November Road by Lou Berney

November Road

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 ex...

Details November Road

TitleNovember Road
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews November Road

  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 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 t...
  • 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 lieute...
  • 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 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 gen...
  • Cheri
    ”Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dearAnd it shows them pearly whiteJust a jackknife has old MacHeath, babeAnd he keeps it, ah, out of sightYa know when that shark bites with his teeth, babeScarlet billows start to spreadFancy gloves, oh, wears old MacHeath, babeSo there's never, never a trace of red“Now on the sidewalk, huh, huh, whoo sunny morning, un huhLies a body just oozin' life, eekAnd someone's sneakin' 'round the cornerCould that...
  • DJ Sakata
    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...
  • Jeanette
    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...
  • Stephanie
    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.F...
  • Brandon
    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...
  • Faith
    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 ...
  • Dan Radovich
    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 t...
  • Amy
    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...
  • Richard Derus
    Real Rating: 3.5* of fiveAn 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...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    "'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, Te...
  • 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 re...
  • Linda
    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 beaut...
  • Renee (
    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 li...
  • Skip
    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 sma...
  • Denise
    "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 Kenn...
  • David Putnam
    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 ...
  • Hayley Stenger
    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.
  • Tom Swift
    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.
  • Jim
    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, B...
  • Bonnie Brody
    I have never been a big fan of conspiracy novels though I really like a good mystery or thriller. Thus, my relatively low review of this book should take into account my personal preferences. It just may not have been the right book for me.The novel starts out in 1963 New Orleans. President John F. Kennedy has just been murdered in Texas and most of the country is mourning this tragedy. Frank Guidry, a trusted member of the mob is enjoying himsel...
  • Ron S
    Book marketing/publishing/selling seems to be something becoming specialized and aggressive in this age of apps, tags, social media, algorithms and multiple formats, to a point of almost hysterical stridency. Every book has to be labelled and pitched as one thing or another: Women's Fiction, Mystery, Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Inspirational, Urban Christian etc.,. I don't see any value in rehashing the synopsis of November Road, which is easil...