Norwegian by Night

Norwegian by Night

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by Derek B. Miller
     
 

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Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger Award winner
 
An ECONOMIST TOP FICTION TITLE OF THE YEAR
A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A GUARDIAN BEST CRIME AND THRILLER OF THE YEAR
A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR

“A soulful, humane, and sparklingly funny novel. Spend some time with Sheldon and company in the

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Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger Award winner
 
An ECONOMIST TOP FICTION TITLE OF THE YEAR
A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A GUARDIAN BEST CRIME AND THRILLER OF THE YEAR
A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR

“A soulful, humane, and sparklingly funny novel. Spend some time with Sheldon and company in the Scandinavian wilderness and you just might make peace with your god, your ghosts, and yourself.” — Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Sheldon Horowitz—widowed, impatient, impertinent—has grudgingly agreed to leave New York and move in with his granddaughter, Rhea, and her new husband, Lars, in Norway—a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean War turned watch repairman. Not until now, anyway.

Home alone one morning, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes and shields the neighbor’s young son from the violence, and they flee the scene. As Sheldon and the boy look for a safe haven in an alien world, past and present weave together, forcing them ever forward to a wrenching moment of truth.

“This is one of the best books of the season, of any genre.” — Buffalo News

“Miller joins the ranks of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, and Jo Nesbø, the holy trinity of Scandinavian crime novelists.” — Booklist (starred review)

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Library Journal
Sheldon Horowitz is 82 years old and sliding into dementia, one symptom of which is that he talks to the dead. His granddaughter is concerned; Sheldon lives in Oslo with her and her husband because he can no longer care for himself unaided. One day the man witnesses a horrific murder outside the front door of their flat. He runs off with a small boy to save him from the killer, a Kosovo war criminal. Pursued by both the killer and the police, Sheldon revives his military skills from his sniper days during the Korean War. VERDICT In this fiction debut, Miller (senior fellow, UN Institute for Disarmament Research) has written both an exciting chase thriller and a poignant story about a man who comes into his own again in his dotage. The book occasionally verges on schmaltz, but it's bigger and better than this minor failing. The many admirers of Scandinavian crime novels will enjoy this big-hearted first novel, which embeds social commentary although it doesn't wear its political persuasions on its sleeve.—David Keymer, Modesto, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544292666
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
95,520
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Educated at Georgetown, Oxford, and Geneva, DEREK MILLER has worked on international peace and security for think tanks, diplomatic missions, and the United Nations. The Girl in Green is Miller’s second novel after the international and award-winning Norwegian by Night
 


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Norwegian by Night: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope people take a chance on this book...it yields rich rewards. It is so much more than the "standard" Scandi-crime novel, so much more than a "cozy," so much more than a police procedural. I'm afraid it will fall through the cracks...it deserves to be read widely, far beyond mystery lovers and literary-novel aficionados. There's something here for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written! This is more than just a thriller/mystery . The story is woven together in such a lovely way between the main character & his son's past & current story about his relationship eith his granddaughter & little boy he rescues. Found myself imagining what became of them all! Highly reccommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and poignant at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever got lost in an IKEA store?   With products from all over the world organized in very Scandinavian fashion? Then you a well adversed to take on Sheldon Horowitz mind - lost and found in Oslo, Norway, transplanted after his wife's death in New York City by his grand daughter, mentally called back to the Marines after be-witnessing a murder, protecting a boy that just lost his mother and leaving Oslo police and criminals from former Yugoslavia guessing of whereabouts.  So far the only objection I have had so far: Lars would never hunt reindeers, they are all property to someone.  Elks maybe, but not reindeers!   Otherwise excellent characterization of people, places and their associated demons!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when it first came out because I wanted to read novels set in Norway prior to vacationing there in June. I followed the progress of Sheldon and the young boy on a map of Norway so I would learn geography while being entertained.  A great blend of literary fiction and crime novel.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Norwegian By Night is the first novel by American-born author, Derek B. Miller. When 82-year-old American widower, Sheldon Horowitz goes to live with his granddaughter, Rhea and her Norwegian husband, Lars, in Olso, the last thing he expects is to find himself on the run from the police with a small boy in tow. But the ex-marine, suffering dementia, according to Rhea, has witnessed the murder of the boy’s mother and feels compelled to keep the boy safe. He heads for the hills, unaware that everyone else (Rhea and Lars, the police, the killer and his gang) is headed there too.  Awarded the Crime Writer's Association John Creasy Dagger Award for a debut crime novel in 2013, it is, indeed, a brilliant debut novel, but it is much, much more than a crime novel. Miller has his characters opining on war criminals, ethnic cleansing, asylum legislation, immigration and integration, the treatment of Jews in Norway during World War Two and patriotism. The Korean War, drug trafficking, war atrocities, photography, Marine training, Vietnam, revenge, guilt and grief all feature. Miller’s characters have depth and appeal. Sheldon may be a cranky, argumentative old man but it is impossible not to like him and his voice is clearly heard in the reader’s head. His conversations with both real and imagined people are full of wit and humour, some of it quite black. Rhea observes he can “sound childish and demented but logical all at once.” so that “Tea. Nazi. Milkshake. Police. Are we clear?” can make complete sense to the reader. Miller achieves the perfect mix of serious and hilarious, relieving tense moments with laugh out-loud-dialogue. This novel has twists and turns, plenty of tension and a nail-biting finish. This book is such a pleasure to read that it presents a dilemma for readers who will find themselves racing through it to know the final outcome whilst at the same time, wishing for it not to end. One can only hope that Miller will soon endow the reading public with another work of this calibre. Funny, moving, exciting and thought-provoking. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book touched my heart as my father had alzhiemers. It was wonderful to see how this man functioned. Very good read.
karatepen More than 1 year ago
Derek Miller is a good writer,his plot,although far fetched at times,kept my interest .I was enervated by the character Sheldon's endless opinions about,a times interesting ideas tackling serious important political and human issues .I felt that the plot was used to deal with issues that need revision and and certainly human solution.If you don't mind philosophizing...go for it.
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Slow at the beginning, then picked up. I just didn't find it to be so interesting.
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Really loved the characters and their backgrounds. Story was well written and kept my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An unforgetable leading man (even at the age of 82), a page-turning mystery, a unique setting and dialogue that will make you laugh out loud  one minute and  recoil a minute later...  Spread the word:.... this book should be read.  I hope Mr Miller has more tales up his sleeve.
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The book is slow moving, and one that is rather hard for me to stay engaged in, although I plan to finish it. It deals with hallucinations in the mind of the main character as he lived in a foreign (to him) country where he doesn't know the language, rescues a young boy, who has a language barrier, and isn't moving along as fast as the books that I usually enjoy reading.
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This was a very good book. I found I had to pay attention as the author had written in the "here and now" for Sheldon's conversations and then suddenly the next sentence he had back flashes and imaginary conversations. She, the author, gave vivid details of how beautiful the country is as well as historic information. Highly suggest one give this book a try.
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PatAK More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's especially good for senior citizens, since they could relate to the main character, but I'm sure others would enjoy it too. Well written, plenty of action, and interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Little bit of humor, suspense and insight into family and culture. Having lived in Oslo for a semester abroad added to my interest in this book. As a first novel I would say Miller knocked this one out of the park
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