Gone 'til November
By Wallace Stroby
(Minotaur Books, Paperback, 9780312673192, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
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When Florida sheriff’s deputy Sara Cross arrives on the scene of a roadside shooting, she finds another deputy, Billy Flynn, has killed a twenty-two-year-old man. Clearly shaken up, Billy—Sara’s former partner and lover—claims the man pulled a gun, and after she takes look at the scene, including the illegal weapons in the trunk, she believes Billy’s actions were justified.
In New Jersey, Mikey-Mike runs a drug operation that’s making a deal with a new supplier. When it hits a snag, Mike sends Morgan—an enforcer who’s been in the life too long—to Florida to check it out.
But as details of the shooting emerge and as Morgan follows the trail Mikey lays out for him, the story lines merge into an even more menacing scenario than either Morgan or Sara could’ve imagined.
Acclaimed crime writer Wallace Stroby delivers a gripping novel that is part modern noir, part intense character study, and totally compelling from start to finish.
WALLACE STROBY is an award-winning journalist and a former editor at the Newark Star-Ledger. Gone 'til November is his third novel, following the acclaimed The Heartbreak Lounge and the Barry Award--finalist The Barbed-Wire Kiss. He lives in New Jersey.
Praise for Wallace Stroby’s Gone `til November
"A tightly written crime novel peopled with believable, memorable characters who face real-life dangers... Stroby tells his tale swiftly and the action scenes move with cinematic brio."
--The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)
“[This novel] puts author Wallace Stroby in the company of noir masters like Dashiell Hammett and Elmore Leonard.”
—The Huffington Post
“In Gone `til November, Wallace Stroby’s mastery of character and dialogue is mated to a hellacious narrative engine. His heroine, Sara Cross, is a wonderful creation.”
“A strong cast and energetic storytelling. But it’s Sara, so human and so beset, who makes this another standout for Stroby.”
—Kirkus Review (starred review)
“Stroby begins his gritty new series with a bang. Sure to appeal to fans of Edna Buchanan and John Sandford.”
“Gone ’til November is rock-solid crime fiction that melds compelling characters, crisp writing, and a finely rendered portrait of Old Florida, the state’s thinly populated, less-storied interior. Sara and Morgan, an aging career criminal who has just been diagnosed with cancer, are Stroby’s best creations. Morgan is ruthless and resourceful, but he also has a quiet dignity and a streak of humanity that may have readers picturing actor Morgan Freeman.”
“For those who favor a lean, tautly written police procedural--with an accent on firearms and plenty of them-- then Wallace Stroby's third novel will come as something in which to revel…. It's the action back on the streets of Newark, in the alleys between the boarded-up brownstones, that really grabs the reader's attention.”
"Swiftly told but suspenseful, filled with moral choices and a bit of welcome ambiguousness at its end, Gone ‘til November [has] a hell of a kick."
"Stroby has not lost one iota of the magic that made his first two books instant classics ... He truly gets it right."
"Just when you think that you can't be surprised anymore, a writer like Wallace Stroby ups the ante, finds a way to use familiar elements in new and surprising ways. This is a first-rate novel, with characters who live on in the reader's mind long after the book is finished. I always expect great things from Stroby, and Gone Till November is a significant addition to an already impressive body of work."
-- Laura Lippman, author of What the Dead Know
"In these days of mega formulaic blockbusters, it seems almost impossible to find a novel that not only has depth of characterization, but a compelling plot. Gone Till November achieves both and seamlessly…. This novel sings, darkly and irresistibly."
--Ken Bruen, author of London Boulevard
Praise for The Heartbreak Lounge:
“Stroby continues to show a real flair for blending noir into a tightly plotted fireball of suspense in his second novel. The Heartbreak Lounge’s tense story is complemented by believable characters—both heroes and villains… Stroby infuses his action-packed story with unpredictable twists. The Heartbreak Lounge continues the high standards Stroby set in his debut.”
--South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A cat-and-mouse story that inspires just the tiniest bit of sympathy for the predator... Readers will have a hard time putting down this three-ring circus of a book."
--The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)
Praise for The Barbed-Wire Kiss
“A scorching first novel that mixes the melancholic heart of tough-guy fiction with a fierce and violent gangster plot.”
--The Washington Post Book World
“Stroby does wonders with his blue-collar characters.”
--The New York Times Book Review