"I’m asking, if the world is a broken thing by design, and we are participants in the re-creation of it, what do you do?"
"So as an effort to grow as a writer, I promoted Sheldon because he was bold and opinionated and had a rich story of his own."
"People talk about finding God during moments of terror. I find God during moments of comedy."
Nordic crime fiction’s new star, a 42-year-old American, has an interesting take on what makes for entertainment. (2013)
"I think humanity is at its most absurd in its darkest moments, and the capacity to see it as absurd - rather than more real - is our great hope in keeping our humanity."
"Has the brains of a literary novel and the body of a thriller.” —New York Times
“Norwegian by Night has all the ingredients of a top-notch thriller, but it's the superb characterization of the protagonist that fuels true suspense. Funny and moving as well as thoroughly gripping, this is crime fiction of the highest order.”
—Laura Wilson, The Guardian (UK)
"Norwegian by Night may just be the Australian publishing coup of the decade, for this is a very powerful novel indeed, and Sheldon Horowitz is an absolutely unforgettable hero … a novel that will last and, soon enough, will be added to that canon of those finer works that transcend mere genre." — The Sunday Tasmanian
The Girl in Green "is page-turning adventure and humor overlaid on bungling bureaucracy and the sorrows of war. It’s up there with 'Catch-22' … [and] In Arwood Hobbes, Mr. Miller beautifully captures the sardonic language of the American grunt. The novel is a superb example of Wavy Gravy’s comment in the aftermath of a disaster, that, 'Without a sense of humor, it just isn’t funny.'"
— Karl Marlantes, Wall Street Journal
"A modern masterpiece, The Girl in Green taps into the same satirical vein as Joseph Heller’s war classic, Catch-22... Miller... is well qualified to explore the tangled political, bureaucratic, cultural and religious issues at play in the Middle East. His tongue-in-cheek candor brings much-needed levity to the proceedings, making the difficult subject matter relatable and engaging. Bursting with humanity and humor, The Girl in Green is heartbreaking and hopeful in equal measures, delivering nail-biting suspense while bringing readers into the heart of the conflict in Iraq.”—BookPage
“As daring in execution as imagination, this adventure tale crackles with heart, charm and dark honesty…[His] style is an all-terrain vehicle...In Arwood and Benton, readers will see the kind of big personalities that carry movie franchises...A word of advice: buy The Girl in Green rather than borrow it.”
"[An] outstanding crime novel...Leavened throughout with Miller’s wry reflections on Norway’s 'chronic sense of discontentment,' this incandescent exposé of European and American mores profoundly entertains and provokes disturbing questions about personal and societal values.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred and Boxed Review
"If Tocqueville had written a police thriller, it might look something like this engrossing and wryly humorous but also deeply serious work. [American by Day is] for fans of Miller and his previous works (e.g., The Girl in Green), which were deservedly acclaimed.” —Library Journal, Starred Review
"A superb novel on all levels...Miller is a classy satirist of American mores.”
—Marcel Berlins, The Times (UK)
"It’s one of the most captivating epics I’ve read in ages, evoking a convincing sense of fragile social structure reminiscent of China Miéville at his best, in combination with a philosophical underpinning that lends real weight to the stakes. It reads like Mad Max as imagined by Neal Stephenson. It’s luxuriantly immersive, truly transporting in a way that is invaluable during these trying times.” Novelist Christopher Brookmyre.
“If, like me, you loved Derek B. Miller’s Norwegian by Night and American by Day, dive straight into Radio Life, It’s a post-apocalyptic exploration of how we rebuild, but much more than that, it’s a gripping, celver, frightening, funny adventure. Trust me, it’s a good one.”
Novelist Val McDermid.
“In a novel that manages to be both searing and funny, Derek Miller’s characters slalom through the underside of pre-war city life, through breathtaking U-boat battles, and into the Borscht Belt at its most fraught hour, when the Jewish world teeters on the abyss. With Miller's signature blend of humor and questions that make you sit up straight and reconsider, HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK puts a finger on the paradox of Jewish comedy.” —Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink
“For me—as I’m certain it will be for every reader of the wonderful Norwegian By Night—Derek B. Miller’s new novel is a genuine literary event (Sheldon Horowitz is back!). Miller has long deserved to be a household name. HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK should finally make him one. —Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls and Chances Are...
"[Miller’s] character portraits are indelible, often heartbreaking. At times this novel moved me to tears, the highest possible compliment.”
—New York Times Book Review