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Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman []



A murder scene obscured with the dust from hundreds of vacuum cleaner bags opens this clever and compelling mystery set in a Minnesota January. Nils Shapiro is a private eye hired by his former police academy classmate, now a detective in the suburban Minneapolis police department ill equipped to solve this particular crime. The victim was a divorcee with no enemies and a boyfriend too self-involved to kill her. Political aspirations, a mystery woman, an FBI investigation, the frozen landscape, and pursuit of red herrings all interfere with the aggregation of clues as Nils befriends an array of characters and suspects, and manages his beautiful ex-wife. The resolution of the murder surprises and satisfies. Matt Goldman’s experience as a stand-up comic, playwright, and TV writer show to advantage in this debut novel’s wit, the story’s pace, and his hero’s charm. There is second Nils Shapiro mystery to look forward to in 2018.

If you like chilly Scandinavian noir and classic gumshoes like Philip Marlowe, this is for you.

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