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Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller

Norwegian by Night (2012)

by Derek B. Miller

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A most affecting literary suspense novel, with important universal themes such as grief, parent-child relations, revenge, violence, and guilt. Sheldon, an elderly Jewish watch repairman, has been displaced from New York City to Oslo to join his daughter and her Norwegian husband, following the death of his wife and the news that his grand daughter is pregnant. His late wife and now his grand daughter believed he is suffering from dementia, but there's much evidence to contradict that assumption, although he does have visions of people and situations from his past. After a Serbian woman is murdered in Sheldon's bedroom while he hides in the closet with her son, he flees with the boy to escape from the violence and the unknowns of the situation. Although the story is told primarily in the third person from Sheldon's perspective, the narrative shifts occasionally to what is happening to his grand daughter, the police inspector who is trying to find the murderer, and the Kosovan perpetrators. The strength of the novel derives from the power of the back stories of Sheldon, his Korean War experience, and his relationship with his son. Sheldon's guilt for his perceived responsibility for his own wartime activities, as well as for his son's death in Vietnam, are combined with his acute grief over the many losses he has experienced. Although this is a page-turner that we want to rush through for its suspense, it is a book to savor and remember. ( )
  sleahey | Oct 10, 2017 |
Fantastic! ( )
  Mitchell_Bergeson_Jr | Aug 6, 2017 |
Norwegian by Night. Derek B. Miller. 2012. OMG Jim would have loved the subtle ethnic humor in this book! Sheldon Horowitz, a widowed, Jewish Korean War vet and watch repairer has moved to Oslo to be with his granddaughter. Sheldon opens the door one morning to see the woman who lives upstairs and her young son running for their lives. He manages to save the little boy but the mother is killed as she tries to give Sheldon time to save her son. Sheldon decides to take the boy to his daughter’s summer house until he can sort things out. The police are hunting for him as are the men who killed the boy’s mother. In his mind Sheldon visits with his dead son, and his deal comrades from the war so we have an idea of what he has been through. He uses his sniper training to save the boy. I agree

with the The Jewish Week: “ funny, moving and, thoroughly griping.” This is one of the best books I’ve read in ages. ( )
  judithrs | Jul 4, 2017 |
A very intriguing e-book, I was captivated and surprised throughout the book. I Loved this book.
  CoriatLib | May 27, 2017 |
This is our April 2017 book group selection and I have to admit that I was a skeptic....yet another book about a grumpy old man. There have been a lot of them lately: [A Man Called Ove], [The Little Paris Bookshop], [The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye], [Major Pettigrew's Last Stand].....see what I mean?

Somehow, this one is different...I really liked it. Sheldon (aka Donny) the obligatory grumpy old man main character is 82 yrs. old, recently widowed, and has emigrated to Norway from NYC to be his adult granddaughter, Rhea, his only surviving relative. Saul is a veteran of the Korean War where he served as a Marine sniper....or perhaps he was a clerk?...He was not terribly forthcoming with his family on that point.

Rhea's father, Saul, was Sheldon's only son and a casualty of the Viet Nam war. A death for which Sheldon feels responsible because he applied WWII & Korean War sensibilities in Saul's upbringing, thus his fatal service in Viet Nam.

Shortly after we meet Sheldon, he is drawn into a situation where he witnesses a murder in his own home and becomes responsible for a 7 yr. old boy with whom he cannot communicate. Sensing that organized crime is involved and the boy is in danger, Sheldon sets off with the boy to protect him from the killer(s).

The result is an improbably odyssey through the Norwegian northwoods where Sheldon's depth of character is revealed.

There is humor, suspense, and tension as the drama unfolds.

I give it 4 stars. ( )
  tangledthread | Mar 14, 2017 |
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A literary novel, a police thriller, and the funniest book about war crimes and dementia you are likely to read anytime soon.
Sheldon Horowitz—widowed, old, impatient, impertinent has grudgingly agreed to move in with his granddaughter Rhea and her new husband Lars in Norway: a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, and 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 in unfamiliar Oslo, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the Balkan woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes the neighbor's young son to shield him from the violence, and the two flee the scene. But old age and circumstances are altering Sheldon's experience of time and memory. As he and the boy attempt to make their way to safety, Sheldon becomes haunted by dreams of his son Saul's life and guilt about his death. In looking for a safe haven in an alien world, reality and fantasy, past and present, weave together, forcing Sheldon and the boy ever-forward to a dramatic climax.

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 each other, and their own demons, through the wilderness at the end of the world.

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After witnessing a murder in Olso, elderly former Marine sniper and watch repairman, Sheldon Horrowitz, flees to safety with the newly orphaned son of the victim and becomes haunted by memories of his own son who died in Vietnam.

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