Drawn from life, Arvin's new novel, The Reconstructionist, is set in the surprisingly fertile narrative world of automobile-accident reconstruction. The smash-ups and ensuing investigations are a juicy engine for a character-driven story that engages both heart and head.
"Working as a forensic engineer was incredibly interesting, but also very discomforting in the way that it applies cold, analytical techniques to examining events that are full of coincidence and human drama," says Arvin. "Writing The Reconstructionist became, among other things, my effort to explore this conflict inherent in the work."
Arvin appears tonight at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, at 7:30 pm. Call 303-436-1070 or go to www.tatteredcover.com for information.
Thu., March 22, 7:30 p.m., 2012