The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.
The Book so far-We go back in time a little and relive Lizzie early life, She takes Harry to see her Boss at the BBC and they come up with a plan, they will get Harry to call the brothers and ‘give back’ the money. She tells him he has to come up with a idea to take the money though both the UK and US airports, Then Harry picks apart two camrra cases he’s brough to hide the money.
Rocco is back in the US by now and he wakes Max who tells him go hide, but then Senor Hernandez shows up with one last job for the brothers to do before they can get away clean,
Lizzie and Harry make though the UK airport and he tells her about the flight in, it turns out that for the very second he make the call to the UK he’s been watched and the woman on the flight and the upgrade were part of the plan.
Once in New York again, Harry plays host to Lizzie who goes to DEA Special Agent Marty P. MacAvoy and the simple one phone call that Harry has planed for starts became a set of calls, Lizzie tells him just to act the part and things will be just fine.
Chapter ThirtySeven – Harry makes the call from a pay phone on Columbus Circle the frist call lasts only a few seconds as he’s totally unprepared he trys agian, he asks for Max or Enzo acting the part of a hystical mad man, the voice on the other end tells him to call back in a hour. Lizzie is happy but Harry is not.
Chapter ThirtyEight – The Bruschetti are back in the Fiery Red Dragon this time with Rocco, they talk about the colombians deal and how they are going to set it up.Sal is not happy and wants say no. The plan is to divide the country into sections and assign someone they trust.
They question Rocco about the kid in London and his reaction to finding the body, then back to the offer again and give it more consideration. Sal talks about getting a atlas from Barmes and Noble which throws the others. Sal’s mind is going
Rocco’s phone rings, its Harry the call came though to a man called Karl. He says he sounds a little spaced out. They are not sure if he’s a plant, But one of them should meet him and fast.
Chapter ThirtyNine – Agent MacAvoy gives Lizzie a bit of paper, for Harry and it tells him were to make the second call from, Harry makes the call and is given yet another number to call a woman on the other end which gives me a set of directions to follow.he is put buy a poster and set at the south street seaport. By the he get to the seaport he know that both the bad guys and the good guys are watching him.
Poster in hand he sit on the beach as instructed, a kid comes along and hands him a note with more directions on it, but halfway following these directions alarm bells in head go off so fakes triping and miss the train. At the second phone he told to go to LaGuardia airport.
He gets in a vacant cab, but the drivers turns into a car wash as the mechanism pulls on the car, Harry’s door is open and his dragged out and his hand are tied, trussed up like a chicken and put in the boot of a second cab. MacAvoy’s men would certainly lost him by now. The cab pulls up who knows were in some kind of workshop and two men tie Harry to a chair they leave him in the dark but they do take his wallet.
Chapter Forty – Rocco opens the envelope which has Harry wallet in it, and the three men now know Harry’s name and were his lives. Max tells Rocco to go to Harry’s home and take it apart.
Rocco goes to the apartment checks the mail, opens the door and in bedroom searches each piece of clothing, sees the flight labels on the bags and plays the answering machine, the pulls everything apart, every room every draw even the mattress on the bed. He then gets to the camera cases, takes the camera out of one and just then the door opens and in walk Lizzie.
Her rection is one shock, and when Rocco pulls his gun she scarried. He ties her up and calls Max and then carries on looking. He tells him about the girl. Benny comes and Rocco hands over Harry’s key then Nino comes in a picks up Lizzie, and they take her to an abandoned warehouse. Walking away hears Lizzie crying
Chaptet FortyOne- Lizzie stops fake sobbing, her cell had once been a men room but now a broken up. And she wonders if she had made the right decision not disarm her abductor as it would have blown her cover, but on the other hand playing the innocent could be a very short lived decision to.
What I think – Now we are getting into the action of the book, there are echo’s of Mr McCallum’s day job here and his linking each part together works very well. But when Harry is in the second cab, we are told were he’s going so it kind loses the fear when he’s thrown into the workshop. As for Lizzie I am not sure, I get the feeling something is missing just yet. And the guy who started all this Carter Allinson is very much AWOL so far.