In this third book in the Nils Shapiro crime series, the Minnesota investigator looks into the brutal murder of a local lawyer and is unexpectedly overwhelmed by an influx of complicated cases, additional murders, and an unknown adversary.
Bodies pile up in this gritty, ripped-from-the headlines page-turner ... 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.
You may ferret out some of the places that Goldman will take you, but it is doubtful you will guess all of them correctly. That is part of the fun of The Shallows. Goldman uses Shapiro as a vehicle for a fine tour through Minneapolis, from its skywalks and restaurants to its shopping malls and baseball team. His personal life gets a bit of an upgrade as well, though it may not seem like that at first. The results provide a number of plot threads that may play themselves out over the course of the next few volumes of this enjoyable series, which demonstrates that the private-eye subgenre remains strong, viable and readable, just like Shapiro and The Shallows.
In The Shallows, Matt Goldman...manages to cover timely issues in a tone both light and mature, without naming names or being didactic ... He experiences life-changing revelations here, but seemingly nothing can dampen Shap's wit ... Fans of layered mysteries and well-defined characters will convey only delight.