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Once a Crooked Man
by David McCallum


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A deliciously quirky crime novel from David McCallum, the beloved actor known for his portrayal of Illya Kuryakin on "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. "and Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on "NCIS."

Crime pays. And pays well.

Sal, Max and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A deliciously quirky crime novel from David McCallum, the beloved actor known for his portrayal of Illya Kuryakin on "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. "and Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on "NCIS."

Crime pays. And pays well.

Sal, Max and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file, on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.

But when young actor Harry Murphy overhears the Bruschetti brothers planning changes to their organization, including the murder of a man in London who knows too much, the Bruschetti's plans begin to unravel.

After Harry makes the well-intentioned if egregious mistake of trying to warn the Bruchetti's intended victim he finds himself alone in a foreign country, on the wrong side of the law, with a suitcase full of cash and a dangerous man on his trail. And while his good looks, charm and cheerful persistence may prove assets in the turbulent events that follow, none of Harry's past roles have prepared him for what happens next.

At turns tense and funny, "Once a Crooked Man" is infused with the infectious charm that has made David McCallum one of television's longest running, most-beloved stars.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781250080455
  • ISBN-10: 1250080452
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 352


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Books > Fiction > Crime
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - International Mystery & Crime
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Actor McCallum, of NCIS and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fame, makes his fiction debut with a suspense novel that opens promisingly with echoes of the classic Hitchcock film North by Northwest. Harry Murphy, a struggling New York City actor, is desperate to find a bathroom after an audition. When hes denied entry at a restaurant, he goes to a nearby alley to urinate, only to overhear some men planning the murder of a man in London named Villiers. Without knowing exactly whats going on or who the conspirators are, Harry impulsively decides to travel there to warn Villiers, after first trying to phone him. The proceeds from a new voice-over gig make the trip possible. Arriving in London just in time to foil the hit, Harry soon becomes the quarry of both good and bad guys, but hes never plausible as a man of action in a story line that tends to the formulaic. Toward the end, the puzzling behavior of Det. Sgt. Lizzie Carswell, who befriends a mobster, may trouble some readers. Agent: Erica Silverman, Trident Media Group. (Jan.)

 
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