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Once a Crooked Man Audiobook

Once a Crooked Man

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Mary Kathryn Flynt NY, NY USA 03-31-16
    Mary Kathryn Flynt NY, NY USA 03-31-16 Member Since 2006

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    "Great Fun Read!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Gore 03-05-16
    Laurie Gore 03-05-16 Member Since 2014

    I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.

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    "Mostly a good romp"

    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.

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    Colorfulspinner Beaverton, OR 02-19-16
    Colorfulspinner Beaverton, OR 02-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "well written and read by McCallum"

    Interesting novel with humor and drama intertwined to create a great story. McCallum uses his beautiful voice to dramatize the tale to perfection.

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    John L Lotz Granite Bay, CA United States 02-10-16
    John L Lotz Granite Bay, CA United States 02-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    The story lived up to its name, keep me wanting to hear what would happen next

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    Barbara 02-01-16
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    "Terrific!"
    Any additional comments?

    David McCallum is terrific- as a writer, narrator and actor! I hope he writes either a sequel or just another story.

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    deborahH 01-31-16
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    "unique!!"

    twists at every turn; a unique plot, resembling no other story I have read. another book in the works, please!

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    CoreyDamerell 01-22-16
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    "Fantastic"

    The only thing better than reading David's book was listening to David read it to me !!

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    Pat 01-18-16
    Pat 01-18-16

    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

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    "What Fun!"

    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!

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    Linda 01-15-16
    Linda 01-15-16
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    If you could sum up Once a Crooked Man in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, suspenseful, exciting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Murphy


    What does David McCallum bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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."


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The point at which Harry overheard the conversation of criminals while taking a leak in an alley on the side of a Chinese restaurant.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tamera May 10-04-16
    Tamera May 10-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A book where crime pays"

    This was very well written, and I was engaged right from the start. Its a story about a regular guy who stumbles on an intricate crime ring and gradually gets involved from there. I have to say, there is a lot of background to get into, especially right at the start, so be aware that there is a lot of exposition. All around though,I found this to be an enjoyable read.

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