November Road

November Road Review

Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America—a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone.

Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out.

A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn—he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects he’s next: he was in Dallas on an errand for the boss less than two weeks before the president was shot. With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas, to see an old associate—a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish.

Guidry knows that the first rule of running is "don’t stop," but when he sees a beautiful housewife on the side of the road with a broken-down car, two little daughters and a dog in the back seat, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his tail. Posing as an insurance man, Guidry offers to help Charlotte reach her destination, California. If she accompanies him to Vegas, he can help her get a new car.

For her, it’s more than a car— it’s an escape. She’s on the run too, from a stifling existence in small-town Oklahoma and a kindly husband who’s a hopeless drunk.

It’s an American story: two strangers meet to share the open road west, a dream, a hope—and find each other on the way.

Charlotte sees that he’s strong and kind; Guidry discovers that she’s smart and funny. He learns that’s she determined to give herself and her kids a new life; she can’t know that he’s desperate to leave his old one behind.

Another rule—fugitives shouldn’t fall in love, especially with each other. A road isn’t just a road, it’s a trail, and Guidry’s ruthless and relentless hunters are closing in on him. But now Guidry doesn’t want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time.

Everyone’s expendable, or they should be, but now Guidry just can’t throw away the woman he’s come to love.

And it might get them both killed.

Title:November Road
Edition Language:English

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  • Will Byrnes

    “With every decision we create a new future,” Leo said. “We destroy all other futures.” ---------------------------------------- If it’s a fair fight, Barone learned early on, you’ve scr...

  • Julie

    November Road by Lou Berney is a 2018 William Morrow publication. A stylish piece of historical crime fiction-1963-Carlos Marcello the head of a large New Orleans crime syndicate is behind the assassi...

  • Susanne Strong

    5 Astounding Stars. Oh My.. What a Tale! Masterful and Mesmerizing! Frank Guidry is a lieutenant to Carlos Marcello, the NOLA mob boss. When he dropped of a ‘59 Cadillac Eldorado in a parking garage...

  • James Thane

    I’ve long been a huge fan of Lou Berney’s novels, especially The Long and Faraway Gone, which won an Edgar in 2016, along with several other prestigious awards, and which remains one of my favorit...

  • Larry H

    Yes, it certainly was!!"Guidry had always taken a simple approach to life: live it loose and easy, let it roll off and over you. Well, easier said than done these days. But he couldn't let himself br...

  • Debra

    "Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out."Frank Guidry is a loyal lieutenant in the New Orleans mob who dropped off a car very near to where President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. Was i...

  • Liz

    I always have a little internal debate going on about whether a particular book works better or worse as an audiobook. Well, I know I would have liked November Road whether I read it or listened to it...

  • Katie B

    I love historical fiction but I wasn't entirely sure if a thriller style plot about JFK's assassination was going to be my thing. I'm pretty picky when it comes to choosing thrillers but thankfully th...

  • Elyse Walters

    The cumulation of this story takes place in Texas- November 1963 - when a distraught housewife from her deadbeat drunk husband- her two daughters & their epileptic dog take to the road and connect wit...

  • Kemper

    If someone offered me the choice between taking a long road trip with a couple of kids or being murdered by the mob, I’d have to really think it over.It’s November 1963, and Frank Guidry is living...