Broken Ice

By Matt Goldman
Read by MacLeod Andrews

The Nils Shapiro Series: Book 2

8.37 Hours 06/12/2018 unabridged
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Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small, northern hockey town of Warroad, Minnesota. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night’s game. Linnea’s friend Haley Housch is also missing―and soon found dead. Shot through the arm with an arrow at the Haley Housh crime scene, Nils should be in the hospital recovering from his near fatal injury, but he knows that the clock is ticking. Linnea could be anywhere, and someone doesn’t want her found. Is Linnea a victim, or is she playing a dangerous game? As bodies start piling up, the clues lead Nils north to Warroad, a small, quiet town with many secrets to hide.

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Summary

Summary

An Audible Pick of Most Anticipated Listens of Spring

Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small, northern hockey town of Warroad, Minnesota. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night’s game. Linnea’s friend Haley Housch is also missing―and soon found dead.

Shot through the arm with an arrow at the Haley Housh crime scene, Nils should be in the hospital recovering from his near fatal injury, but he knows that the clock is ticking. Linnea could be anywhere, and someone doesn’t want her found. Is Linnea a victim, or is she playing a dangerous game? As bodies start piling up, the clues lead Nils north to Warroad, a small, quiet town with many secrets to hide.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Andrews’ smooth, clear enunciation shifts during dialogue to create distinctive Minnesotans. His delivery heightens the strong sense of place inherent in Goldman’s writing…Andrews imparts Shapiro’s obsessive, fundamental drive to discover the truth instead of accepting the obvious or politically expedient solution and, at the same time, empathetically articulates Shapiro’s ability to erode relationships, even as he is creating them.” Booklist (audio review)
“Goldman, 55, made an easy transition to writing crime fiction after working on almost 500 episodes of television, including the first two seasons of Seinfeld…The work taught Goldman to keep his stories punchy, with short chapters to push the plot forward…In Broken Ice…plot twists involve Warroad’s hard-bitten hockey coach as a suspect, the smuggling of a powerful street drug, and a climax at the expansive woodland home of legendary Minnesota musician Graham Itasca.” Associated Press
“Witty, well-plotted…Nils is a deeply flawed but goodhearted everyman. He’s supported by a cast of wonderfully quirky characters…Readers will look forward to seeing a lot more of Nils and crew.” Publishers Weekly
“Nils continues to be brilliant and flawed, Ellie his eminently practical foil, and Minneapolis itself a major character…Goldman introduces vivid supporting characters, such as medical examiner Char Northagen, with a finesse built on the author’s background in stand-up comedy and television writing, promising a long and enjoyable series. Recommended for fans of clever mysteries and witty detectives.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by Brian (Brian's Book Blog) 6/22/2018
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A Unique Setting for a Crime Thriller

4.5 out of 5 stars

The first thing I will mention about Broken Ice is that I really enjoyed the setting of it. Minnesota isn't the norm when it comes to most books and the setting along with some of the stereotypical people, accents, and sports love made this a really nice change of pace for me.

I live near very close to Canada and that plays into my love of this book for two reasons. One is that Goldman wrote a lot about hockey and in an informed way. He didn't just talk about hockey like it "just there". He talked about it and included it like its own character. And it really was. It was interwoven really well into his story and made for an enjoyable change. The second way I realized that I can't really write about without giving away a major plot point. Once you read it and know that I live pretty close to the border - you'll understand.

Nils is an interesting guy who I'm a little bummed I didn't get to know better since I did not know about or read the first book until starting this one. I will probably go back and check out Gone To Dust now that I know I enjoy Nils as a character. He and his assistants were a blast to follow and made this book fly by.

I love crime fiction and the crime(s) in this novel were kind of all over the place while Andrews and the real murderer were trying to throw Nils off the case. The murder weapon was also unique and something I've never read about before. I really enjoyed the way that Nils dealt with his issues personally while trying to solve this case for numerous people - even against his partners better judgment.

Combine this with the amazing narration by MacLeod Andrews and you have a true winner. I thought that Broken Ice was a really enjoyable crime thriller that I would recommend to someone in need of a nice change of pace. I requested a copy of this audiobook for review - it has not affected my review or opinions in any way.

Author

Author Bio: Matt Goldman

Matt Goldman is an Emmy Award–winning television writer, also nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award for his work on Seinfeld. His first novel, Gone to Dust, was selected for the Texas Lariat Reading List and was chosen as the Twin Cities Reader’s best novel of 2017.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English