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Once a Crooked Man (Hardcover)

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What a great tale of good intentions gone bad! When Harry Murphy, an life time actor and NY native, hears that a man's life is in danger, he goes to London to intervene and warn the man. What follows is a raucous and hilarious story involving retiring mobsters, dirty money, and smuggling that is thrilling and taut paced. The various roles that Harry must assume as he zigzags between saving himself and his friend Lizzie, herself a whacked out special agent, make for absorbing reading. Mcallum provides great characterization that develops into fully rounded protagonists and he has a great twist toward the end that is pleasingly surprising and unexpected. Loads of fun!

— Raul



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.

About the Author

David McCallum is a Scottish-born actor and musician. He is best known for his television roles including Russian secret agent Ilya Kuryakin on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and his current role as medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250080455
ISBN-10: 1250080452
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 12th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English