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American by Day

By: Derek B. Miller
Narrated by: Sean Mangan
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A gripping and timely novel that follows Sigrid - the dry-witted detective from Derek B. Miller's best-selling debut Norwegian by Night - from Oslo to the United States on a quest to find her missing brother.

She knew it was a weird place.

She'd heard the stories, seen the movies, read the books. But now police Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård has to leave her native Norway and actually go there - to that land across the Atlantic where her missing brother is implicated in the mysterious death of a prominent African-American academic. America. Sigrid is plunged into a United States where race and identity, politics and promise, reverberate in every aspect of daily life. Working with - or, if necessary, against - the police, she must negotiate the local political minefields and navigate the backwoods of the Adirondacks to uncover the truth before events escalate further.

Refreshingly funny, slyly perceptive, American by Day secures Derek B. Miller's place as one of our most imaginative and entertaining novelists.

©2018 Derek B. Miller (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Not just a crime drama, it’s a manifesto

This book is a terrific crime drama with some continuation from Norwegian by Night, also excellent. You don’t have to read (or listen to) that book first, but I recommend it. It will help you understand the complexity of Sigrid’s state of mind. But, beyond the excellent drama, the exquisite writing, the wonderful biting sarcasm heard in almost every line, this book is a manifesto about the problems of gun usage in the US, concepts of “freedom” in the US, racism in the US, and even the American diet. Every point was brilliantly made. The narrator is excellent, though sometimes the dramatic tone he used was overdone for certain lines. Not every sentence needed to be read like it was part of the unfolding drama. I forgive him that, though, because overall he did a find job. Derek, please keep writing more books in this series! Maybe there is an excuse for Sigrid to go to some other countries, say France, and we can get her critique of that location (but it is less likely that she’d speak French, right?)

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