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American by Day

Narrated by: Sean Mangan
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 quite as good as...

....Norwegian by night which has a high “quirk value”. This follows on but is a little too preachy about us culture and bad behaviors versus Norway. Still it’s worth it. Good ending.

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Love Loss and Melancholy

Miller's book Norwegian By Night was published about 5 years ago and introduced the reader to the powerful character of 82 year old ex-marine Sheldon. This new entry in what appears to be a series picks up just days after the final scene of that first book. In American By Day, Miller continues to explore cultural divides, love, loss, family and most importantly memory.

For me, Sheldon is a tough act to follow and book one had a driving pace that used a complex mix of semi-confused elderly internal dialogue and flash back style memories to tell an edge of your seat story. Book two, to me, had a slower pace and a more circumspect point of view. Don't get me wrong, the characters in book two were easy to connect with, well developed, and believable. Miller tells a good story with another cross cultural adventure but be aware--it's just a little different in style.

I will be really interested in seeing where Miller takes the story in future books and to see more of Sigrid and Irv--both engaging characters. This book was filled with dry humor, deep insights about cultural conflicts within communities and the pitfalls of perspective in love and family. It's best to read book one in the series before starting this title as one builds on the other.

Recommended if you liked Norwegian By Night. I enjoyed this continued storyline and thought the narration was excellent.

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 04-14-18

Fun, Murder, and Twists!

punfest, snark-fest, mystery, murder-investigation, twisty

*She is foreign, he can't place the accent though. The three most common foreign accents up here in upstate New York are French Canadian, Mexican, and Brooklyn, and she doesn't sound like any of the three. *
That should give a clue about the humor! The mystery itself is quite well done, the suspense is fueled by red herrings, and plot twists, and each of the characters certainly are. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers, but the humor and godawful puns will keep you chortling long after the read is finished!
I received a free copy in a Goodreads Giveaway.
PS. We are Norsk.
I bought the audio on sale, and was disappointed in the narrator's cadence, boredom, and pronunciations.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

I loved both this and the previous book. The author artfully weaves humor, philosophy, and discussion of sensitive topics into well told storylines. This is not a genre a normally read, but I would definitely come back for more.

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A thoroughly entertaining philosophical part 2

I do a lot of driving in LA and this pair of novels was a breath of fresh air and a thorough delight. I listened to both with my very bright 13 year old who adored both as much as I did. He did comment- “Miller definitely likes to give his characters lengthy monologues.” This is true. But these long philosophical rants and musings are the heart of the novel and the plot is secondary.
I commend Miller, an excellent reader himself, for his perspicacity in recognizing that the man for the job is the flawless and utterly perfect Sean Mangan. Flawless.
Sad the series is over. Glad I found it on audible. I feel like it made me think and kept me truly content for hours.

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Snarky fun mystery

Really fun mystery...a bit preachy about the evils of American culture from a Norwegian perspective but since I agree with the assessment, that part was snarky fun and so were the characters and plot.

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  • R. Egg
  • Portland, OR
  • 06-28-18

Really good

Really interesting story. The characters, narrator.. I'll be looking for other books by the author.

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Great read!

I liv d this book. It was a great story with philosophy, psychology, religion, humor and mystery all combined. Bless the Norwegians👏

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