Norwegian by Night (Paperback)
This debut novel is pitch perfect on any number of levels. On the surface a Scandanavian crime novel, it's wrapped around a book filled with heart, laugh-aloud humor, and asks lots of life-questions large and small. Meet the unforgettable Sheldon Horowitz, our curmudgeonly, octogenarian watchmaker. He has agreed to leave his home in New York and live with his granddaughter and her husband in Oslo after the death of his wife. A former Marine sniper during the Korean Conflict, he has lost his son to the Vietnam War. Sheldon's deep scars from those experiences are beautifully woven into the novel's themes of time and war. When Sheldon witnesses a neighbor's murder, he feels morally compelled first to hide, and then to flee with the victim's eight-year-old son to keep him from danger. Their flight through Norway will make you laugh, cry and, yes, even bond with these two. This is truly a wonderful read that's a thriller, a caper, a thoughtful piece about fathers and sons, past wars, present societal issues and what it is to live a life well. -- Pam Stirling— From August 2014
June 2013 Indie Next List
“Sheldon Horowitz, an 80-year-old Korean War veteran, has a touch of dementia and goes to live with his daughter and son-in-law in Norway, where he becomes further disoriented. One day what sounds like violence breaks out in the upstairs apartment and a young boy's life appears to be at risk. Sheldon becomes the boy's protector/abductor, fleeing in disguise through the countryside as exiled Serbian war criminals and Norwegian cops give pursuit and the old man's Marine sniper skills come back to him. A wild, compelling, politically complex, and sometimes funny tale that is a very rich read, this is highly recommended.”
— Richard Howorth, Square Books, Oxford, MS
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 Nesbo, the holy trinity of Scandinavian crime novelists.- -- Booklist (starred review)
AN INDIE NEXT SELECTION.