In this winner of the Crime Writerss Association John Creasey Dagger Award and the Guardian Best Crime and Thriller of the Year, a former Marine sniper and a newly orphaned boy race across the Norwegian wilderness, fleeing demons both real and imagined.
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.
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Crime Novel of the Year, and an Indie Next Selection. You can find the coming-of-age story of Sheldon Horowitz in How To Find Your Way in the Dark. Additionally, this is the first novel in which Sigrid Ødegård appears. You can follow her to her next case in American by Day.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If the excitement of this fast-paced thriller doesn’t grab you, the multifaceted characters will. Sheldon Horowitz is 82 and carries a lot of trauma: from fighting in the Korean War, from losing his son in Vietnam, and from recently losing his wife. And now he’s stuck in Norway, of all places, living with his expat granddaughter. But when he witnesses a neighbor’s murder and sees her young son in danger, Sheldon springs into action, hitting the road with the boy to protect him from the killer. We loved the bond that Sheldon and the boy form without even sharing a language. Derek B. Miller has an excellent understanding of human behavior, using the smallest details to tell us loads about these fascinating characters. We couldn’t get enough of Sheldon’s acidic wit or his amazing survival skills. Part road trip, part high-octane thriller, part heartfelt drama, Norwegian by Night is unclassifiable—and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Miller's first novel features an unlikely hero, Sheldon Horowitz, an 82-year-old widower suffering from dementia. Haunted by his Korean War experiences and his son's death in Vietnam, Sheldon has moved to Norway to live with his granddaughter and her husband. On hearing a violent argument outside his family's Oslo apartment, Sheldon opens his door to a Slavic-looking woman and her small son to offer them refuge from an assailant. The assailant kills the mother, but Sheldon manages to protect the boy. While Sheldon tries to keep the child safe, the police investigate the murder. Moments of humor, such as the time Sheldon bluffs his way into a fancy hotel room, enliven the narrative, but Sheldon's philosophical musings can wear (e.g., "Sanity is the thick soup of distraction that we immerse ourselves in to keep from remembering that we're gonna bite it"). This works better as a study in character than a crime novel.
Norwegian by Night
A great read laced with humanity and wisdom.
An unusual and gripping novel
I loved this novel. The characters, the surprises, the weaving in of memories. My heart pounded through the last half and I could not put it down.
I could not put this book down..love Sheldon