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The Shallows

The Nils Shapiro Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
Series: The Nils Shapiro Series, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
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In the words of Lee Child on Gone to Dust, "I want more of Nils Shapiro." New York Times best-selling and Emmy Award-winning author Matt Goldman happily obliges by bringing the Minneapolis private detective back for another thrilling, stand-alone adventure in The Shallows

Business is booming for private investigator Nils Shapiro and his partners. 

Lawyer Todd Rabinowitz is found tied to the dock outside his Minnesota home with a fishing stinger through his jaw. His widow, Robin Rabinowitz, calls Nils to the crime scene and asks him to investigate her husband's savage murder. She's not the only one. Soon, Nils has more job offers than he can handle. Robin's boyfriend. Todd's partner at his law firm. One of Todd's clients, a polarizing Congressional candidate. The local police, in over their heads. The FBI. 

Their motives are complicated at best, and as Nils unravels the convoluted case, the bodies pile up. Someone doesn't want him to discover what happened to Todd, and won't stop until they silence Nils as well.

©2019 Matt Goldman (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Keeps you guessing...

Wow! This third book in the Nils Shapiro series is absolutely fantastic!! This can be listened to as a stand alone but I would suggest listening to the series in order. This is a fast paced story with so many twists and red herrings that by the end of the book you're down to almost no suspects only to find the person behind three murders was never a suspect. This author really put some thought into his plotting out of this book. The character of the protagonist (Nils Shapiro ) has a convoluted personal life and his private investigation firm has more clients than he and his partner can handle. Intricately woven with fleshed out characters that could jump right off the pages.
Macleod Andrews does a stellar job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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💦🎣🐟 Thoroughly Entertaining 🍻🎭⚖️

I love this series, which keeps on getting better and better. What’s not to love**? It’s well-written, fast-paced, lively, full of red herrings, twists and turns, and above all, FUNNY, which no other murder mystery series ever is. And the narrator is an A+ with perfect comic timing. I’d buy Volume Four right now if it were available.

**It’s true that this book includes references to our current politics, but if anything it reinforces traditional values, and does not in any way vilify traditional conservatives. The author (and his protagonist) definitely has respect for decent, honest people on both sides of the aisle.

Grade: A

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Series just keeps getting better

Editors description is enough, no need to rehash the plot. Same cast of likable characters, interesting mystery, walks a fine line of politics without offending either side of political correctness wars. Loved the conclusion.

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Matt Goldman is getting better.

Of the three books in the Nils Shapiro series I like this one the best. The writing is smoother and less awkward. In the first two books it felt like you had to be a Minnesotan to really enjoy the plot: no more. Although Mr. Goldman does describe Minneapolis in detail, I appreciated the detail. His description of the wet heaviness of summer was particularly articulate. The character of Nils is also maturing. He is still quirky, but that is fine. One thing I don't like is his need to immediately call someone when anything happens: Ellegard, Annika, Gabrielle, a few cops, etc. Less phone talking, please. A place at which the plot bogs down is in the politics. I really don't appreciate politics, and the subject is oddly out of place in a detective novel. Following the various plot threads is hard enough. When the political machinations get entangled, the book slows down to a crawl, and the dialogue gets clumsy. Further, after Ian the lawyer tried to drug Nils and then kidnaps him, the book threatens to descend into pure BS, for me, anyway. It is just not believable that Nils would continue to treat Ian as if nothing had happened between them.
I like the romance between Nils and Gabriella. I hope it continues. I also like Micaela's pregnancy and how it proves to Nils that they are through as a couple. This development is handled very well.
McLeod Andrews is the perfect narrator for this series. His range of voices is tremendous, and in each voice he communicates a full range of nuances of emotion. The book would be much weaker without him.
Read these three books, possibly in reverse order. I think you will enjoy them.

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A lot of fun to listen!

I hope the author continues the series, as this is a fun listen with unique characters, a compelling plot with current political sensibilities, and a charismatic lead character... waiting for the next installment.

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Buy It! love this author, the narrator, and Shap!

Entertaining! Shap is a great character. As another reviewer wrote, "we need more of Nils Shapiro " CAnt wait for book 4!

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Nills is the Man !

Fantastic ! 3rd installment... cant wait for more ...keep them coming ! McCloud Andews brings the story to life !

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Sarcasm is spot-on

Yet another excellent Matt Goldman book. Nils is a bit of a savant but not enough to be irritating. Love the cast of characters & the way he plays out the whodunnit. Well worth the credit & the time. Macleod Andrews is also spot-on excellent!

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I love this series

The main character is authentic. He's bright, funny and irritating in equal measures, and has an inflated view of his own ability. In other words, human. I'm already awaiting the next one.

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great book

loved it. kept me engaged the whole time. love nils Shapiro stories and the twists and turns they take.

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