Once a Crooked Man
Sal, Max, and Enzo Bruschetti have spent their entire lives keeping a low profile. As their criminal empire as grown more diverse, they have relied on an increasingly complex web of financial arrangements to keep their business safe from prying eyes. Now wealthy and aging, they have decided to retire from crime. Right after they tie up a few loose ends...
When actor Harry Murphy inadvertently overhears the Bruschetti brothers plotting to turn several associates into “dead meat” he is stricken by conscience and decides he must intervene. After traveling to London to warm one of the intended victims, Harry is caught up in a shootout, forced to flee in a high speed chase, mistaken for a Bruschetti agent, and handed a suitcase filled with cash.
‘As compelling and entertaining as the man himself, McCallum's first book dazzles.’
‘This is crime as light comedy, with a broad cast of characters, and you’re not supposed to take any of it seriously. There are guns, a fetching detective and bags of money. It’s a three-card monte as to who winds up where with what and whom.’
-The Washington Post
‘While occasional bits of humor add levity to the plot, McCallum keeps a near hard-boiled edge to the story. It seems McCallum had a lot of fun writing "Once a Crooked Man," as will his readers devouring his energetic novel.’
-The Daily Mail
‘An ingenious crime novel which moves at a considerable lick.’
-Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
‘A spellbinding thriller that has tension, momentum and certainly an actor’s skewed eye of the world. A very strong debut, 5/5’
‘Publication of this debut novel by actor David McCallum is a huge coup for Sandstone Press, and also a delight for readers of the chase thriller. ’
‘David McCallum of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and NCIS fame confidently embarks on a second career in his highly entertaining debut, a blend of espionage novel and thriller.’