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The Girl in Green

The Girl in Green 1

by Derek Miller
Publication Date: 27/06/2016
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**Shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) 2017 Gold Dagger award for best crime novel of the year.**

British journalist Thomas Benton hasn't seen disgraced US army soldier Arwood Hobbes since they were both caught in Saddam Hussein's merciless suppression of rebels after Desert Storm.

It was in the Shia village of Samawah that a girl in a green dress was shot in the back and died in Arwood's arms. Twenty-two years later, a new coalition has left behind another post-war Iraq and another uncertain future.

The reason Arwood has called Benton, though, is not because of politics. It is because of a video - which went viral on the internet - of a mortar attack in Kurdistan that, astonishingly, may have killed the girl in green again.

Timely and telling - 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War and is election year in the US - The Girl in Green explores the troubled landscape of the Middle East, and the West's foreign-policy agenda, with all the wit, skill, and insight of Miller's acclaimed debut.

Thriller / suspense
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Derek Miller

Derek B. Miller is an American novelist and international policy specialist. He was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and has lived abroad since 1996 in Israel, England, Hungary, Switzerland, and Norway. His interest in fiction began a few years after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College.

Miller's debut novel, Norwegian by Night, won the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey "New Blood" Dagger, and was selected as a Book of the Year (2013) by The Economist, Financial Times and The Guardian among others.

He is also director of The Policy Lab and a senior fellow with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. He was educated in Geneva (Ph.D.), Oxford (Linacre College and St. Catz), Georgetown (MA) and Sarah Lawrence College (BA).

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  • exciting, insightful and entertaining: another bri

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    The Girl in Green is the second novel by American novelist and international policy specialist, Derek B. Miller. It’s late March 1991, and United States Army Private Arwood Hobbes is at the northern edge of Checkpoint Zulu, “maintaining a vigilant perimeter” in Iraq’s newly-brokered peace, when a British journalist from the Times wanders up.

    Thomas Benton is a seasoned war correspondent who’s after the story from a local perspective. With some encouragement from Arwood, he walks toward nearby Samawah, intent on interviews and ice cream. A surprise attack sees Hobbes and Benton trying to rescue a villager, “the girl in green”, but the situation somehow ends badly, leading to their removal from the area and an eventual “other-than-honourable” discharge for Hobbes.

    Fast forward twenty-two years, when a lingering feeling of guilt and a YouTube clip see Hobbes and Benton once again trying to rescue “the girl in green”. Is it human design or divine intervention that sees the original players of the drama and its aftermath gathered together again? Their mission is surely insane and bound to fail!

    As with Norwegian By Night, Miller gives the reader an original plot with plenty of action, a twist or two, and a thrilling climax. Generous doses of tension are relieved by the banter between the characters, which is often blackly funny. Miller’s characters are wholly believable and, for all their quirks and very human flaws, especially appealing.

    Miller’s considerable personal experience in both conflict zones and policy making is apparent on every page and he raises several thought provoking topics, including the intricate coordination and extensive diplomatic skills required in hostage negotiations, the crazy Catch 22 in the Department of Veteran Affairs that exists for veterans needing psychological counselling, the failure of foreign organisations to become familiar with the language, politics and customs of the countries they are purporting to aid, and the fate of national staff of NGOs when their employers withdraw due to escalating hostilities.

    Miller gives the reader a novel that is topical and highly relevant in today’s world. Fans of Norwegian By Night will not be disappointed with Miller’s latest literary foray and will be hoping for more from this talented author soon. The Girl in Green is exciting, insightful and entertaining: another brilliant read.