Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman audiobook

Gone to Dust

By Matt Goldman
Read by MacLeod Andrews

Blackstone Publishing

The Nils Shapiro Series: Book 1

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Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the debut private-eye murder mystery from Emmy Award–winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman. A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible. Suburban divorcée Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer. Digging into Maggie’s cell-phone records, Nils finds that the most frequently called number belongs to a mysterious young woman whose true identity could shatter the Somerville family—but could she be guilty of murder? After the FBI demands that Nils drop the case, Nils and Ellegaard are forced to take their investigation underground, where the case grows as murky as the contents of the vacuum cleaner bags. Is this a strange case of domestic violence or something with far-reaching, sinister implications?

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times audio bestseller

An Audible.com bestseller

A Booklist Top 10 selection for Best Crime Fiction Audiobooks

A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for Books for Dudes

Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the debut private-eye murder mystery from Emmy Award–winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman.

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence?

Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

Suburban divorcée Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer.

Digging into Maggie’s cell-phone records, Nils finds that the most frequently called number belongs to a mysterious young woman whose true identity could shatter the Somerville family—but could she be guilty of murder?

After the FBI demands that Nils drop the case, Nils and Ellegaard are forced to take their investigation underground, where the case grows as murky as the contents of the vacuum cleaner bags. Is this a strange case of domestic violence or something with far-reaching, sinister implications?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A perfect blend of light touch and dark story.” Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Sharp wit, complex characters, and masterful plotting…Irreverent and insightful, private detective Nils Shapiro is sure to become a fan favorite.” Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A clever mystery that starts with a unique crime scene, mixes in a package of red herrings, and tops off the plot with Nils Shapiro, a private eye who is as interesting as his name.” Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author
“A return to the classic detective novel I love. Matt Goldman brings the heat with a moody and wry Midwest elegy…While rooted to the iconic investigators, Nils Shapiro is very much his own man. A modern, clever voice in these most cynical of times.” Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author
“Andrews provides a multitude of character voices and moods to create a sensational performance…As protagonist Shapiro, Andrews’ accent is spot-on…among half a dozen equally well-voiced others…Andrews’ vocal performance delivers a rich and moving opportunity for listeners to feel Shap’s feelings, empathize with his frustrations and sympathies, and early follow his detective work.” Booklist (starred audio review)
“Goldman…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.” Library Journal (starred review)
“The resolution of the murder surprises and satisfies. Goldman’s experience as a stand-up comic, playwright, and TV writer show to advantage in this first novel’s wit, the story’s pace, and his hero’s charm.” Booklist
“With his wry, observant eye and quick wit, plus a pressing need to follow the truth into dark, uncharted places, Shap is a more optimistic version of Ross MacDonald’s Lew Archer. Readers will look forward to his next investigative adventure.” Publishers Weekly
“Goldman has written the perfect PI novel—smart, spare, sarcastic, and completely heartbreaking.” Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author

Reviews

Reviews

by Brian (Brian's Book Blog) 7/28/2018
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

A Unique Storyline

I read these books out of order and it didn't seem to affect much of the story.  I knew a little bit about how Nils ended up (where he lived for example).  But it didn't take away from the story at all.

Nils is a great leading character and I got a little more of his backstory in Gone To Dust (and I liked it a lot).  Goldman showed him as a deeply caring person.  The way that he wrote about his love for his ex-wife was touching and incredibly realistic.

Gone To Dust revolves around a murder of a woman with no signs of forced entry but the kicker is that the entire house is covered in dust from what appears to be hundreds of vacuum cleaners. A clever and interesting way to contaminate a murder scene and something that definitely made me perk up in the intro of this story.

The way that Nils goes about things is just something that I enjoy deeply. It seems to match up with how I want a murder investigation to go.  He, of course, runs into problems (bigger ones than I was expecting) but I like how he gets through them by basically ticking off all the facts that he knows to try and find another missing piece.

Goldman is a funny writer (along with an extremely talented mystery one). I found myself laughing numerous times during Gone To Dust, which doesn't happen much in murder-mystery novels.  He jokes about the Minnesota weather, about "Minnesota friendly", and other things that had me cracking up while also trying to figure out who did it.

The Minnesota setting, as I called out in the second books' review, is a really nice change of pace. It's just nice to not have this set in the same typical mystery settings like New York City, Miami, or Seattle. Being from a cold area I can relate to some of the mannerisms and issues that the people in this novel go through.  There were a few things you never hear/see in mystery's not set in the cold like covering your tracks in a snowstorm and planning a murder around fresh snow (for the same reason).

Overall, I enjoyed this one quite a bit and I hope that there are more novels in this series. I requested a copy of this audiobook for review - this has not affected my thoughts in any way.

Author

Author Bio: Matt Goldman

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: 7.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English