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Gone 'til November

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  270 Ratings  ·  53 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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Andrew Smith
Feb 11, 2015 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir-hardboiled
It's nice to start the year on a high note, and for me this is certainly a high note. it's classic noir fiction, as Sheriff's Deputy Sara Cross is called the the shooting of a young black man in rural Florida. To add complication to the shooting, the man with the smoking gun is her ex-boyfriend and fellow Deputy, Billy Flynn. And there's money missing. A lot of money. The action is as hot and steamy as the weather, as also thrown into the equation are a Hiatian drug gang and an ageing (gotta be ...more
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
Apr 17, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-books
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
David Putnam
Jan 20, 2014 David Putnam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ross Cumming
Jan 26, 2014 Ross Cumming rated it really liked it
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
Elizabeth A.
Jan 17, 2011 Elizabeth A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2011 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Dec 28, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like a good fast paced read..I don't like two story lines..but I liked this book. quick read, held my attention. I am sure there were multiple holes in the story line but I didn't care. A nice strong female lead character. Her one almost fatal flaw..Billy.
Jim Thomsen
Jan 15, 2015 Jim Thomsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taut, tense thriller

Tense, tight and never trite, GONE 'TIL NOVEMBER is a much a writing-craft manual as it is a confident, noirish crime novel. Perfectly plotted and pretension-free.
Mar 02, 2010 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
Feb 17, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2016 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good story, one that keeps you reading. Not bad.
Apr 15, 2016 Rana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book played some muscle memory tricks on me. While published in 2010, it (except for the cell phones) is much more like something I read while a teenager and checking things out from the Lancaster Public Library (holla!). The story, the characters, the setting were all very superficial; a crime thriller but yet, I buzzed through it in an afternoon as there were no twists and no turns. Just a straight-forward bad guy drug dealer enforcer vs good girl cop. And of course, the good girl cop has ...more
Barbara M
The story begins in southern rural Florida around Lake Okeechobee. Sheriff's Deputy Sara Cross is on night shift and she's called out for "shots fired" to find a young black man dead and Deputy Billy Flynn with the gun. Thus starts a story that brings some drug dealers, big money, and guns into her life. The story alternates chapters for quite a while between Sara and Morgan, a 50's black enforcer for Mike a dealer in NY. Old R&B cassette tapes sets the backgrounds whenever the story turns t ...more
Ashley Dawn
Oct 12, 2011 Ashley Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mikey-Mike is a New
Apr 15, 2011 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 22, 2011 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2016 Jovdb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Not a great story.

Sara Cross is called to a scene and finds that a former boyfriend and fellow officer, Billy, has killed a young black man after pulling the man over on the highway.

It appears to be a justified shooting, but is it?

Somethings come to light and Sara has to rethink her perception of Billy.

She is also a single mother of a son going through treatment for leukemia.

Not a great story, but at least it isn't too long!
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
This read more like a short story on steroids than a novel. I didn't find it particularly compelling and skimmed most of the last 1/3 of the book just to see how it ended. It just seemed a little formulaic: protagonist haunted by bad choices and circumstances, antagonist with a heart of gold. Despite loving mysteries, I found this one just fell flat.
Jun 02, 2010 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 14, 2015 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read and very entertaining book. Just my kind of hors d'oeuvre between some serious major league writing. Haven't found a great read lately so I'll keep munching on some of these fun appetizers.
always wonder when you pick up books like this ... mystery/cop gone bad/good guys bad guys - if they are going to end up a "dime store novel" ... not this one - grabbed hold and never let go
Rogue Reader
Drug deals betrayed, New Jersey reaches out to Florida. Lots of blood, some compassion from an unexpected avenue. Foolish love, should know better. Stroby, you are great.
Jul 13, 2010 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick solid thriller, with crooked cops, drug dealers, and an honest cop, trying to make things right.
Mar 27, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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