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American by Day

(Sigrid Ødegård #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,247 ratings  ·  293 reviews
 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Karen Siddall You do not need to read Norwegian By Night first however reading American By Day first would reveal spoilers about it. NbN was very good. I may prefer…moreYou do not need to read Norwegian By Night first however reading American By Day first would reveal spoilers about it. NbN was very good. I may prefer it to this one.(less)

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Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s early in the year, but I’m certain that “American by Day” will be on my 2018 top ten list for literary crime fiction. Derek Miller is a brilliant writer and storyteller, and for that alone I would recommend this book. But that is only part of the reason I loved this book. I appreciate hearing reasoned opinions and ideas about social and political issues in the US from non-US residents, and the observations and commentary of Miller were revealing and insightful, particularly about institutio ...more
Diane S ☔
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
We last left Sigrid in Norwegian by Night, after the end of a case that seriously impacted her professionally and personally. In this outing Sigrid comes to Jefferson County in search of her brother, at the request of her father. She finds her brother wanted by the police in the mysterious death of a black woman. She meets Irving Wiley, former divinity student, now elected Sheriff of the County where the death occurred. She also gets a first hand look at race relations and other oddities of a co ...more
Derek B. Miller uses the crime/thriller format to deliver a smart literary state of the nation perspective on the US and compares it with Norway, on issues of policing, race, women, power, politics, society and the individual. He makes astute and incisive observations on burning contemporary issues in the US with wry humour and comic wit. Sigrid Odegard, arrives in Upstate New York and Jefferson County in her search for her brother, Marcus, at the urging of her father who feels something is wron ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-books
I read a lot of mystery/thrillers and occasionally one comes along which is really superior to the rest. American by Day is one of those.

Author Derek B. Miller had a moment of genius when he decided to bring the main character of Norwegian by Night, Sigrid Odegard, out of her native Norway and into the backwoods of the Adirondacks, USA. Here she is thrown into the company of Irving Wylie, a man with a masters degree in Divinity who is now the local Sheriff. This is a character driven book and th
In this follow-up to Norwegian by Night, Miller takes on a journey to middle America as seen through Norwegian eyes and the resulting picture is just as full of quirky characters and situations as in his previous novel.

Sigrid Ødegård was hoping to spend time recovering from the events at the close of the previous novel, visiting her father’s farm, but instead her father sends her off to America to find her missing brother, Marcus. When she arrives in the small New York college town where Marcus
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Derek B. Miller, it's good to know you've still got it, that incredible ability to take serious, tough topics like suicide, cancer, depression, grief and loneliness, politics and prejudice, and put them into a story that is deep, yes, but lots of fun too. Loved it!

I adored Norwegian By Night (5 stars too), so this sequel had a lot of expectations to live up to; and it managed to make me feel happy, sad, and even a little more intelligent because Miller's writing covers some heavy topics tha
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Norwegian by Night…American by Day. Anyone who has had the pleasure of reading the first novel will remember Norwegian Chief Inspector Sigrid Odegard – and those who haven’t read it will quickly get acquainted with her.

Here she finds herself swiftly transported to America in search of her missing brother, who is a suspect in the death of his African-American girlfriend Lydia, an acclaimed professor with a heavy heart. She teams up with the local sheriff, Irving Wylie, surely one of the more deli
Jenny (Reading Envy)
After I notoriously did not care much for Norwegian by Night, unlike the rest of my book club, I was a bit hesitant to pick up the sequel. But I was interested in the idea that it was about a periphery character in the first novel, one I didn't like all that much, the female Norwegian cop, but focusing on her journey to upstate New York to try to find her brother. It's lucky she did because he is a suspect in a murder case and people are closing in. (Also lucky because he is an adjunct professor ...more
Paul Lockman
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-favourites
4.5 stars rounded up.
Derek B. Miller has quickly become a favourite author of mine and American by Day didn’t disappoint, though I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Norwegian by Night, one of my absolute favourite reads of 2017.

Straight up I think we should warn our Goodreads friends from the USA that throughout this book he takes the piss out of American culture quite a lot. A hell of a lot actually. Some of it is light-hearted e.g. lousy coffee, terrible take away food, but a lot of it is prett
Roman Clodia
3.5 stars

It pains me - really, pains me - to have to give the marvellous Miller less than the full 5-star treatment, but this book and I just, somehow, didn't gel. There's so much potential here structured via a Norwegian 'outsider's' view of America, plus an urgent attention to race and, specifically, the shooting of black citizens by white police officers (a particularly emotive example of which is in this story)... yet, it never quite felt like the book took off.

Miller's trademark gimlet wit
Alex Cantone
“If sadness is normal, it makes no sense to me to treat it with drugs as though the brain is broken.”

In the sequel to Norwegian by Night, Police Chief Sigrid Ødegård has been exonerated for shooting a knife-wielding Kosavo refugee at a siege near the Swedish border. Yet it does not lie well with her, wondering if she could have done more to diffuse the situation. She takes leave to visit her father, who has received a disturbing letter from her brother Marcus, who had taken an adjunct professor
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Derek B. Miller’s American by Day blew me away like a loosely gripped bunch of balloons in the gust of the powerful Santa Anna winds of Southern California.

I was familiarized with this title after reading several raving reviews from my close and devoted dear dear friends on Goodreads. Now some of you may feel I am overemphasizing my relationship with these Goodreads amigos. You don’t really know them, you might say. They could be practitioners of witchcraft. They could be fans of the musical st
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
American by Day – A touch of class.

Derek B. Miller follows up his highly successful debut with a touch of class, in this brilliant thriller with a nod to Scandi Noir, American By Day. The prose flows like water and is as smooth as silk, this could easily be placed amongst literary thrillers as it crosses both genres easily and at no time do you feel being preached at.

While we must work out whodunnit, we are given a psychological study of small town American policing, boarding on the paramilitary
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, reviewed
This book consisted of rather preachy social and political commentary about race relations in America, but was somewhat redeemed by the often light and humorous tone to the writing. I have not read the previous book featuring Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård, so I don't know what I may have missed, but this book worked fine as a standalone. Sigrid has to go from Norway to upstate New York to try to find her brother Marcus, who disappeared after the violent death of his girlfriend Lydia. Lydia was ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
American By Day is the second novel by award winning American-born author Derek B. Miller which features Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård of the Oslo Politi. Sigrid first appears in Miller’s debut novel, Norwegian By Night (another excellent read!). Readers with any intention of reading Norwegian By Night are strongly advised to do so before reading this one as there are significant spoilers for NbN in American By Day.

Paternal pressures and concerns see Sigrid Ødegård travelling to upstate New Yor
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following the absolutely stunning Norwegian By Night which has been a stalwart recommend of mine as a bookseller, it was with some degree of excitement that I greeted the arrival of American By Day. Instead of keeping you in suspense as to my reaction to this book, I will quickly say that it has already claimed a position in my top reads of the year so far, and here’s why…

This book reunites us with Norwegian police chief inspector Sigrid Odegard, who finds herself on a journey, both professional
Mary Lins
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complete
I absolutely loved Derek B. Miller's, "Norwegian by Night" and "Girl in Green", so I leapt at the chance to read his latest novel, "American by Day"! Miller's gift for creating compelling and sympathetic (yet human and imperfect) characters, his wit, his flair for dialogue, and his ability to construct a propulsive mystery plot are all on display here.

I highly recommend reading "Norwegian by Night" first, because this novel spotlights Sigrid Ødegård, an Oslo police detective who is featured heav
switterbug (Betsey)
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I still have one more Derek B. Miller book to read—the one that preceded this one, NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT, featuring forty year-old section chief Sigrid Ødegård of the Oslo police department. Both novels take place in 2008, but of crimes that are entirely different. Miller’s last novel, THE GIRL IN GREEN, was one of my favorites of 2017, as he transports us to the Middle East during wartime 1991 and then 22 years later, focusing more on the perception, influence, and insanity (and sometimes inanity) ...more
Bonnie Brody
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful novel opens in Norway as Sigrid returns to visit her father, Morten, who runs a small farm. Her father shares his concerns about Sigrid's brother Marcus, who has been in the United States for many years. He suffered greatly as a child when his mother died and appeared to pull far away from his father and even Sigrid, with whom he'd once been very close. Marcus had been writing to Morten but the letters stopped and the last letter was puzzling and of deep concern. The final sentenc ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Scandi cop and the cowboy-booted sheriff.

This is the follow-up story to Derek B. Miller’s wondrous debut Norwegian by Night which should be read first to gain maximum enjoyment from this one.

Sigrid Ødegård is an efficient 40-year old Norwegian cop on extended leave from her senior post after a police operation ended in debacle. Her older brother Marcus, a depressive, has lived in upstate New York for many years. When Marcus’s letters dry up, their long-widowed father is so concerned that he
Sid Nuncius
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought American By Day was very good in the end. It is very well written, witty, engaging and thoughtful.

Be warned that this is the sequel to Norwegian By Night and the first 50 pages or so form a very extensive spoiler, so I'd recommend reading Norwegian By Night first. In fact, I found the opening rather a struggle, with a lot of slightly unconvincing recapping and scene-setting. However, when the protagonist Sigrid arrives in the USA from Norway to find out what has happened to her brother
Berit Lundqvist
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Four and a half stars.

Norwegian detective Sigrid Ødegaard travels to upstate New York to find her missing brother, Marcus, who is suspected of killing his girlfriend. The local police is convinced that Marcus is guilty.

Working with – and sometimes against – the very unconventional local sheriff, she sets out to track down Marcus.

Let’s start with the good stuff:

I loved this book. It’s partly funny, clever and thought-provoking, and it really exposes the differences between the Norwegian and the U
❤Marie Gentilcore
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, e-book, series
What I enjoyed most about this book was seeing the USA from foreign eyes. In this story, Norwegian police chief inspector Sigrid Odegard leaves Norway and comes to upstate New York to find her brother who has been living here for many years and is a person of interest in his girlfriend’s death. The story had humor, suspense, drama, and likeable characters. This is book 2 in the Sigrid Odegard series so now I need to read book 1 which is titled Norwegian by Night.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I realised that this book was a sequel only after I finished reading the book and sat down to write this review! My interest is totally piqued in Norwegian by Night now.

American by Day (supposedly) starts off where Norwegian by Night ends. Sigrid Ødegård, is a top cop in the Norwegian Police Department. Still recovering from her encounter with a criminal (Norwegian by Night follows the life of this criminal), her father requests her to go to America. Go to America to find out if her elder brothe
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Norwegian by Night and liked the opportunity to follow Chief Inspector Sigrid Odegard leaves Norway (where she has taken a leave of absence following the end of the first book) at the request of her father to find her brother Marcus who has dropped out of sight. She has already decided America is "weird" and her experiences here only reinforce that judgment.

Half-allying and half-opponent Sheriff Irving and Sigrid pair up as an unlikely duo to disco
Kasa Cotugno
Norwegian by Night, read five years ago, still resonates in my mind. Hanging on the framework of a truly original storyline, Derek Miller focused on the subject of war and its consequences on succeeding generations, employing four different wars in the narrative. In American by Day, he follows that model, this time with an examination of racism. Folded into the fabric of this engrossing narrative are issues of memory, redemption, lives constructed of misunderstanding, and deepfelt love, but the ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Norwegian police officer, on leave following her involvement in a shooting, travels to the United States to find her brother who has disappeared in upstate New York. He is wanted by the local police for questioning when his African American girlfriend plunges to her death shortly after a jury exonerates the white police officer who shot and killed her nephew while he was playing with friends.

I really enjoyed this book. Miller’s biting observations of American life, its excesses and quirks, al
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
American by Day is an exceptional novel that also has elements of a mystery. That’s the best way I can put it. This is not a book you can easily categorize or create simple expectations for. Miller takes on serious topics, yet keeps it light with his smart writing and wit.

Thank you to NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Derek B. Miller for the copy of this book to review.

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Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 I love Derek Miller's writing--so deep and witty, and sometimes funny. I love his characters, too. Norwegian by Night by Mr. Miller is one of the best books I've ever read. This is a thought-filled novel taking a look at our country's persona through the eyes of a Norwegian as the plot unfolds. Lots of food for thought. At times, the philosophy became a little tiresome, but still this is an excellent read.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
Just what I like the best:

-philosophical mystery
-taciturn detective
-actually good female characters
-a look into another world (Norway...and upstate NY)
-an excuse to critique societal issues, in this case police violence against brown people
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Derek B. Miller is an American novelist and international policy specialist.

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