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Broken Ice

Broken Ice

A Novel

Nils Shapiro (Volume 2)

Matt Goldman

Forge Books


In the words of Lee Child on Gone to Dust, “I want more of Nils Shapiro.” Emmy-award winning and New York Times bestselling author Matt Goldman happily obliges by bringing the Minneapolis private detective back for another thrilling, standalone adventure in Broken Ice.

Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small northern hockey town of Warroad, MN. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night’s game. Linnea’s friend Haley Housch is also missing—and soon found dead.

Shot through the arm with an arrow at the Haley Housch crime scene, only the quick work of medical examiner Char Northagen saves Nil’s life.

Nils should be in the hospital recovering from his near fatal injury, but he knows that the clock is ticking. Linnea could be anywhere, and someone doesn’t want her found. Is Linnea a victim, or is she playing a dangerous game? As bodies start piling up, the clues lead Nils and Ellegaard north to Warroad, a small, quiet town with many secrets to hide.


I saw Roger Engstrom three times—the second two he was dead. But the first time he sat on a tufted leather chair in the Saint Paul Hotel’s Harold Stassen Suite with a Yorkshire terrier on his lap. The dog was the result of...

Praise for Broken Ice

"Witty, well-plotted..Nils is a deeply flawed but good-hearted everyman...supported by a cast of wonderfully quirky characters. Readers will look forward to seeing a lot more of Nils and crew."--Publishers Weekly

Praise for Gone to Dust

“Sharp wit, complex characters, and masterful plotting makes Goldman a writer to watch. Irreverent and insightful, private detective Nils Shapiro is sure to become a fan favorite.”—Harlan Coben, New York Timesbestselling author

“A perfect blend of light touch and dark story—I want more of Nils Shapiro.” —Lee Child, New York Timesbestselling 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 Timesbestselling author

Reviews from Goodreads

Matt Goldman

MATT GOLDMAN is a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer for Seinfeld, Ellen, and other shows. He brings his signature storytelling abilities and light touch to the Nils Shapiro series, which started with his debut novel Gone to Dust and continues in Broken Ice. He began his career as a stand-up comedian while attending the University of Minnesota before moving to Los Angeles to write full-time. He is currently co-executive producer on BBC America's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

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Meet the Author

August 20, 2018

Meet Matt Goldman as he reads from his new novel Broken Ice, from the Nils Shapiro series.



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