This is the third of Goldman’s Nils Shapiro novels, and it’s another good one.
The Plot: A prominent lawyer is found dead, tied to his own dock by a fishing stringer through his jaw, and everyone wants Minnesota private detective Nils Shapiro to protect them from suspicion: The unfaithful widow who hires him to find out what happened, by whom and why. Her artist boyfriend, who thinks he may be a suspect. The lawyer’s firm, who wants to make sure the company reputation stays squeaky clean.
There is also an election coming in November, and a very (very!) right wing Congressional candidate may be involved.
With the local suburban police department unable to handle much more than DUI and violation of fishing license laws, Stone Arch Investigations, Nils and partners PI business, is invited to help solve the crime and the questions it raises. Then the big city cops get involved. Then the FBI.
Nils and his investigative partners illuminate a sticky web of secrets and deceit that draws national attention. But finding the web doesn’t prevent Nils from getting caught in it. Just when his safety is most in peril, his personal life takes an unexpected twist, facing its own snarl of surprise and deception.
I really enjoyed Goldman’s first two mysteries featuring private investigator Nils Shapiro, Gone to Dust,(2017) and Broken Ice (2018). I grabbed this one as soon as I could get my hands on it and finished it in a day and a half, pretty fast reading for me. Good stuff, recommended.
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