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The Shallows

(Nils Shapiro #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  578 ratings  ·  98 reviews
In the words of Lee Child on Gone to Dust, “I want more of Nils Shapiro.” New York Times Best Selling author and Emmy Award-winning writer Matt Goldman obliges by bringing the Minneapolis private detective back for another thrilling, stand-alone adventure in The Shallows.

A prominent lawyer is found dead, tied to his own dock by a fishing stringer through his jaw, and
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Forge Books
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Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Shallows” by Matt Goldman is book three in the “Nils Shapiro” Series, but new readers will immediately be drawn into the story, and any background information needed is included seamlessly as a natural part of the action. The story unfolds in a first person narrative by Nils Shapiro. He is a private investigator and shares his philosophy,
“I never trust someone with a clean and neat desk.”

When Robin Rabinowitz finds the body of her husband in Minnesota’s Christmas Lake tied up like a fish,
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

"Tell me something, Nils
Aren't you tired tryin' to fill that void?
Or do you need more?
Ain't it hard keeping it so hardcore?"

Nils is not sure how to fill the void in his personal life. He needs to go deep and move away from the shallow area in his relationships with the women in his life. He has better luck catching killers.

Matt Goldman's third Nils Shapiro book. We ride along with Nils as he searches for the killer(s) of a high powered lawyer. At the same time he's trying to deal with
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lawyer Todd Rabinowitz died in the lake at the back of his house in the middle of the night. Oh, but it was not a simple death by drowning. He was tied to the dock by a fish stringer run through his jaw. Nasty. Private investigator Nils Shapiro is hired by the widow to figure out who killed him. There are several suspects: 1) the widow Robin, who says they were close to divorcing, 2) the artist boyfriend who creates metal sculpture, 3) Todd's law firm partners because Robin suspects her husband ...more
Laura Rash
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Kind of disappointed in this one after the second in this series was so good. But I probably will continue this series if there are more to come.
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I listened toGone to Dust after seeing it as an audible daily deal and have continued with the Nils Shapiro series . I really enjoyed the Minnesota setting since so much is familiar, having lived there for many years. I can see the streets, the restaurants, everything. This one starts on Christmas Lake and I lived just a block from it 5 years ago.I also lived on St. Alban's Bay for about 15 years and used to take the boat to Maynards
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
** I received a free copy in a giveaway **

I've not read the other PI Nils Shapiro books but was able to step into the series without feeling like I was lost and couldn't catch up. The read was enjoyable and the mystery compelling.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another winner! I like the detective Nils Shapiro and it's fun to read a book set in the place you live.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book and definitely a new favorite author. Especially love reading the book with it being set in Minneapolis and all the references to places all of us in the Twin Cities love. Goldman’s books are quick to get into and love how the main character Nils is developing and enjoy his sassy attitude too. Hoping the next book will be out soon!
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nils Shapiro just keeps getting better! Appreciated his social/political commentary immensely in this one. Keep them coming, Matt!
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third in a great series of mysteries set in Minneapolis featuring the appealing private investigator, Nils "Shap" Shapiro. For some reason, it took me about 50 pages to get into it but then I couldn't stop reading and the well-constructed and intricate solution was very satisfying. It's also interesting to catch up on Nils' private life and he has a new love interest (not a spoiler, there are hints throughout the book) which adds to the appeal. Try this series (GONE TO DUST is the ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Shallows by Matt Goldman is book three in the Nils Shapiro and I have been a big fan of this new series. This one drifts in the political arena and may be uncomfortable for some readers but I think Goldman has navigated those waters very well with his characters.

"...I am nice. But I'm a private detective, not your lawyer. If I were your lawyer I would have told you the police will look hard at you and not to lie about anything because you've left a trail whether you realize it or not.
Every time I discover a new author thanks to a book I'm given to review, I count myself lucky. The Shallows is Matt Goldman's third Nils Shapiro novel, but I haven't read the two earlier ones. As I often do, I'll suggest you start with the first, Gone to Dust. After all, it was nominated for Nero and Shamus Awards.

Nils Shapiro is a private investigator in Minneapolis, working with his best friend Anders Ellegaard. It's Ellegaard's wife who is responsible for Shapiro's latest case. When Todd
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really like Goldman’s style of writing. It’s smart, wry humored, and fast. His characters, for the most part, are always in motion. As in his first book, I noticed he still tends to tell me how to drive around Minneapolis. It’s all part of his detectives-on-the-go now though. I don’t mind it anymore. I didn’t realize at first that this is book three in the Shapiro series. I need to track down book 2. This is a series I will stick with. I was 99 percent bamboozled by the mystery this time. ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Goldman became a go to author for me after reading the first book in this wonderful series, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. As a matter of fact, I started this book this morning and could not stop reading until I had finished it.
I adore Nils Shapiro, and this book elevated him to another level in my appreciation of the character, his crime solving acumen and his personal musings on life and people. I actually highlighted a passage in this book, and I have never done that before. It just
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great novel starring Nils Shapiro, private investigator with true human flaws and perfections. I love this author's voice and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Mystery & Thriller
You could pretty much draw a straight line from Philip Marlowe through Spenser to Nils Shapiro. Author Matt Goldman has fused Marlowe’s world-weary demeanor with Spenser’s razor-sharp wit and created Nils, who is somewhat of an ethnic fish out of water in the Scandinavian gene pool of Minneapolis. With great wisdom, Goldman has gradually evolved his private investigator over the course of two novels --- GONE TO DUST and BROKEN ICE --- and continues to do so with THE SHALLOWS, the newly published ...more
Janell Madison
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Shallows by Matt Goldman- I love reading books by MN Authors! It’s fun to read about places they go in the book and be able to visualize being at those places! I liked this book and it definitely kept me guessing! Lots of people in the book, but it’s pretty easy to keep track of who people are. I think this is a book my husband would love, so I’ve only shared small bits of info with him. If you’re going on a trip, pick this one up for your guy! He will love it!-Janell at Green Gables Book ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I give this book 3 1/2 stars. Nils Shapiro is back in the 3rd book in this series. Nils is a police academy trained private eye in Minneapolis. He is wise cracking and confident. In this book Nils is called to go to the home of a wealthy woman whose husband has been found murdered. She lives in a small, exclusive enclave with a tiny police force that doesn’t know how to investigate a murder. The wife wants to hire him, the police want him to consult, the law firm where the victim worked wants to ...more
Ken Heard
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having grown up in northern Minnesota, what sold me on Matt Goldman's first two books were the Minnesota setting and the descriptions of the land and people. In his second book, "Broken Ice," the hockey culture of Warroad, Minn., is a huge character and a draw for any Minnesotans.

But there's less of the Minnesota-centric feel in The Shallows and instead, readers get a more complex murder mystery that features somewhat cliched characters as the quirky artist who makes huge metal sculptures, a
Hey, I like Shap. I even liked what there was of the mystery, and it was quite hilarious to see Shap suddenly very popular with all sorts of people for maybe the wrong reasons. But I wanted resolution, and I didn't want it to all to go through to another book. It's possible that the whole thing ends without the killer actually in custody, that they will be at large forever, and I wouldn't mind that. I might retroactively up this book's rating if the mystery in the next has nothing to do with the ...more
Mark Robertson
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nils Shapiro is a fictional PI I’d like to meet. He’s worked some interesting cases - the activities related in The Shallows, for example- and he’s got a great sense of humor. As does Matt Goldman, who, per the book jacket is “ Emmy Award-winning television writer for Seinfeld, Ellen and other shows”.

One important element in this story is the city of Minneapolis, a city that can, apparently, get unbearably hot as well as dangerously cold. I like the sense of place in this book. I also like
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Well was my first book on the series of Nils Shapiro, I should have maybe tried the first book.
Not bad, decent mystery, easy reading, and quite some wit from Matt Goldman.
I felt sometime the story tend to take some shortcut but it could make an interesting running TV show.
What I like the most, this book has a message, and it's political, and I couldn't agree more with it.

Will read probably the first 2 to get a better grip on Nils.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid 3 1/2 stars. This guy needs to find one woman and one woman only. Not sure why it bothers me that every book has potentially 12 love interests for him. Perhaps just a big flirt or just afraid of commitment???
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for series about sardonic and cynical private investigators. Not that I would want to know one in real life, but reading about them can be great fun. Nils Shapiro, the narrator of Matt Goldman’s “The Shallows” (Forge), is the perfect example of a PI who questions everything, especially when his gut tells him someone is not telling the truth. An additional pleasure is the fact that Nils is Jewish and talks about the Minneapolis Jewish community, where everyone knows everyone else’s ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm gonna come back and talk about this once I've thought about it more.
Still liked it, just not as much as previous installments and that honestly could be my fault, since i got through this book so fast
Kathi Kauppi
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Matt Goldman’s books with detective Nils Shapiro! They are simply fun to read. I think The Shallows is his best so far. Goldman keeps us interested and entertained with Shapiro’s detective work and humorous thinking and comments (although he can be a jerk) throughout, and it is difficult to figure out who the murderer is until Shapiro reveals him or her at the end, an important characteristic of a good detective novel.

As a Minnesotan, I get a kick out of his frequent stereotypical Swedish
Steve Beaulieu
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Top ten this year. For sure.
Sean Little
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another strange murder, another dose of Minnesota nice, and--as always--a heaping helping of the subtle sadness that seems to have a way of following Nils Shapiro around.

The third Nils Shapiro novel follows a twisted path around something that starts as a simple murder, but Matt Goldman finds a way to show us that murder, like life, is never simple. There are always too many variables to consider, and too many angles to take when trying to solve something like this. Add into it the complexity
Pat Lampe
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book but I really disliked the politics in the solution to the crimes. Can’t even a crime book be written without a left or right wing message. Otherwise, I liked it.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third in the series and it's still fresh and interesting. Nils surrounds himself with a real cast of characters to help him deliver the killer in this one.
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