Now in paperback
St. Martin's/Minotaur ISBN 978-0-312-67319-2
From the urban jungles of New Jersey to a sleepy Florida town, a ruthless killer blazes a bloody trail ... and a young mother must risk everything to protect what she loves.
Shots ring out on a lonely Florida road, and Sheriff's Deputy Sara Cross finds herself the unwilling witness to the killing of a young black man, gunned down while fleeing a routine traffic stop. A single mother raising an ailing six-year-old, it's bad enough that she's the only female deputy in a town where everyone knows your business. But now Morgan, an aging enforcer for a brutal New Jersey drug gang, has come to town to settle some debts, and Sara soon finds herself torn between love and duty, loyalty and the truth ... and just trying to stay alive.
Praise for "Gone 'Til November"
"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."
- GEORGE PELECANOS, author of THE WAY HOME, and producer/co-writer of HBO'S THE WIRE, THE PACIFIC and TREME
"A powerful thriller... Stroby explores moral choices that leave his devastatingly real characters torn between doing nothing and risking everything."
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)
"This hardboiled novel, filled with believable characters, puts author Wallace Stroby in the company of noir masters like Dashiell Hammett and Elmore Leonard."
- THE HUFFINGTON POST
"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 'TIL NOVEMBER is a significant addition to an already impressive body of work."
- LAURA LIPPMAN, best-selling author of LIFE SENTENCES and 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 'TIL NOVEMBER achieves both and seamlessly. The novel takes off like a freight train... the writing is a joy, full of beautiful asides, an almost weary compassion and some passages that literally break your heart. Sara Cross is a wondrous character. This novel sings, darkly and irresistibly."
- KEN BRUEN, best-selling author of LONDON BOULEVARD and THE GUARDS
"A strong cast and energetic storytelling. But it's Sara, so human and so beset, who makes this another standout for Stroby."
- KIRKUS REVIEWS (Starred Review)
"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. But by the final gunshot, it's the characters who prove impressive - and make a reader look forward to Stroby's next book."
- THE STAR-LEDGER/NEWHOUSE NEWSPAPERS
"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."
"A powerful, tightly focused novel about corruption, ambition and the choices that women make ... The sturdy plot is augmented by an intriguing look at how money and ambition can often override one's moral compass. Stroby doesn't miss a beat in shaping Sara as a strong woman with good instincts, but he's also careful to show her flaws, making her even more realistic and appealing. While his other novels have been set in his home state, this New Jersey author shows he knows Florida's back roads and small towns just as well."
- OLINE H. COGDILL, MYSTERY SCENE
"Stroby is meticulous in entwining his narrative threads here, reaping drama, originality and suspense from what seem at first to be familiar themes ... 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."
- JANUARY MAGAZINE
"Stroby has not lost one iota of the magic that made his first two books instant classics ... He truly gets it right. If you love noir crime fiction or good, solid literature in general and don't read this book, then you haven't kissed the prettiest girl on the block."
"A wonderfully choreographed thriller."
- ROBERT J. RANDISI, author of the Joe Keough and Rat Pack mysteries
"Stroby's finest and most assured work yet ... richly rewarding, dark and highly satisfying from start to finish."
"Stroby begins his gritty new series with a bang. Sure to appeal to fans of Edna Buchanan and John Sandford."
- LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A violent, action-packed crime drama that is highly emotional... Stroby's characters are very three-dimensional and lifelike ... Gone 'Til November is a fast-paced thrill ride that is guaranteed to please fans of shoot-'em-up crime drama."
- THE GUMSHOE REVIEW
"Wonderful writing, excellent plot and characters ... It's nice to put yourself in the hands of someone who does it as well as Stroby does. (This) is a powerful book, and one you shouldn't miss."
- REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE
"An intense character study that explores the devastating consequences a single poor decision can have, not just on the life of the one who makes it but on the lives of everyone around them. Stroby has taken a relatively straightforward crime story and developed it into a wonderfully nuanced look at the terrible choices people have to make when confronted with situations that challenge their moral compass, especially when the easiest choice would be to do nothing at all."
- MUSINGS OF AN ALL-PURPOSE MONKEY
"Stroby writes his third novel with an integrity and clarity that makes it more than the sum of its parts."
- CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER
"The key to this fast-paced thriller is real people making real choices ... Sara and Morgan are super leads holding their respective subplots together until they converge into a terrific storyline. The supporting cast in Jersey and Florida enhance the powerful tale, as Wallace Stroby makes a profound case that being human means frequently making poor decisions, even at times knowing the consequential outcome, but doing so anyway."
- MYSTERY GAZETTE
"Stroby inexorably tightens his knots, leading to a climax that is both inescapable and unpredictable."
"A quick-paced and totally captivating read that will grab you fast and not let go... Full of deception and compelling characters. Buy this book today."
"A highly satisfying story that's complex, suspenseful and packed with action."
- I LOVE A MYSTERY
"Sara and Morgan are terrific characters ... Stroby sketches (them) with quick but subtle strokes - a song choice here, a photo on the shelf there - that give them depth without slowing the story down for a second. ... An excellent third novel."
- TRENT REYNOLDS, VIOLENT WORLD OF PARKER.COM
"For those who favor a lean, tautly written police procedural, Wallace Stroby's third novel will come as something in which to revel."
- YAHOO'S "SHINE" MAGAZINE