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American by Day

(Sigrid Ødegård #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  3,288 ratings  ·  583 reviews
“Ingenious. Humorous. Wonderful.”—Lee Child

 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Mariner Books
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Richard (on hiatus)
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers-us
‘America is weird’
So says Sigrid Ødegård, a forty something, Norwegian police chief going through a hard time, and watching too many American tv shows.
After a traumatic shooting incident that left an immigrant dead, Sigrid is taking time off to get her head together.
During a short visit with her eccentric father she is told that her brother, now a college lecturer in America, has gone missing. Her father has bought her a plane ticket and persuades her to go find him.
So begins an unusual odyssey
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
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
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I had enjoyed Norwegian by Night, so I was curious to see how the second in the series would go, given a different main character. Sigrid Odegard was more of a secondary character in the first book, but here she takes center stage.
The book was a little slow to start. But once Sigrid reaches America and meets Irv and Melinda, Miller’s dry wit starts to shine through. It was interesting to see America through the eyes of an outsider. The things we take for granted are viewed with fresh eyes. And
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Paromjit wrote an outstanding, succinct review of this that I can't surpass or even equal, so please read it if you're interested in this outstanding police procedural mystery. I believe it really sums up the attitude of Americans and our society very well. This Norwegian writer knows his stuff; this is a good mystery with complex characters and a complex situation. Sigrid is a police detective from Norway who is looking for her brother, Marcus. He has gone missing in the Adirondacks and is thou ...more
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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
[3.5] I like the premise of this novel - a look at American culture and racism through the eyes of a Norwegian detective who comes to the US to find her brother. I was engaged and it was easy to keep turning the pages. However, the framework of the novel - Sigrid's brother's motivations and their family history just didn't add up for me. ...more
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
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
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers

Book 2 in the Sigrid Ødegård series published 2018.

Let’s get this out of the way first.
This was an exceptional reading experience.
But what kind of book was it?
Is it a mystery? For sure it most certainly is.
But there’s a lot more going on here than a just straight forward mystery.
What the author Derek B. Miller does is have bloody good crack at dissecting the American national psyche.

When Chief Inspector, of the Norwegian Police, Sigrid Ødegård gets a phone call from her father telling her that
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
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
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 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
Alex Cantone
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, thriller
“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
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
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 Yo
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
That’s Sigrid’s power. The power of a normal person telling you that you’ve lost your mind. (p. 339)

Sigrid Ødegård, a police chief in Oslo, is sent to the US by her father to find her brother, who disappeared after his girlfriend died. It's unclear whether her death was murder or suicide.

The plot is more complicated than this, however. Marcus is a white Norwegian. His girlfriend, Dr. Lydia Jones, is African American and studied the politics of race and the history of identity politics. Her 12-y
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another very entertaining book from Derek B. Miller. I am particularly happy that I was able to read this second book including "Sigrid O from Oslo" so soon after having read the excellent first book Norwegian by Night. There is much to like here as Sigrid is having trouble accepting that her last venture required killing someone and she decides to basically walk out, taking leave of her job. She starts with a visit to her father who convinces her she must go to America to find her broth ...more
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
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
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this as much as the first but the effort of the author cant be ignored. At times I felt lectured to about race in America but the struggle was real and both sides struggled to show the nuances and what is good and evil and what is reality and not. And thoughts of fixing and fears. At times I found Sigred really annoying and self righteous. At times I felt Marcus was a lot of trouble (though I understood better by the end). I liked the perspective of the philosopher sheriff and was ...more
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Derek B. Miller is an American novelist, political scientist (Ph.D), and windmill jouster (not by choice).

He is the author of Norwegian by Night, The Girl in Green, American by Day, Radio Life, Quiet Time, and How to Find Your Way in the Dark. He is repped by Rebecca Carter at Janklow and Nesbit and also PJ Mark. Film/TV queries go to Jason Rickman at UTA.

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