Norwegian by Night

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Fiction - 292 pages
27 Reviews
Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger Award winner
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A luminous novel, a police thriller, and the funniest book about war crimes and dementia you are likely to read

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, who failed his only son by sending him to Vietnam to die. 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. But old age and circumstances are altering Sheldon’s experience of time and memory. He is haunted by dreams of his son Saul’s life and by guilt over his death. As Sheldon and the boy look for a haven in an alien world, reality and fantasy, past and present, weave together, forcing them ever forward to a wrenching moment of truth.

Norwegian by Night introduces an ensemble of unforgettable characters—Sheldon and the boy, Rhea and Lars, a Balkan war criminal named Enver, and Sigrid and Petter, the brilliantly dry-witted investigating officers—as they chase one another, and their own demons, through the wilderness at the end of the world.
 

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User Review  - kakadoo202 - LibraryThing

this book is funny which is a surprise looking at the synopsis. I so enjoyed the old main character. Nothing to lose he just does what he thinks is right to make up for the loss of his son. When he tries to get rid of the tractor, I was laughing out loud. Great book. Read full review

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User Review  - Susan Johnson - Goodreads

I am really not sure what I think of this book. It is so dark which is an odd comment to make on a mystery but I actually felt depressed after finishing it. I wonder if it's the lack of sunlight that ... Read full review

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Contents

Part 2 River Rats
105
Part 3 New River
193
Back Matter
291
Back Flap
293
Back Cover
294
Spine
295
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Derek B. Miller is the director of The Policy Lab and a senior fellow with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. Born and raised in Boston, he has lived abroad for over fifteen years in Israel, England, Hungary, Switzerland, and Norway. 

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