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Nell Goldstein is a character from the Devil May Cry novel by Shin-Ya Goikeda, known for her skill in creating custom weapons. She is the proprietor of the gunsmith shop ".45 Caliber Works" and the grandmother of Nico.
The .45 Caliber Artist
Nell Goldstein is the proprietor of the gunsmith shop ".45 Caliber Works," and is known to those in the know as the ".45 Caliber Artist" for her expert crafting of custom firearms, although in her old age she has taken to simply upgrading firearms others have made. A close friend of Tony Redgrave (Dante under a pseudonym), they have a rather disrespectful dynamic towards one another, even though they actually get along. Tony usually strolls into Goldstein's shop with a handful of firearms that he appropriates from his adversaries during jobs, selling them for some extra cash or trying to get them repaired for his own use. Despite Nell's constant nagging that Tony is far too hard on any pistol he uses by "trying to match the lightning output of a machine gun", she is always willing to spruce up any weapon he brings her. In truth, even though Nell treats Tony like a punk, she is always happy to help him out because he reminds her of someone close to her. Tony usually makes fun of Nell's lack of spelling expertise, as the sign in her shop reads ".45 Caliber Warks."
Sometime during the events of the story, Nell begins crafting her final masterpiece using the spare parts from several of the busted pistols Tony brings her. Her last masterpiece is none other than Ebony & Ivory, Dante's custom pistols. Nell had crafted the pistols with rapid fire in mind, and had left them disassembled for Tony to put together, making the weapons truly his, though she branded them with her old logo on the slides of each pistol: "For Tony Redgrave By .45 Art Warks". Nell's adoptive granddaughter, Nico, aspires to be a great weapon artist like her and keeps one of Nell's guns, a custom British Webley top-break revolver, framed in the Devil May Cry RV.
- Due to the release of Devil May Cry 3, the canonical nature of the Devil May Cry novel is in question, as some information given in the story differs with the game. In particular, entries in the series state that Dante created Ebony & Ivory himself: the novel works around those statements with Goldstein making him assemble the weapons himself.
- The use of the ".45 Art Warks" is possibly a play off of an actual, unintentional typo created from a Japanese developer writing something in English. Rather than correct the mistake in future titles, Capcom may have decided to build off of it. The typo was, however, eventually fixed to "Art Works" in Devil May Cry 5.
- Luce & Ombra, the dual pistols of the legendary Sparda, bear the same dedication engraving on their slides and so would presumably also originate from Goldstein, though the novel does not state this directly.