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American By Day

– tekijä: Derek B. Miller

Muut tekijät: Katso muut tekijät -osio.

Sarjat: Sigrid Ødegård (2)

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"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 ... Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård could be basking in the success of her recent mission to save an innocent child who'd gone missing in Oslo, but instead she is reeling from the deadly showdown that preceded that success. She has decided to take some time off from her job and visit her father at the family farm, where she hopes to relax and consider the implications of her role in recent events. Unfortunately her father has other plans for her. "You're going to America," he tells her. Why? To look for her older brother, Marcus. He's missing. And more than that, it seems his disappearance is connected in some way to the death of a woman he loved--an African-American professor named Lydia Jones. A connection now being investigated by a certain Sheriff Irving Wylie ... Like Norwegian by Night, which had "the brains of a literary novel and the body of a thriller" (New York Times), American by Day is both thought-provoking and suspenseful. Through the eyes of the inimitable Inspector Ødegård, Derek Miller offers a refreshingly funny, disturbing, and slyly perceptive vision of American life."--… (lisätietoja)
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Sequel to Norwegian by night. Not quite as good as the earlier book, but still an interesting story. ( )
  WilliamMcClain | Jun 9, 2020 |
Sie hat einen Menschen erschossen. Im Dienst und aus Notwehr, das hat sie schwarz auf weiß. Doch Chefinspektorin Sigrid Ødegård kommt über den Vorfall nicht hinweg. Denn in Norwegen schießt die Polizei nun mal keine Leute tot. Oslo ist nicht Amerika.
In Amerika sehen Polizisten anders aus. Manche, wie Sheriff Irv Wylie, tragen sogar Cowboyhut und Stiefel. Irv ist auf der Suche nach einem Mann, der seine Freundin umgebracht haben soll. Ein Europäer. Aus Norwegen. Und plötzlich hat Irv die Schwester des Flüchtigen am Hals. Will die Inspektorin aus Oslo Amtshilfe leisten? Oder Fluchthilfe?
  Fredo68 | May 26, 2020 |
"American By Day" would make a wonderful movie. It's entertaining, original and accessible. Like most wonderful movies it's underpinned by a serious intent to take a fresh look at difficult issues and a refusal simply to rearrange clichés into new patterns like turning a kaleidoscope.

"American By Day" is as easy and as amusing to read as a Carl Hiaasen novel but where Hiaasen is satisfied with using the eccentric to highlight the absurd, Derek Miller uses rational thought to challenge us to leave our pre-conceptions behind.

Set in 2008, the year of Obama's election, the book follows Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård, the Oslo police detective from Miller's wonderful "Norwegian By Night", to America in search of her missing brother.

At the end of "Norwegian By Night", Sigrid shot and killed a man who was running towards her, armed with a kitchen knife. At the beginning of "American By Day", Sigrid is officially cleared of any wrong-doing. This troubles her. She cannot let go of the idea that her assumptions and choices resulted in a young man's death. She wonders what assumptions and what choices would have to change in order for the young man not to die.

She returns to her father's farm to think about this. When her father tries to comfort her by saying he knows her well enough to know:

"...You wouldn’t have shot a man unless you thought it was necessary.”
she replies

"“Maybe I shouldn’t have thought it necessary. That’s the part the police department is ignoring.”
With these questions fresh in her mind, Sigrid finds herself dispatched to Upstate New York to search for her brother who has gone missing. She arrives to find herself in the middle of an investigation into the death by fenestration of her brother's girlfriend. Her brother is the main suspect.

As Sigrid tries to use a mix of rational analysis and deep cunning to prevent her brother being killed by the police searching for him, we are lead through an exploration of American policing and the why so many encounters between the police and black men end up with the black men dead.

It would be easy for a book dealing with these topics to become a list of competing dog-whistle positions in which no-one listens or learns. Derek Miller avoids this by doing three things: letting me look at America through the lens of a strong, intelligent Norwegian woman who is coming to terms with what she wants from life and what she's able to have; by creating a wonderful local Sheriff who is a truly original free-thinking, bible-quoting, cowboy boot-wearing man who wants to make things better and who acts as a foil for Sigrid's point of view and by using humour to keep the whole thing human. He knows that, without humour, the reality of life is inaccessible.

Through the discussion between Sigrid, the Sheriff and one of his Deputies, we are invited to see differently, to think differently and to act differently. It is argued that, if the results feel wrong yet the individual steps to that result feel right, then we are missing something. Perhaps we are failing to see something because we are blinded by our assumptions. Perhaps we are choosing not to see something because seeing it would force us to do something even if it's only admitting our own powerlessness or lack of courage.

Miller prevents this from being an abstract philosophical debate by keeping the questions and the consequences personal and immediate and by a careful and effective use of humour.to make the people in the story more human and to strip away the reader's ability to hide behind ideas so that we don't have to think about what we don't want to have to see.

Humour at its best helps us step back and see things differently, deflating pomposity, acknowledging the absurd and ruefully accepting our shared imperfections. Humour at it worst drives us towards hate, disparagement and a reinforcement of belief in the face of inconvenient facts. Both types of humour tell us a great deal about who we are and how we really relate to each other.

"American By Day" works as a standalone novel. It's funny, has an interesting mystery at its heart and deals with issues that are at the centre of American identity without being simplistic or pompous.

The language in "American By Day" is also a delight, in a quiet, unostentatious way. As I read the ebook, I found myself constantly stopping to highlight descriptions that snagged my attention like fragments of brightly coloured glass in the sunlight. Here's an example commenting on the library Sigrid's father built in his home when his wife died:

"After Astrid died he filled the void of words unspoken with the new silence of books unread."
Here's a how Sigrid thinks of the lone travellers she sees eating in a 24hour Diner in the early hours of the morning:

"They hunch over food that is making them sicker and older but tastes familiar and comforting and reminds them of happier times when they were not here."

Here's how Sigrid describes the impact of her mother's death on her five -year-old-self:

"The absence of her mother created a strangeness to the world, as if the palette of the sky had inexplicably shifted and the mind never became fully accepting of that new condition."
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants a new light on old problems or who enjoys a well-written, funny, sometimes outrageous, mystery.

Go to the link below for an interview with Derek Miller if you'd like to know more about him and how he writes.

https://themillions.com/2018/04/derek-b-miller-interview.html ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
This is an interesting novel, following on the wonderful "Norwegian By Night". Norwegian cop Sigrid Odegard goes to the US to find her brother, who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. What she finds and who she finds it with is an absorbing journey. The novel explores America's deepest issues -- race and "Americanness" -- which become entwined in the story. The characters are compelling and multidimensional, and at times very funny. At times, the discussion of what's peculiar about America can be distracting, but it is genuinely thought provoking. A good novel. ( )
  annbury | Jan 26, 2020 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this witty book about a female Norwegian cop who is sent to the United States (by her father) to find her brother. Unfortunately, he is wanted for questioning in the murder of an African-American college professor. She works with a trained theologian, aka the county sheriff, Irving Wylie, to find her brother before is located and shot down by a trigger-happy SWAT team. Sigrid is amazed by many police practices, police/community issues and and challenges Irving's approach to solving cases. I enjoyed the humor and intelligent observations on many contemporary issues in the U.S. and am looking forward to another entry in the series. Maybe Irving needs to follow a case to Norway.
  terran | Aug 30, 2019 |
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"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 ... Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård could be basking in the success of her recent mission to save an innocent child who'd gone missing in Oslo, but instead she is reeling from the deadly showdown that preceded that success. She has decided to take some time off from her job and visit her father at the family farm, where she hopes to relax and consider the implications of her role in recent events. Unfortunately her father has other plans for her. "You're going to America," he tells her. Why? To look for her older brother, Marcus. He's missing. And more than that, it seems his disappearance is connected in some way to the death of a woman he loved--an African-American professor named Lydia Jones. A connection now being investigated by a certain Sheriff Irving Wylie ... Like Norwegian by Night, which had "the brains of a literary novel and the body of a thriller" (New York Times), American by Day is both thought-provoking and suspenseful. Through the eyes of the inimitable Inspector Ødegård, Derek Miller offers a refreshingly funny, disturbing, and slyly perceptive vision of American life."--

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