down - there are other cheaper books available but they mostly prove the old adage 'you get what you pay for' -if you only buy one book to learn about locks and lock picking, make it this one and you won't be disappointed - worth every penny - oh and also, in case it isn't clear, I think it is rather good
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on 13 March 2017
Really enjoyable and instructive to read.
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on 22 January 2017
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on 13 March 2017
Very good read
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on 10 May 2015
In the small lockpicking word, you'll ever only need 2 books : the ones from Deviant Ollam. They are very clear to understand, you can feel the writer's passion, and you'll be much more aware at the lack of basic security of the very majority of all doors (including yours, rigght now). Top buy.
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on 27 May 2016
I am still reading through it very carefully - mostly happy with the book as its very detailed in the intricacies with lock picking and especially the practical aspects. I am still a newbie and struggling. Lots of youtube videos give you the big picture and main key points in lock picking -- but this book really takes it deep and hopefully I will be able to get to be proficient at some point. Highly highly recommend this book.
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on 12 December 2012
This is a very well illustrated and written book, I couldn't find fault with it...as far as it goes. It contains massive detail on tumbler/pin and wafer locks. However please note that this book seems to have been written for the U.S. market and has NO information on mortice locks/lever locks. To quote: "A handful of other designs (of lock) are prevalent in certain international regions. Lever locks, for example, are an older design originating in the 17th century with keys that tend to be larger and their operation more cumbersome than more recent designs. These are a common sight in Europe, central Asia and parts of South America." That's it for lever locks.

To summarise, a superb book for pin and wafer locks, but no use for lever locks.
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on 17 June 2015
Excellent book, very well detailed. As other reviewers have noted, only pin and wafer locks covered; no info on lever locks that are common in the UK, even if they are 17th century devices :-)
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