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American by Day

by Derek B. Miller

American by Day by Derek B. Miller X
American by Day by Derek B. Miller
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    Apr 2018, 352 pages
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    Apr 2, 2019, 352 pages

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Hoping for a little R&R on the family farm Miller's laconic Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård instead hies from Oslo to upstate New York in a search for her brother who appears to be a fugitive from local law enforcement.

In his latest crime novel, Derek B. Miller delivers what could have been a mosh pit style collision of cultures as a minuet — Norway versus America, Norwegian law enforcement philosophy versus American police practice, male versus female, white people versus people of color, religiosity versus secularism, and more. Thus, this is not a quick-read whodunnit but is, instead, a dance around the edges of a crime in three-quarter-time, paying due respect to the complexities of convention.

When forty-year-old Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård, one of Norway's top cops, comes to the United States in the summer of 2008 to look for her missing older brother Marcus, she's coming to a country in turmoil. The recent magnitude seven (or nine, depending on whom you ask) recession is pulling the financial rug out from under millions of Americans. It's a presidential ...

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