Gone to Dust: A Detective Nils Shapiro Novel (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Nils Shapiro series.

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Thirteen year old Jenna enlists the help of ex-detective, now PI Virgil Stanhope and down-on-her-luck, has been Emmy winning psychic Serenity Jones to help her find her mother, Alice. A scientist who studied in Botswana and found her life's mission in New England Elephant Sanctuary, Alice abruptly disappeared when Jenna was only three. Picoult uses the elephants mothering and behavioral instincts, their memories of grief, both in wild and captivity to draw parallels to human families. And there id s surprise ending I did not see coming!

— Marla

Description


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

About the Author


Matt Goldman is a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer for Seinfeld, Ellen, and other shows. He brings his signature storytelling abilities and light touch to his Nils Shapiro series, which begins with Gone to Dust. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and whichever children happen to be around.

Praise For…


“A perfect blend of light touch and dark story.” —Lee Child

“Goldman brings the heat with a moody and wry Midwest elegy. A modern, clever voice in these most cynical of times.” —Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Matt Goldman:
“Goldman has an unerring ear for snappy dialogue and a poet’s eye for the beauty of nature. This is a compelling story of how the past is never truly the past, and how we make sense of the gifts that are offered us in every present moment. I loved this book.”—William Kent Krueger

“A writer to watch.” —Harlan Coben

“Goldman seasons the complicated puzzle with healthy doses of dry wit and meaningful secondary stories for his characters. ” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Shallows

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250907677
ISBN-10: 1250907675
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Nils Shapiro