Gone to Dust

Gone to Dust

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Investigating a murder complicated by the killer's strategic approaches to confounding all possible DNA evidence, private detective Nils Shapiro is forced by FBI interference to secretly uncover the potentially shattering identity of a mysterious woman.
Publisher: New York :, Forge,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765391285
0765391287
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 22 cm

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DBRL_ANNEG May 07, 2018

I went into this expecting a darker, noir-ish detective novel. Instead I found it to be an often funny, strangely "cozy" mystery. I say strangely cozy because PI Nils "Shap" Shapiro is no Miss Marple or Hercules Poirot, but the mystery he solves unfolds in a very traditional manner, which would have made Agatha Christie proud. Nils is like many detectives in that his personal life is not great, and while he struggles with his personal issues, it was kind of refreshing to not have him end up in the super-dark place that so many fictional detectives seem to inhabit. He also has a great relationship with his friend, a detective with the Edina police force. I enjoyed the witty banter between the two friends that thankfully filled up much of the book. The mystery aspect of the story was also well laid out with lots of red herrings that kept me guessing. Readers who like mysteries that include a dash of humor will want to give this book a try.

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dweekes0
Mar 13, 2018

Good read. Just when I thought I had it figured out, of course, there was a nice little twist. When I had the time, I couldn't put it down. Sure page-turner.

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0007548100dmw
Feb 12, 2018

Very good book. Part human interest, part detective story. Well developed main character with considerable laugh out loud humor.

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mwgorman
Oct 11, 2017

Excellent book. Good characters, clever dialog, and an absorbing plot.

JCLGreggW Jun 12, 2017

As a Midwesterner, I loved the authentic Minnesota setting. As a fan of mysteries and procedurals, I loved the twists and turns of the case. As a fan of well-written characters, I loved my introduction to Nils Shapiro, a smart, wry, believable private detective who cannot let go of his demons.

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p_snoop
Oct 05, 2018

I was dated a woman who I now call "the mistake." She labeled everything with a label maker. It only took once for me to learn never to date a labeler again. Do not ask for whom the label maker tolls, it tolls for thee.

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