Once a Crooked Man

  • by David McCallum
  • Narrated by David McCallum
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Laurie Gore

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.
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- Mary Kathryn Flynt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio