just finished

There were a couple of draggy parts, mostly the flashbacks, but I thought it was quite good. There is some humor, some mystery, some thrilling parts, and the relationship between Sheldon and the boy he rescues is sweet. One of the interesting plot devices is the dementia question--Sheldon's wife had hinted that he suffers from it and Sheldon's story unfolds contradicting that notion. But does he?

From the publisher:
He will not admit it to Rhea and Lars - never, of course not - but Sheldon can't help but wonder what it is he's doing here..

Eighty-two years old, and recently widowed, Sheldon Horowitz has grudgingly moved to Oslo, with his grand-daughter and her Norwegian husband. An ex-Marine, he talks often to the ghosts of his past - the friends he lost in the Pacific and the son who followed him into the US Army, and to his death in Vietnam.

When Sheldon witnesses the murder of a woman in his apartment complex, he rescues her six-year-old son and decides to run. Pursued by both the Balkan gang responsible for the murder, and the Norwegian police, he has to rely on training from over half a century before to try and keep the boy safe. Against a strange and foreign landscape, this unlikely couple, who can't speak the same language, start to form a bond that may just save them both.

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