Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centres 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 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. Suspecting he's next, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas. When he spots a beautiful housewife and her two young daughters stranded on the side of the road, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his trail.
The two strangers share the open road west – and find each other on the way. But Guidry's relentless hunters are closing in on him, and now he doesn't want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time.
Everyone's expendable, or they should be, but Guidry just can't throw away the woman he's come to love. And it might get them both killed.
About the Author
Lou Berney is the author of two previous novels Whiplash River
, nominated for an Edgar Award, and Gutshot Straight
, nominated for a Barry Award-as well as the collection The Road to Bobby Joe and Other Stories
. A television and film screenwriter, he also teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University.
`A great read, combining brutal action with a moving love story; gorgeous writing, too. No Country For Old Men would be my comparison.' Ian Rankin
`A remarkable and unforgettable reading experience. This tense and riveting thriller is a deeply moving love story about people caught in moral dilemmas for which there are no easy answers and who together find hope against all odds. It will stay with you long after you read the final page. You will recommend it to friends. You will read it again. Berney is a writer to be read and admired. This is a staggeringly brilliant book and a flat-out terrific read.' Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Force
`One of the most distinctive, unexpected crime novels of recent years' Washington Post
`Nothing less than an instant American classic. Haunting, thrilling - and indelible as a scar' A. J. Finn, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author
`November Road reads like a long lost Jim Thomson masterpiece, it really is that good. Best book I've read all year' Simon Toyne
November Road is a fantastic blend of hurtling thriller and heart-breaking noir, wrapped up in the enigma of the Kennedy assassination. It's immensely gripping, incredibly moving and superbly written. One of those crime novels that leaps ahead of the pack in one single brilliant stroke' Stav Sherez
`From its first frenetic pages to its wrenching final ones, Lou Berney takes us on the ride of a lifetime ... Berney proves beyond doubt that he's one of the most talented crime novelists working today' Megan Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of You Will Know Me
`Lou Berney has quickly become one of crime fiction's stand-outs, a quietly subversive writer who can surprise the most jaded readers. November Road delivers everything we have come to expect from him - and then some' Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of Sunburn
`One of my favourite novels of 2018 ... Lou Berney's masterpiece' Adrian McKinty