Gone to Dust

Gone to Dust

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the New York Times bestselling debut private eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman.

"Sharp wit, complex characters, and masterful plotting makes Goldman a writer to watch. Irreverent and insightful, private detective Nils Shapiro is sure to become a fan favorite."--Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence?

Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

Suburban divorcee Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer.

Digging into Maggie's cell phone records, Nils finds that the most frequently called number belongs to a mysterious young woman whose true identity could shatter the Somerville family--but could she be guilty of murder?

After the FBI demands that Nils drop the case, Nils and Ellegaard are forced to take their investigation underground, where the case grows as murky as the contents of the vacuum cleaner bags. Is this a strange case of domestic violence or something with far reaching, sinister implications?

"A perfect blend of light touch and dark story--I want more of Nils Shapiro." --Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765391285
Branch Call Number: GOL
Characteristics: 300 pages ;,22 cm.


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DBRL_ANNEG May 07, 2018

I went into this expecting a darker, noir-ish detective novel. Instead I found it to be an often funny, strangely "cozy" mystery. I say strangely cozy because PI Nils "Shap" Shapiro is no Miss Marple or Hercules Poirot, but the mystery he solves unfolds in a very traditional manner, which would have made Agatha Christie proud. Nils is like many detectives in that his personal life is not great, and while he struggles with his personal issues, it was kind of refreshing to not have him end up in the super-dark place that so many fictional detectives seem to inhabit. He also has a great relationship with his friend, a detective with the Edina police force. I enjoyed the witty banter between the two friends that thankfully filled up much of the book. The mystery aspect of the story was also well laid out with lots of red herrings that kept me guessing. Readers who like mysteries that include a dash of humor will want to give this book a try.

Mar 13, 2018

Good read. Just when I thought I had it figured out, of course, there was a nice little twist. When I had the time, I couldn't put it down. Sure page-turner.

Feb 12, 2018

Very good book. Part human interest, part detective story. Well developed main character with considerable laugh out loud humor.

Oct 11, 2017

Excellent book. Good characters, clever dialog, and an absorbing plot.

JCLGreggW Jun 12, 2017

As a Midwesterner, I loved the authentic Minnesota setting. As a fan of mysteries and procedurals, I loved the twists and turns of the case. As a fan of well-written characters, I loved my introduction to Nils Shapiro, a smart, wry, believable private detective who cannot let go of his demons.


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Oct 05, 2018

I was dated a woman who I now call "the mistake." She labeled everything with a label maker. It only took once for me to learn never to date a labeler again. Do not ask for whom the label maker tolls, it tolls for thee.

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