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  • The Shallows

  • The Nils Shapiro Series, Book 3
  • Written by: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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The Shallows

Written by: Matt Goldman
Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
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Publisher's Summary

In the words of Lee Child on Gone to Dust, "I want more of Nils Shapiro." New York Times best-selling and Emmy Award-winning author Matt Goldman happily obliges by bringing the Minneapolis private detective back for another thrilling, stand-alone adventure in The Shallows

Business is booming for private investigator Nils Shapiro and his partners. 

Lawyer Todd Rabinowitz is found tied to the dock outside his Minnesota home with a fishing stinger through his jaw. His widow, Robin Rabinowitz, calls Nils to the crime scene and asks him to investigate her husband's savage murder. She's not the only one. Soon, Nils has more job offers than he can handle. Robin's boyfriend. Todd's partner at his law firm. One of Todd's clients, a polarizing Congressional candidate. The local police, in over their heads. The FBI. 

Their motives are complicated at best, and as Nils unravels the convoluted case, the bodies pile up. Someone doesn't want him to discover what happened to Todd, and won't stop until they silence Nils as well.

©2019 Matt Goldman (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic

This series kept me entertained totally enjoyed it. Would recommend to anyone who likes crime stories.

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Great narration kept me invested in the characters

Adding Macleod Anderson to our top five list. And now ready to dive into other Matt Goldman pieces. Good stuff.

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Stupendous series and narrator!!

I really liked Matt Goldman's The Shallows, Book 3 in the Nils Shapiro Series. I enjoyed the well-developed characters and their flaws and struggles to do the right thing while being human. The relationships between the characters were wonderful. I liked the twists in the cases. And the icing on the cake is the narration by MacLeod Andrews! Bravo! Books 1-3 in the Nils Shapiro Series are wonderful! Highly recommended!

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10/10

great story, really enjoyed this series, and this book was really really good. I devoured the series

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Such a good series

Such a great book series. I couldn’t stop listening to it. I can’t wait to start the next one.

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Great Book

The narrator has brought the characters to life. Nils is an interesting character, usually one step ahead but made a huge mistake in this one.

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Relatively Weak Entry In A Great Series

Don't get me wrong.. this is a more than passable Private Dick mystery with a complicated protagonist, interesting (genuinely unlikable) clients/supporting characters, and twists aplenty. Matt Goldman writes a well-contrived gritty story with a sombre atmosphere. Unfortunately, the sarcasm/humor is slightly incongruous and - despite a largely honorable set of ethics - I found myself not liking (and hence not caring for) Nils Shapiro in this one.. there is a noticeable lack of tension.

MacLean Andrews is a typically excellent reader on this project, making the audiobook better than a text copy would be. Although he sounds somewhat bored, I am actually unsure why Blackstone Audio decided to switch readers for Book Four.

Despite a slightly subpar effort overall, I give Book Three of the 'Nils Shapiro' series 6.5 stars out of 10. It was fine for Free as part of the 'Plus' initiative, but I wouldn't spend money on it if they asked (nor will I be continuing with Goldman's PI stories).

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