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 proven 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 Bruschettis' plans begin to unravel.
After Harry makes the well-intentioned if egregious mistake of trying to warn the Bruchettis' 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 has prepared him for what happens next.
By 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.
©2016 David McCallum (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
Great Fun. Loved every character and was hoping no one would win or lose! Narration was perfect as well. A book that was easy to press play on.
I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.
This is mostly a good romp with a Everyman hero hopelessly out of his element when his path crosses that of a family of criminals. There is (spoiler alert) a rather distasteful scene when a forcible rape becomes a seduction but otherwise I enjoyed it. The author is also the narrator. Generally, this doesn't work for me but here it was very well done.
Interesting novel with humor and drama intertwined to create a great story. McCallum uses his beautiful voice to dramatize the tale to perfection.
I do my gardening listening to Audible books and, at times, end up sitting on my gardening cart sobbing away, while hoping no one's looking
David McCallum has written a delightful story. It keeps one entertained throughout and comes to an satisfying end. I do hope there will be more!
Imaginative, suspenseful, exciting.
Have you ever heard his voice?! OMG! The tone and cadence make anything he reads worth hearing. His is also a voice that inspires a feeling of "safety."
The point at which Harry overheard the conversation of criminals while taking a leak in an alley on the side of a Chinese restaurant.
The only downside to being an avid reader is eventually gaining an ability to identify a plot line too quickly, and that definitely takes some of the pleasure out of the reading. I was delighted to find that that was NOT the case with "Once A Crooked Man" by David McCallum. The story line was solid, imaginative, unique, and dynamic, and throughout the book, I had no idea what was coming next – which made it all the more exciting! The multifaceted personalities of each character unfolded naturally, making them believable and easy to identify with, and demonstrated McCallum's deep understanding of both human nature and the fickleness of fate. Though complex, the story flowed smoothly, and at the end, all tied together in a manner that brought reader satisfaction and fulfillment. And of course, hearing David’s lovely voice read it was extra yummy. I really hope he will write a sequel to OACM because, as with all good stories, the characters become like friends with whom we wish to visit again and again.
Perhaps not the most cerebral but one that was great fun. Think Jacques Clouseau rather than Sherlock Holmes.
Without a doubt, David McCallum's voice. This was a case where the author not only had a good voice, but as it was his material, he could the intonations just right and did.
The Bruschetti brothers are my favorites. How can you not love a family mob who works under the family motto that crime pays, and it pays well. And their name rhymes with spaghetti.
The book has a lot of chuckles. If you love irony: improbable situations: a lot of misunderstandings and a lot of slapstick, basically Commedia dell’Arte; then you likely to enjoy the nonsensical world of crime that McCallum has conjured up for your enjoyment. If you are looking for a police procedural, up to the minute forensics, a dark Danish Noir with a suffering antihero, then move on. Think of this book as a great B crime movie designed to be watched on a cold winter afternoon with bowls of popcorn by your side.
The novel is a beautiful night cap to a great career. I just hope MaCallum has another rabbit to pull out of his hat. I enjoyed the caper. There are times in this sad old world that all of us need a good entertainment that takes us to a place where the impossible works out, and we walk away with a smile on our face. Give me Max Sennett over Ingmar Bergman.
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