MYSTERY

Gone to Dust

Forge. Aug. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780765391285. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765391292. M
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OrangeReviewStarMinneapolis PI Nils Shapiro, unsuccessfully trying to forget his ex-wife while coping with a brutal winter, is asked by former police colleagues to investigate a vicious crime that lacks traceable evidence. The body of the murder victim, Maggie Somerville, was covered with dust from emptied vacuum cleaner bags to eliminate potential DNA evidence. Shapiro digs into Maggie's life and finds a shadowy connection to a mysterious young woman; his probe also comes into conflict with an FBI investigation, but despite being warned off the case, Shapiro tracks down a calculating murderer to expose a cover-up with disturbing repercussions.
VERDICT Emmy Award-winning writer Goldman (for Seinfeld and Ellen), who began his career as a stand-up comedian, not surprisingly blends his storytelling with irreverent humor. His tough yet vulnerable PI, evocative Minneapolis setting, and clever plot, which features a distinctive crime scene and multiple red herrings, will engage and intrigue. [See Jessica Moyer's "Novel Crime Scenes," LJ 4/15/17.]

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