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Norwegian by Night | [Derek B. Miller]

Norwegian by Night

Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.
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Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly.

To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind. He'd heard the boy's eastern European mother being murdered, and he's determined to protect the child from the killer and his Balkan gang. With an endearing combination of dexterity and daring, Sheldon manages to elude the police in what is hostile, foreign territory for him. But what he doesn't know is that the police and the gang both know where he's heading.

Norwegian by Night is the last adventure of a man coming to terms with the tragedy of his own life as he tries to save another's. It combines laconic, deadpan humour, moral seriousness, visceral grief, and narrative tensions in a remarkable way - and Sheldon, in particular, is about to become a famous fictional hero.

©2012 Derek B. Miller (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Norwegian by Night ‘may just be the Australian publishing coup of the decade, for this is a very powerful novel indeed, and Sheldon Horowitz is an absolutely unforgettable hero....A novel that will last and, soon enough, will be added to that canon of those finer works that transcend mere genre." (Jonathan Dawson, Sunday Tasmanian)

"To say this is an enigmatic read would be the understatement of the season." (Courier Mail)

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    "Different but good."

    Sheldon can be described as; elderly, Jewish, a New Yorker, a Korean war vet and a decent man with early dementia. Lead characters don't get more interesting or complicated than that. This book is worth a listen.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Longview, TX, United States 03-31-14
    Linda Longview, TX, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2004
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    It took a while to sort out the story, for my ears to recognize and understand the shifts in time and voice. The complexity of the telling is integral to the story. Once my ears became accustomed I was able to follow the scrambled tale of extraordinary events taking place.

    I am so glad I hung in there. This is one of the best books to which I've listened. This is an exceptionally gifted author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Evanston, IL, United States 10-17-13
    Lisa Evanston, IL, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed getting to know this guy"

    I am not a fan of mysteries and thrillers. But my husband is and so I chose it for us to listen to while driving on vacation. Glad I did. Sheldon is this wonderful, old, grumpy, Greatest Generation guy, a fish out of water in cold, dark, gentile Norway. He is Jewish down to his kishkes, not in a religious, go to synagogue way, but in the wrestling with God, justice shall you pursue way. And when he has his chance to heal a little part of the world (and himself), he grabs it without hesitation. A wonderful, insightful, gripping book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Intriguing"

    I really enjoyed this well written story, and as an aside learning lots about Norway during the read. I liked not second guessing the plot though it's a straight forward thriller but with flash backs to the Vietnam and Korean wars and Sarajevo. I really enjoyed the old man, whose body and mind are failing him, our tainted hero. The narrative arc from Norway to America, during a chase through Norwegian countryside, is not forced. The characters are well fleshed and I enjoyed the reveals throughout the novel creating even more fully established characterisations. This is not your usual thriller, this has more depth and for a first novel, which I believe it is, it is really rather good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
    BUILTH WELLS, United Kingdom
    11/13/13
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    "You will make excuses to keep listening."
    What did you like most about Norwegian by Night?

    The main character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, his depth. I loved him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a disappointment at first. I was a bit underwhelmed. However, with hindsight I was actually delighted with it. The story took my hand, led me down the garden path and then slammed the gate in my face.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "The book is acceptable but the END....."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The end! The book ends with a number of unanswered questions and improbable (if not impossible) events.


    Would you recommend Norwegian by Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, it is a book that doesn't give anything to the reader/listener. It is not a bad experience to listen to it, but after doing that you ask yourself: what was the point?


    Have you listened to any of Sean Mangan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    It was my first book and probably the last.


    Could you see Norwegian by Night being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    It could be a movie because there is some action here and there, as well as a number of interesting flashbacks. But it will not be an Oscar winner. Clint Eastwood could perform as Sheldon.


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    1/28/14
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    "Entertaining and Well Constructed"
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    I enjoyed this book, particularly the Norwegian setting. The characters were sketched fairly well although not all of them were really three-dimensional.

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