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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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Critic Reviews

"To hear a terrific book brilliantly performed by the author is one of life's huge pleasures. Is McCallum up to it? He's only been working on stage and screen for what--six decades? Oh, surprise, he's fabulous.... Only an actor could have written this deliciously entertaining story, and no one could have performed it better. Standing O." ( AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Laurie Gore on 03-05-16

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Gotta Tellya on 10-24-17

Oh, Ducky...sigh.

I’ve been a fan of David McCallum since the 1960’s. I was excited to find this book that he wrote and narrated. How wonderful to be able to listen to this wonderful actor read a book that he created! Alas, listening to Mr. McCallum’s voice was the best part. His writing style was very engaging and refined. But there were too many instances in the book where I had to suspend belief, and that ruined the story for me. Also, the author made an unfortunate misogynistic plot choice. He wrote that a main character, a strong and independent female police officer, was captured and eventually raped by one of the criminals. To her surprise, she enjoyed her physical response to the rape, so much so that she fell in with this man and became his lover and his partner. I think that plot twist gives a horrible message to readers. It implies that rape is OK if the victim has an involuntary sexual response. It suggests that forced sex and orgasm can be the basis for a relationship. To me, this attitude echoes the frequently heard male mantras such as, “It isn’t rape if she liked it,” and “She may have said no, but I could tell she wanted it.” I suspect rape victims might get very angry if they read this book. It makes me wonder about the inclinations and thought processes of the author, and not in a good way.

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