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Once a Crooked Man: A Novel (Paperback)

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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


“Darkly comedic.” —New York Post

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. Now, however, Max has a problem. His doctor has told him to take it easy, and so 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, he makes the well-intentioned if egregious mistake of trying to warn the Bruschetti’s intended victim, and the brothers' plans begin to unravel.

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 actor and musician. He is known for his roles as Illya Kuryakin, a Russian secret agent, in the television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-68) and for his current role as NCIS medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the American television series NCIS.

Praise For…

“Crackling, darkly comic.” —Parade

“Highly entertaining . . . McCallum respects the genres’ tenets, supplying the right amount of intrigue, violence, and sex for a well-plotted, action-packed tale.” —Associated Press

“Pretty danged good.” —The Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250112064
ISBN-10: 1250112060
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English