MYSTERY

The Shallows

Forge. (Nils Shapiro, Bk. 3). Jun. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781250191311. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250191328. M
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OrangeReviewStarIn Minneapolis, everyone wants Nils Shapiro as a private investigator. Nils suspects there's more to it than his little bit of fame. First, Todd Rabinowitz's widow Robin begs him to look into her husband's brutal murder. She found the body in the lake, and she's scared. But she's not the only one asking for his help. Everyone else is hoping Nils will catch the killer, from the local cops to Rabinowitz's law firm to the FBI. The law firm had hoped to avoid attention, though that blows up when there's a bomb threat while a prominent politician is in the building. While a few people want Nils out of the way, the wily cop-turned-PI has too many friends and tricks of his own to be set up. Instead, he manages to finagle his way through the tangled mess, while dealing with his confusingpersonal life. Bodies pile up in this gritty, ripped-from-the headlines page-turner.
VERDICT The wry, witty private investigator is back in this sequel to Broken Ice. Fans of classic hard-boiled crime novels of the 1930s and 1940s will appreciate Nils's intelligence and likable coworkers, who star in a novel that is timely, not old-fashioned, and featuring a riveting story.

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