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November Road

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,046 Ratings  ·  425 Reviews
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 Orlea
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by William Morrow
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Will Byrnes
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“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 screwed up somewhere.
November Road is a page-flipping, compulsive read that will pull you in and hold on until it lets your lapels go and you fall to the floor in a heap, checking for damage.

Frank Guidry’s got it made. A lean thirty-seven-year-old New Orleans native, he is a sharp dresser, with olive skin, green
Larry H
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 brood about it, just how badly fucked he was."

Frank Guidry has always been a loyal foot soldier to Carlos Marcello, the mob boss of New Orleans. Carlos, and his lieutenant-of-sorts, Seraphine, have always been able to count on Frank for whatever needed to be done. And Frank has reaped the benefits—he'
James Thane
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 favorite books of the last few years. Consequently, I’ve been very anxious to finally get my hands on his new book, November Road, which was released last week, and which has gotten rave notices in advance of the publication date. Simply put, the wait was more than worth it. November Road is a great novel and, ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
"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 it a coincidence or was the car part of the assassination plan? Now Frank has been asked to get rid of the car. Is this a set up or a means to an end? Either way, Frank knows too much about the crime and is expendable. As those with any knowledge of the assassination begin to disappear, it becomes obvi
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 there were enough regular fiction elements to the story so it didn't feel like it was guns and violence the entire time. Adding in a story line about a mother with two young daughters really gave the book a nice balance.

Frank Guidry is a street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello. Whe
Elyse Walters
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 with a mobster on the run. ( he knows too much about the JFK assassination)

Even though this is a conspiracy JFK story - with fascinating plausible speculations -I felt that the conspiracy was more a backstory to a love story, ( not mushy)..... and a general nostalgia of stepping back in time. I can
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
”Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
Just a jackknife has old MacHeath, babe
And he keeps it, ah, out of sight
Ya know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves, oh, wears old MacHeath, babe
So there's never, never a trace of red

“Now on the sidewalk, huh, huh, whoo sunny morning, un huh
Lies a body just oozin' life, eek
And someone's sneakin' 'round the corner
Could that someone be Mack the Knife?”

--Mack the Knife, Bobby Da
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Favorite Quotes:

What if someone happened to come round that corner right now and caught them skulking? Trouble in this business had a way of spreading, just like a cold or the clap. Guidry knew you could catch it from the wrong handshake, an unlucky glance.

The only poor decision was a decision you allowed someone else to make for you.

Charlotte longed to live in a place where it wasn’t so hard to tell the past from the future.

Her favorite movie, as a child, had been The Wizard of Oz, her favorit
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, can this guy tell a story. He has the tension pulled perfectly throughout the length too. Presently (2018) that is as rare as a smokeless room at the old Dunes or Stardust circa the 1960's.

Is it a perfect 5? Really, I don't think it is. But it's a 4.5 star I'll round up for pure adventure quotient, posits of opposites, and also supreme era exactness. And the entertainment factor is not shabby either. This was a book I couldn't leave. And it embedded the reader into intrigue nearly immediat
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What drew me to November Road is that it's set in the days on and following the assassination of JFK, and I'm drawn to books with anything related to the Kennedys. While this book didn't focus on what happened that fateful day in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the murder of JFK is the trigger for events that lead two people from completely different walks of life to leave their existing lives and go on the run for the chance at a brand new life.

Frank Guidry is a handsome ladies man who is high up
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Career criminal Frank Guidry is sent to Dallas to retrieve a getaway car that was to play a part in the assassination of President Kennedy. The car wasn’t used, so Frank is tasked with retrieving it from the scene of the crime and dumping it into the ocean so that a link cannot be established back to Frank’s boss, Carlos. Fearing he may be killed following the disposal of the vehicle, Frank heads west for Las Vegas, looking to Carlos’ rival for help leaving the country.

Charlotte Roy is fed up wi
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by AJ Finn

Plot, setting, and character. It’s a simple three-ingredient recipe—you might call it Satisfying Novel Surprise—yet many (even most!) authors tend to skimp on one or another … or all three. Few works of fiction, in my experience, spin a gripping story and drench it in atmosphere and people it with a relatable, three-dimensional cast. Fewer still do so in perfect proportion.

But Lou Berney’s November Road is no ordinary work of fiction. November, 1963: The country is roiling
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
After Kennedy is assassinated in 1963, anyone who could connect New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello with the assassination must be eliminated. Frank Guidry is a fixer for Marcello and he is one of those people who must die, so he goes on the run, headed to Las Vegas. Along the way he picks up Charlotte Roy, a runaway wife from Oklahoma, her two young daughters and their epileptic dog. He hopes that they can pose as a family in order to hide his identity. Paul Barone is the killer dispatched by ...more
Dan Radovich
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Berney novel, and if his earlier works stand up to this one, DAMN I have been missing some quality writing. The dawn of a new era is beginning as Berney's tale starts. JFK has just been assassinated and Frank Guidry is sent from New Orleans to Dallas to pick up a car that was to be used in the getaway. He knows he will not make it back to The Big Easy alive. While he heads West to escape to Las Vegas, he meets Charlotte and her two kids who are stranded at a small hotel in New M ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First Sentence: Behold!

Frank Guidry of New Orleans is a fixer, a loyal lieutenant to mob boss Carlos Marcello. But loyalty isn't always a two-way street. When Guidry realizes just how dispensable he is, he takes off for Las Vegas running to someone who just might be able to save him. Charlotte is a woman with a dream but is stuck in Oklahoma. Taking her daughters and their dog, Charlotte runs away from Oklahoma to Los Angeles hoping to realize her dream. She didn't plan on meeting Frank along t
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I generally don’t read a ton of historical fiction novels that have a mystery at the forefront, but like so many others I’ve always been fascinated by the Kennedy family so this one captured my attention immediately. I’m also enamored with the sixties and having the assassination of JFK as the catalyst for events in the characters lives was so interesting for me.

This switches back and forth from Frank and Charlotte’s point of view as they both escape demons in their lives and is such a classic g
Richard Derus
Real Rating: 3.5* of five

An interesting ride with an ending I was sort of hoping wouldn't be the ending. In fact, the reason this book didn't get a higher star than it did is that I was expecting everything that happened to happen. I got one actual pulse-pounding moment of suspense early in the book. I was absolutely sure the twist at the end of 1963 was going to happen, and the 2003 section (Epilogue) was *precisely* the ending I was expecting.

I was, in short, unsurprised by the story but I was
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"'With every decision we create a new future,' Leo said.  'We destroy all other futures.'" *

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed the course of American history and most everyone alive on November 22, 1963 can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.

There have been countless conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy's death and the events that took place on that day in downtown Dallas, Texas will forever be shrouded in mystery in the mind
Kasa Cotugno
There are only a handful of seminal events that, decades later, really until the end of one's days, one can remember with piercing acuity where they were when it happened -- the assassination of John F. Kennedy was such an event. Not a person in my generation can forget the searing affect November 23 and the succeeding days had on them. It formed a demarcation which, as with 9/11 later on, forged indelibly a "before" and "after." To many there remain questions which will never be answered, and w ...more
Renee (
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ever since reading and loving The Long and Faraway Gone (My Review), I've been waiting on Lou Berney's next book. I'll come right out and tell you, this book was terrific and did not disappoint. I love that it was set in the time period of the 1960s, especially with the Kennedy Assassination as a backdrop. The way Berney writes, you just feel you're there. The story begins in New Orleans with Frank Guindry, a handsome, shady, arrogant street lieutenant for mob boss Carlos Marcello. Frank has ass ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, historical
Frank Guidry is a street lieutenant for New Orleans’ mob boss, Carlos Marcello. Frank performs a simple task in Dallas, but quickly realizes he has been inadvertently drawn into the Kennedy assassination when others start disappearing so he goes on the run. But, Frank is no fool: he knows that dead men tell no tales. A stone cold killer named Barone is on his trail and will not be deterred until Frank takes his last breath.

Meanwhile, in the small town of Winslow, Oklahoma, Charlotte decides to l
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book from the first page to the last. It starts with the assassination of JFK and then follows Frank Guidry, a man who works for the mob and realises that he has unwittingly played a part in the assassination. The mob want to leave no witnesses and Frank must out manoeuvre them to stay alive. Into his life comes Charlotte and her two daughters who are making their way to LA.
Its a wonderful read with the 60's captured beautifully, a story of connections and possibilities a
Oct 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
'cuz will said so.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
"With every decision we create a new future, Leo said. "We destroy all other futures."

An important statement and one that will stay routed within the pages of this thrilling, cat and mouse chase within an organization known as, The Mob.

It's a heart-pounding, deeply atmospheric read that will hook you from the start. It's riveting, raw and sharp in its delivery.

Berney has created a face-paced, spine-chiller of a story based in and around The Kennedy Assassination in 1963 with sprinkles of life i
David Putnam
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read. I would not pass this one up. It is going to be an Edgar Award contender. This one's going in my top ten for the year.
I tried to read Berney's last two books even gave one of them three shots at it because it won every award out there and for some reason I just couldn't drop into it.
This book is set in 1963 and starts out in New Orleans and moves across the country. When the book opens the main character does something despicable, a big risk for an author but Berney pulls it off bea
Hayley Stenger
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I chose this book as a botm pick and was excited to read it, but I found it disappointing. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it did not have the JFK tie, I felt that was unnecessary and it could have been written without it. I also thought several characters were randomly introduced and taken out without explanation or backstory. Ultimately, I was disappointed with the novel.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Parachuting straight into my top three reads of the year is this little beauty from Lou Berney, one of the most engaging and sensitively written books it’s been my pleasure to read of late. Championed by the mighty Don Winslow among others, and with an irresistible premise, this was more than reason enough for me to seek out November Road…
As the book is so bound up with the Kennedy assassination, and the violent ramifications for the small group of individuals who enabled it to happen, Berney’s
Tom Swift
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great read. I was hooked right from the start. A mob fixer is on the run after the JFK assassination. Who can he trust? My first book from the author, I look forward to another one.
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
Loved it,highly recommend.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher, William Morrow, for the advanced reader edition. I always give an honest review regardless of how I got the book - purchase, library, friend or publisher.

I have not previously read any books by LOU BERNEY nor had I even heard his name before. I am really happy to have now read this terrific noir mystery, NOVEMBER ROAD. In the notes I took while reading it, these comparisons came to my mind - Raymond Chandler, Sam Spade, Boston Blackie, Maltese Falcon and other good write
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Lou Berney is the Edgar Award-winning author of November Road (coming October 2018 from William Morrow), The Long and Faraway Gone (2015), Whiplash River (2012), and Gutshot Straight (2010). His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, the New England Review, and the Pushcart Prize anthology.
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