Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman
Private Investigator Nils Shapiro has been called in to assist with a homicide in a quiet little suburb of Minneapolis. He’s confused why he’s been called in so soon, the body was just discovered and the ME hasn’t even done an autopsy yet, but when he sees the crime scene he understands why the police need the extra help. Every inch of the body and home is covered with a thick layer of dust; the fine dust found in vacuum cleaner bags. Knowing that the killer most likely has their DNA in the system and spread the dust to cover their identity doesn’t really narrow down the suspects because it doesn’t appear that anyone had motive to kill the victim. Nils will be earning his fee on this case.
I was intrigued by the premise and soon as I read it. That’s dedication: collecting and emptying that many vacuum cleaner bags. It’s also pretty brilliant considering the forensic evidence you read about incriminating the guilty on television and in novels. The main characters are well developed as are many of the secondary characters and while you won’t figure out who did it (at least I didn’t) the clues are there and it all comes together when Nils finally cracks the case.
A great choice on audio. I really enjoyed the way the narrator voiced Nils, he really seemed like a guy you’d want to hang out with even though he is far from perfect.