The author is a career international diplomat and adviser whose first novel, Norwegian by Night, was a brilliant literary thriller set in Scandinavia, with a young boy and his grandpa on the run from a gang of thugs. Miller relies again on his experience and Middle East PhD work to set his new highly engaging novel in Syria, “a suspenseful, character-driven and eerily prescient moral thriller.” Miller is one of few writers whose work well may draw comparison to John LeCarre.— From Richard's 2017 Picks
“A modern masterpiece.” — BookPage
Finalist for the CWA Gold Dagger Award, “Best Crime Novel of the Year”
“As daring in execution as imagination, this adventure tale crackles with heart, charm and dark honesty.” — Shelf Awareness
“Not to be missed, this is a compelling combination of literate storytelling and action-packed thriller laced with humor.” — Library Journal, starred review
1991. One hundred miles from the Kuwaiti border, Thomas Benton meets Arwood Hobbes. Benton is a British journalist who is starting an ambitious career reporting from war zones, resulting in the estrangement of his wife and daughter; Arwood is a naive small-town American private bored out of his skull waiting for something—anything—to happen. Desert Storm is over, peace has been declared, but as they argue about whether it makes sense to cross the nearest border in search of an ice cream, they become embroiled in a horrific attack in which a young local girl in a green dress is killed as they are trying to protect her. The two men walk away into their respective lives. But something has cracked for them both.
Twenty-two years later, in another place, in another war, they meet again as changed men. Time, politics, or maybe fate is now offering an unlikely opportunity to redeem themselves when that same girl in green is found alive and in need of salvation. Or is she?
“Written with Miller’s incisive wit, intelligence, compassion and authenticity, this is a novel from a writer fast becoming a master of his craft.” — Evening Post (UK)
“Swift, gripping, and mined with surprises.” — David Shafer, author of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
About the Author
DEREK B. MILLER has worked on international peace and security for think tanks, diplomatic missions, and the United Nations. His first novel, Norwegian by Night, was an Indies Choice Honor Book, an Economist Best Book of 2013, and a winner of the CWA’s John Creasey Dagger Award. His second novel, The Girl in Green, was published in 2017. Born and raised in Boston, Miller has lived abroad for more than fifteen years, in Norway, Switzerland, Britain, Israel, and Hungary. He now lives in Oslo, Norway, with his wife and two children.