Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
(Faber & Faber, 2013)

Norwegian by Night

by Derek B. Miller

Sheldon Horowitz – widowed, old, impatient, impertinent – has grudgingly agreed to join his granddaughter and her husband Lars in a strange and exotic land: Norway. A country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, and not one of them a former Marine sniper from the Korean war turned watch repairman who failed his only son by sending him to Vietnam to die. Not until now, anyway.

In the neighbourhood of Tøyen, an extraordinary event leads Sheldon and a seven-year-old Balkan child on a desperate escape through the Norwegian wilderness in a bold effort to outfox a murderer. As their pursuers close in, so does Sheldon’s past.

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 deadpan humour, moral seriousness, visceral grief, and narrative tension in a remarkable way – and Sheldon seems set to become one of fiction’s famous heroes.


  • CWA Debut Dagger 2013 (Winner)
  • ABA Indies Choice Adult Debut Fiction Book of the Year (Shortlisted)
  • Strand Mystery Magazine Critics Award fo Best Novel of the Year (Shortlisted)


This is a wonderful novel: thoughtful, complex, gripping and very funny. ”
- Sydney Morning Herald
Derek B Miller’s fine first novel is ostensibly a Scandinavian thriller yet recalls Saul Bellow and Philip Roth’s more cerebral creations … A remarkably confident début that is at once a rich psychological study, a political parable that seems to be about America’s compulsion to intervene abroad, and a moving story of an old man’s last chance to slay his demons. ”
- Sunday Times
It’s brilliant, serious, literary crime, and our favourite thing, scandi-noir, but with a twist. Great things to come from Miller. ”
- The Times
Norwegian by Night is much more than an enjoyable thriller. It is a beautifully written tale of loss and love and, in Sheldon Horowitz, Miller has created an outstanding, if unlikely, hero.”
- The Jewish Chronicle