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Sheldon Horowitz is back.

Twilight Crimes is my fourth novel, and is a prequel to NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT featuring Sheldon as a boy and young man between 1937 and 1947. Below you can follow my progress as it moves from concept to published novel in 2020. Newest information is at the top. Thanks for your interest.

24 June, 2019. I'm in Cape Cod in Massachusetts editing the book; word by word, line by line. I continue to read and take notes to flush out and improve particular passages. This is a period of intense concentration as I need to hold the entire novel in my head to ensure a continuity of story and tone and express its own (unique) dramatic movement. No formula's being followed here …

6 June, 2019. There is a complete draft. Coming in at 110,000 words, I now begin the process of line-by-line editing starting at the beginning. I always keep in mind a statement by RUSH's drummer, Neill Peart. While talking about their 1981 album Moving Pictures, he said (in a documentary), "we nailed it, learning how to be seamlessly complex and to compact a large arrangement into a concise statement." That concept produced Tom Sawyer, Lime Light, and YYZ among other songs. That's my target when I edit; that and a brilliant story.

29 May, 2019. The end of the story is in sight. I can see it on the horizon. 

14 May, 2019. Sub-Zero: The Origins of Sheldon Horowitz (2003, unpublished manuscript chapter) is uploaded to Soundcloud. This is the unpublished chapter from 2003 where Sheldon first appears. (

7 May, 2019. Parts I and II (of three) completed. What is now the first chapter is being re-assigned as a prologue. Plans are made to visit the Catskill mountains in July, 2019 for research.

May 3rd, 2019: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announces the book in Publishers Weekly: Derek Miller's TWILIGHT CRIMES, a prequel to Norwegian by Night, about a young boy's creative struggle for justice after his parent's death in 1938, hurling him into a tragic-comic adventure of self-discovery and vengeance through the Colt Armory in Hartford, the Borscht Belt of the Catskills, and the immigrant streets of New York, again to Lauren Wein at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, by PJ Mark at Janklow & Nesbit on behalf of Rebecca Carter of Janklow & Nesbit (NA).

April, 2019: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (publisher of Norwegian by Night) makes an offer on Twilight Crimes (manuscript unfinished). The discussion about the title takes one round of emails because we all love it.