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November Road

by Lou Berney

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November Road by Lou Berney
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2018, 320 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 8, 2019, 336 pages

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Set against the assassination of JFK, an evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate chase by an unlikely pair across 1960s America.

You'll be forgiven if, like me, you roll your eyes at the end of the first chapter of November Road. We've barely had a chance to sink our teeth into the pages and Frank Guidry has already ratted on a fellow mob operator and bestowed the favor of sex on a random fawning woman he meets at a bar.

Morals are not really Guidry's thing and his every interaction with a human being seems to be a purely transactional affair. But there's an explanation for Guidry's foul character: as an orphan, he fell off a turnip truck from Ascension Parish, Louisiana and tumbled around the Faubourg Marigny, "living hand to mouth, stealing cans of pork and beans off the shelves of the A & P." When he grew up, he became a key operator in the inner circle of New Orleans mob boss Carlo Marcello, which is where we find him as the novel opens.

If you have heard the name Carlo Marcello...

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