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Gone 'til November

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  218 ratings  ·  40 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published January 19th 2010)
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Richard Vialet
"Forget about money. Pain's the only currency. And everybody pays their way."
This decent standalone effort by author Wallace Stroby tracks parallel stories of two vastly different people on different sides of the law as their paths start to cross surrounding an officer-involved Florida roadside shooting of a young black man. Sara Cross is a small-town sheriff's deputy who is the first responder to the shooting. The officer involved happens to be her ex-boyfriend that she inexplicably still h
It is a kick how I found Gone ‘Til November, by Wallace Stroby. Lil Wayne (Rapper) supposedly has a book out called “Gone Til November” and my son is a huge fan of Lil Wayne. I wanted to buy his book for my son’s birthday. Well, I searched high and low, thought I found it, hit “Add to Cart”; it came in the mail. Bingo, I got the wrong book. When I realized the mistake, I almost sent it back; but, then, I read the back cover and thought, "This sounds pretty good – maybe I’ll keep it and give it a ...more
Mike Lawson
I recently had a one-night stand.

I’ve been down-and-out. Looking through the new releases and best sellers, it’s been really hard trying to find something new and current to read and review for iEATbooks. It seems that there are plenty of serial killer books and vampire novels out there. Many of the best sellers are throw-away-novels that you’ll forget an hour or two after reading them.

Then I came across Wallace Stroby’s Gone ‘Till November, a recently published crime novel. Crime novel? I know.
Ross Cumming
This is my first Wallace Stroby novel, having only previously read the short story 'Lovers in the Cold', which I thoroughly enjoyed. In this novel Florida Sheriff's Deputy Sara Cross attends the Scene of a shooting where fellow Deputy Billy Flynn, her ex-lover, has shot and killed the lone occupant of a vehicle, who he claims pulled a gun on him first. The car also contains a cache of weapons and after investigation the shooting is believed to be justified. However Sara isn't totally convinced a ...more
Ashley Dawn
Sara Cross has problems. She is a single mother and her six-year-old son is battling Leukemia. She is one of the best deputies her small Florida town has ever seen. Sara is the first responder to the scene when a shooting occurs and when she shows up, her ex—a fellow deputy—has shot a young, black man and his story is self defense and it seems that the evidence supports his story. Initially, Sara believes Billy’s story, but the more she investigates the more questions she has.
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Elizabeth A.
Late one night St. Charles County, Florida Deputy Sheriff Sara Cross is dispatched to the scene of a traffic stop gone wrong. Upon her arrival at the deserted rural location where the stop occurred Cross finds Deputy Billy Flynn, a dead suspect, and the suspect’s car trunk stuffed full of illegal weapons.

Flynn indicates that despite it being a routine traffic stop the suspect was acting inordinately nervous so he asked him to open the trunk. Instead the suspect fled, and when commanded to stop t
Gone ’til November (Minotaur 2010) begins when Florida Deputy Sheriff Sara Cross arrives at what should have been a routine traffic stop to find that a young black man has been shot and killed by a fellow deputy, former lover Billy Flynn. Flynn swears that the man fled the scene and then pulled a gun on him, and a cache of arms is found in the trunk. A single parent whose young son is battling leukemia, Sara struggles against her continued attraction to Flynn and her growing conviction that some ...more
You’ve got imagine that a seemingly routine traffic stop has got to be a frightening thing for a police officer. Most of them are exactly that, routine, but you never know what could be waiting in the car that gets pulled over. It could be a mother of four awaiting you with tears in her eyes, or it could be a heavily armed and violent man ready to draw down on you. It’s that unpredictable nature that kicks off Wallace Stroby’s novel “Gone ‘Til November”

In the beginning of “Gone ‘Til November” Sa
This is a thoroughly entertaining contemporary police novel set in very rural Northern Florida. It hinges on a police stop where a black drug courier from New Jersey is stopped for a traffic violation, and shot for attempting to escape. County Sheriff, Billy Flynn, is absolved of any wrongdoing, but after his ex-lover and fellow officer, Sara Cross, arrives on the scene, several of the facts don't add up.

Later, it is revealed that there is $350,000 in drug money missing, and soon, Morgan, an old
Kathleen Hagen
Gone Till November, by Wallace Stroby, B-plus. Narrated by Karen White, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from

Sara Cross is a cop on duty one night when she hears on the radio that there has been a shooting at what should have been a routine traffic stop. She goes to the stop and finds that her former lover, a deputy sheriff, has shot and killed a 24-year-old man at a traffic stop and insists that the man was pulling a gun on him. It’s ruled a clean shoot by the sheriff’s departm
Rating books is difficult for me. I would give this one 4.25 stars. It is written very differently from The White Road by John Connolly which I read just before this one. It is sparsely written. Stroby doesn't get bogged down in back story and detail. There is just the right amount of detail to get a feeling for the place and people, and the story moves right along. Not an easy balance to reach, and Stroby does so beautifully. The main characters are Sara Cross, a deputy sheriff in Florida, and ...more
Dennis O'Leary
I had read Cold Shot at the Heart by Stroby a while back , so I was looking for something light to read. This was fine. Standard crime formula. No real surprises, but it was well written.
Single mother, sheriff's deputy Sara Cross is the 2nd officer to arrive on scene: a roadside shooting (justified?)with only her colleague's word to go by. Who is this dead man from Newark and why did he die on a rural road in Florida? Flash to the inner-city drug scene in Newark, and know that a veteran "enforcer" will soon be a part of the mix. Great story from page one--steady pace, interesting characters, and complex choices. Add in the family and cancer side stories and you'll want to read a ...more
I actually read this one after Stroby's latest, A Cold Shot to the Heart, and while they share the crime genre, this one is much more meditative in most places. The action pieces still rip and snort, but where ACHttH was a straight ahead caper/aftermath story firmly entrenched in the present with only glancing glimpses of the fuller characters, GtN stretches it's legs and takes its quiet time. Each character and their motivations are more fleshed out. Maybe they're just spelled out more. Regardl ...more
PROTAGONIST: Deputy Sara Cross
SETTING: Florida
WHY: Deputy Sara Cross arrives at the scene of a shooting, with her former lover and cop, Billy, having shot someone who pulled a gun during a traffic stop. Although she confirms his version of the events, she soon begins to wonder if all is as it seems. At the same time, a guy from New Jersey has been sent to retrieve the money that was in the car and disappeared. Wonderful writing, excellent plot and characters – it was a treat to read t
Wallace Stroby returned to the scene with this 2010 non-series thriller, his first novel since Heartbreak Lounge (2005). He also switches the venue to Florida from the New Jersey he evoked so well in his series about Ex-NJ Trooper Harry Rane.

Non-series - When a fellow officer-and ex-lover-kills a motorist from New Jersey and illegal guns are found in his car, it is ruled a righteous kill. However, Hopedale, FL, Deputy Sheriff Sara Cross sees a number of inconsistencies in the deputy's story, and
This is not my usual genre and I just got through saying I'm off Adult novels after a disappointing foray into Leavitt's Is This Tomorrow, but I was generously given a copy of the book by the author and I thought it would be fun to try something new. What made this book interesting for me was Morgan, the hitman with a conscience. I wanted to see how things would play out when Morgan encountered his targets and how he would cope with his physical challenges. Some pieces of the story could have be ...more
Written in lean prose, this is a powerful story about people making decisions that affect their lives while having a rippling effect on those around them. While technically a mystery, this book would appeal to any reader who enjoys a story with depth, flawed characters and a taut storyline. It was reminiscent of The House of Sand and Fog, with three very distinct and disparate characters whose motivations and paths ultimately collide with life-changing and to some extent, tragic results. This is ...more
When Florida sheriff's deputy Sara Cross is asked to back up her partner and former lover Billy's story about a shooting, she calls it a clean shoot, but soon has second thoughts. Meanwhile, New Jersey drugrunners have hired a shadowy enforcer known as "Morgan" to find out what happened to the $350,000 they had hidden in the dead man's car.

This gritty crime-novel is hard to put down. The characters are well-developed and the plot could easily be true.
Another alternating narrative between the good guy (girl, actually) and a bad guy (but one with somewhat redeeming qualities). Initially, Sara's chapters were more interesting than Morgan's, but it seemed like her character should have made much smarter choices than she did. The characters were too flat, the reader isn't given much credit, and a couple of gratuitous scenes seemed both badly conceived and clumsily executed. A disappointment.
Quick read with good story line involving good cop and very, very bad cop. Easy to read because there are basically two central characters, things move fast and it doesn't waste time getting side tracked in potential sub-plots. I can see where Stroby could develop a sequel with the main character, Sara, as the small town deputy eventually turned sheriff. Enough drama, drugs cartels, down home boys and southern nights to make a good movie.
David Putnam
Great book
Story starts off with a cop making a car stop that goes wrong. Sara Cross is a strong point of view character and believable as a cop. The action is done well and the police procedure accurate.
This is the first Stroby i have read. Now I will read all of Stroby
Joe Bolin
This fast-paced thriller brings together the world of New Jersey drug kingpins and rural Florida law enforcement in unexpected ways. Wallace Stroby does an excellent job giving life to the setting and characters in Gone 'til November. I even found myself hoping the bad guy would succeed in his self-appointed mission. You can't go wrong with a book that reads as quickly as this one did.
Gone 'til November is the first book I have read by Wallace Stroby. I was looking forward to reading this book. I really had a difficult time getting into the story. For me, the characters were not well developed. The plot was predictable, and I found that the story just ended. Other members in my GR group really liked it so maybe it was just me. 2 stars
Reading this for a Buddy Read

Finished this tonight and I was not thrilled with it. It was very predictable and the characters seemed whimper to me. Well, not Morgan. He is a bad guy but in my opinion the most interesting of all. Ending left too many loose ends.


Fast-paced story about drug dealers, the evil of money and I found it pretty riveting. Some twists and a very character driven story. The police chief was a realistic and likable minor character. Also, for a cold-blooded hit man, Morgan was surprisingly sympathetic.
I like Wallace Stroby a lot. I hope he's very prolific! A noir novel, fast read, good characterizations and dialogue. This is the 2nd novel of his I've read with a well-drawn female protagonist. I find that unusual for a male mystery writer, but he does it very well.
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Mary Kay
Sara is a sheriff's deputy in Florida who gets involved in a shooting by her former lover, another deputy. This gritty story is peopled by some really bad guys.
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Wallace Stroby is an award-winning journalist and the author of the novels
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A Long Branch, N.J., native, he's a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore. "The Barbed-Wire Kiss," which The Washington Post called "a scorching first novel ...full of attention to character and memory and, even more, to the neighborh
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