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  • Published: 19 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473552616
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

American By Day

Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award

A thrilling race-against-time crime, a personal journey through grief and a meditation on the world in which we live, American By Day shows Derek B Miller (author of Norwegian By Night) to be one of the most imaginative and entertaining writers working today.

'A superb novel on all levels . . . Miller is a classy satirist of American mores.' The Times
'Not to be missed . . . A subtle crime story peopled with beautifully drawn characters.' Daily Mail

Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2019

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 actually go there; to that land across the Atlantic where her missing brother is implicated in the mysterious death of a prominent African-American academic.


And not someplace interesting, either: upstate New York.

Plunged into a United States where race and identity, politics and promise, reverberate in every aspect of daily life. To find her older brother, she needs the help of the local police who appear to have already made up their minds about the case. Working with - or, if necessary, against - someone actually named Sheriff Irving 'Irv' Wylie, she must negotiate the local political minefields and navigate the back woods of the Adirondacks to uncover the truth before it's too late...

What readers are saying:

***** 'American by Day is a treat - intelligent, melancholy, a fast-moving crime thriller with a witty look at small-town USA through Scandinavian eyes.'
***** 'The writing is intelligent and assured and the characterisation a delight. It is both serious and consistently wry.'
***** 'Witty, sharp and on point . . . both delights and captivates.'

  • Published: 19 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473552616
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the author

Derek B. Miller

Derek B. Miller's acclaimed debut novel Norwegian by Night won the CWA John Creasey Award for Best First Novel in 2013. A native of New England, Miller is the director of The Policy Lab and has worked in International Affairs with the UN, governments and think tanks for the past twenty years. His second novel, The Girl in Green, was recently shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year 2017.
He lives in Oslo with his wife and children

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Praise for American By Day

American By Day is a terrific book - a high-class thriller with a neat Norwegian twist. You won't forget Sigrid, an Oslo detective on a mission in upstate New York; her outsider's take on American society gives this page-turner a unique and compelling sensibility.

Erica Wagner

Sure Derek Miller's novels are smart and full of heart and savvy and hilarious, but even more than all of this, he's fun. He's as dedicated as any writer I know to the proposition that readers should enjoy themselves, should delight in the experience of life and language. If our hearts get broken along the way, so much the better.

Richard Russo, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Derek B Miller writes the kind of crime fiction the world needs right now. Principled, but not afraid to get down and dirty - and shot through with some of the sharpest humour you're likely to find.

Joseph Knox, bestselling author of Sirens

Not to be missed...A subtle crime story peopled with beautifully drawn characters

Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

A superb novel on all levels...Miller is a classy satirist of American mores

Marcel Berlins, The Times

Engaging characters, a cracking plot and some interesting insights


A witty and intelligent fish-out-of-water tale


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