"A heart-wrenching story of love and purpose..."
Reviewed by Patti Loveday
Posted October 29, 2018
Mystery | Literature and Fiction
NOVEMBER ROAD by Lou Berney
is set in the days following the assassination of President Kennedy. I am
fascinated by the Kennedy family and love reading anything about their
lives. NOVEMBER ROAD does not
focus on what happened that horrific day but the assassination is the
reason that triggered the events that lead two people to go on the run
for a new life.
A story that is so much more than I expected when I first saw the cover
and read the synopsis. NOVEMBER
ROAD does not disappoint and is more than I imagined. Berney
writes so effortlessly that it flows smoothly making this a fast-paced,
entertaining read, with dramatic and expressive storyline that is sure to
stay with you.
A story that is realistic and relatable with characters that are interesting
and fascinating. There are characters that you will love to hate and hate
to love with backstories and hidden secrets that are sure to surprise
you. Berney has created a group of main and secondary characters
with unique backgrounds and backstories that help to mesh together
all while telling a story that is heartbreaking and at times heartwarming.
NOVEMBER ROAD is the kind of
story that everyone is sure to find something that they can relate to and
enjoy reading. A story that is sure to draw you in and sweep you away
to another time and place where things were simpler and everyone
seemed to pay more attention to the little things. NOVEMBER ROAD will stay with you long after reading
making you stop and think.
Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and
evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-
mouse chase across 1960s Americaâ€”a story of unexpected
connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second
chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and
Frank Guidryâ€™s luck has finally run out.
A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleansâ€™ mob boss Carlos
Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable.
But now itâ€™s his turnâ€”he knows too much about the crime of
the century: the assassination of President John F.
Within hours of JFKâ€™s murder, everyone with ties to
Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects heâ€™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 associateâ€”
a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry
Guidry knows that the first rule of running is "donâ€™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, itâ€™s more than a carâ€” itâ€™s an escape. Sheâ€™s on the
run too, from a stifling existence in small-town Oklahoma
and a kindly husband whoâ€™s a hopeless drunk.
Itâ€™s an American story: two strangers meet to share the
open road west, a dream, a hopeâ€”and find each other on the
Charlotte sees that heâ€™s strong and kind; Guidry discovers
that sheâ€™s smart and funny. He learns thatâ€™s she determined
to give herself and her kids a new life; she canâ€™t know
that heâ€™s desperate to leave his old one behind.
Another ruleâ€”fugitives shouldnâ€™t fall in love, especially
with each other. A road isnâ€™t just a road, itâ€™s a trail,
and Guidryâ€™s ruthless and relentless hunters are closing in
on him. But now Guidry doesnâ€™t want to just survive, he
wants to really live, maybe for the first time.
Everyoneâ€™s expendable, or they should be, but now Guidry
just canâ€™t throw away the woman heâ€™s come to love.
And it might get them both killed.
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