• The Shallows

  • The Nils Shapiro Series, Book 3
  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (3,585 ratings)

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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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Disappointing, gas-lighting theme

Books like this are huge contributors to how the USA got so divided in 2020. Writing about an extremely microscopic group as if they represent a common occurrence starts to make easily manipulated people believe that its the truth. And referencing the Charlottesville, VA rally is particularly disappointing gaslighting since it is already the most misrepresented tragedy in modern times. For example, CNN to this day continues to withhold the entire remarks by the President where he specifically qualified his “good people on both sides” remark by saying “and I’m not talking about the neo-nazis and the white nationalists because they should be condemned totally”. So those extremists were not one of the both sides he was referring to. The media just withheld that part of his remarks and purposely perpetuated a lie about our President’s beliefs. So its just very disappointing to see yet another subtle brainwashing occur in what I had hoped to find as an escape from all of the current nonsense. In addition to promoting this idea that there are all of these white supremacists out there, it also subtlety asserts a ridiculous connection between conservative thought and racism. Surely to goodness another theme could have been used by the author.

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Disappointed, not as good as previous

This is the 3rd i've listened to in the Nils shapiro series, and i guess i wont continue. He just seemed way too sarcastic and snarky at this point. Yes, he always was, but this time, it just felt forced and clumsy. Didnt enjoy (or maybe just not original enough?) Not terrible, just not worth another credit after this.

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Good stories only, please

The writing is good. The narration is great. Unfortunately the writer’s political leanings take over at a point that detracts from an otherwise entertaining listen for me. If I want to read about political impacts, I’ll shop in the non-fiction section. I really like this protagonist, but even without my personal frustrations with the condescending tone, it wasn’t as good as the first two books in the series. I’ll listen to the 4th book when it comes out in August. I truly like the primary character so I’ll stick around for book 4.

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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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Tedious & Characters Deep as a Puddle

I recently discovered The Nils Shapiro Series and LOVED the first two mysteries. Read the first two back to back and within three days. Have even listened to them more than once and HIGHLY recommend them. Had to wait for my new credits to get this one.

Yeah.

I genuinely liked Nils and his sarcasm. In this one though? His sarcasm changed and he came across as shallow, judgmental, caustic, and needlessly mean-spirited. In the other books, Nils would make snarky observations about people, but in a funny way, not a high school mean-girls way.

As a fan of authors like Ken Follett, Frank Herbert, Stephen King and Robert Galbraith, I gravitate to complex books with nonlinear timelines and a massive cast of characters, books that can run over 40 hours in length. I add in this detail only to make a point that I'm accustomed to keeping up with a lot of threads, names, storylines and details.

When done well, makes for excellent reading. Not so much in this case. There were so many 'characters' I needed a chart, especially since most of them were undeveloped caricatures. *Semi Spoiler Alert* One of the 'main' characters died at the end and I had to stop the book to puzzle out exactly who he was. There were a lot of needless threads and storylines that seemed to dead end, fizzle, or add nothing other than annoying distraction.

I kept listening to the end only because I wanted the answer to the mystery and it took everything to finish. Lots of needless filler in the way.

Also, maybe just me. I read fiction to escape the nonstop political pontification from all sides. I am surrounded by it everywhere and I like time to enjoy a story where we can all agree. Someone has been murdered, so find the killer(s). Simple.

I knew from the story description there was a political element and that was fine until political commentary started detracting from the overall quality of the story. Though the author seemed to try and go to great efforts to ameliorate any prejudice---both sides of the political spectrum problematic (and I agree)---talk is cheap. Nils SAID one thing but then Goldman served up an assembly line of mustache-twirling characters/villains.

I STRONGLY recommend the author's other books, and really enjoy the narrator. Hoping for better things with his other works.

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Of Course, Conservative = White Supremacist

Of course, took until the 3rd book, but just couldn't help to ensure we were lectured to about how conservatives are, by natural extension, racists. fascists and Nazi sympathizers. Good job Matt, very original.

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Always entertaining and fun. Great narration

I have listened to three of Matt Goldman‘s novels starting with Gone to Dust, in the last couple months. Nils Shapiro is a great detective and Macleod Andrews provides terrific narration. These whodunnits are welcome candy for me in between the heavy and often dry biographies that occupy the majority of my listening experience. Looking forward to Matt’s most recent book but am already a little disappointed to know that Macleod won’t be back bringing the characters to life. As most avid audible listeners will attest, the narrator is key to the experience.

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Tiresome anti-conservative politics

Look, I get it. Most fiction writers are liberal. But is it REALLY worth alienating a good chunk of your audience with paint-by-numbers Conservatives Are Evil Fascists storylines? I love Nils, but am saying goodbye to this author.

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Disappointing after two good ones.

The first two books were excellent; whereas, this book just disappointed on several levels. The obvious one, to echo many others was the over the top political stance. The really radical villainizing of conservatives - to the point of ignorance - just made the story seem so weak and like more of a political statement than any kind of mystery or even political drama. Secondly, the tone of the main character just seemed much for snarky, judgy and unlikeable in this book. Up to now, I found the books and even the character very enjoyable, minus of few moments I could have done without. Really sad to see the author jump into the division game with this book. Glad it was a free title and I didn’t have to waste money on it!

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