Peter Goldman

Principal Works

Students of Pain
In book three in the series From the Case Files of Max Christian, PI, a Mafia family kidnaps Max's son, and Max teams up with Nick (The Closer) Testa to get him back. The publisher, iUniverse, designated it an Editors Choice book.

The Shape-Shifters
Max Christian, PI, is on the trail of a bad-boy Wall Street banker mixed up with a drug-dealing Mafia don. Max's longtime sidekick Tina Falcone is chasing a sadistic serial killer. As their cases improbably merge, they find themselves in a world of shape-shifters--a world in which practically no one is who he or she seems or claims to be.

The Last Minstrel Show: A Detective Story
Someone is killing members of a black basketball-and-minstrel-show troupe, and a tormented private detective named Max Christian enters a deadly world of drugs, guns and mob money in search of the killer.

The Death and Life of Malcolm X
Goldman’s biography, focused heavily on Malcolm’s last years and on his assassination in 1965, remains a standard more than four decades after it was first published in 1973. A second edition, published by the University of Illinois Press in 1979, and a third, in 2013, include important new information on who committed the murder and why.

Charlie Company: What Vietnam Did to Us
Starting in the summer of 1981, a team of Newsweek reporters sought out members of a single combat-infantry company to ask about their experiences in the Vietnam war and in the often difficult journey home. The men spoke openly, vividly and passionately, because, as one of them put it, nobody had asked them before. Their story won a National Magazine Award for Newsweek, and the widely praised book version reached number four on the New York Times paperback best-seller list.


Selected Works

Fiction
In book three in the series From the Case Files of Max Christian PI, a Mafia family kidnaps Max's son, and Max teams up with Nick (The Closer) Testa to get him back. An iUniverse "Editors Choice" book.
The second in a series of genre-bending crime novels, Max stalks the Gramercy Slasher, a serial killer targeting young women with showbiz aspirations. Kirkus Reviews called The Shape-Shifters an "intense...striking" thriller.
Members of a touring black basketball team are dying young, and Max Christian, a hard-drinking, hard-living PI, goes on the road to find their stalker. "A page turner...just plain beautifully written.”
–Robert Littell, author of The Company and other novels
Biography
A biography described by the New Yorker as “gripping, " by the Washington Post as “masterful," and by the New York Times as "shiningly eloquent."
Nonfiction
“…might almost pass for a prize-winning piece of serious fiction.”
New York Times

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