Crime boss Max has made crime pay. But he’s getting older and his doctor says to slow down. Max decides to close down the family business and take care of loose ends, including getting rid of anyone who knows too much. Meanwhile, actor Harry Murphy has to pee. He wanders into a restaurant only to be told to get lost. Harry goes around to the alley and does his business. Above him is an open window where Max and his family are talking about who needs to disappear for good. Harry overhears the discussion and decides to take action and warn their intended victim in London. And so, the chaos ensues, with Harry in a foreign country carrying a suitcase full of cash, a killer on the loose, a pretty girl who happens to be a British agent who is sort of helping Harry, and a series of unfortunate coincidences throwing monkey wrenches into the plans of the crooks, the cons, the dames, and the law. A darkly humorous chase novel reminiscent of Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake.— From Linda's Latest List
“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.
“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