Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter SeventyNine to Chapter EightyOne

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The Book so far- Harry is witness to yet another killing this time it Rocco who is killes at the hands of Charles Villers, the Villers then use Harry to help get rid of Rocco’s body,  Harry uses  this a change to get away, but things don’t go to plan and Charles ends up dead shot by Rhonda who goes totally off her head. 

Harry try’s his best to get away but ends almsot drowning in the river this time in a car, he wakes up to find himself in a hosptial bed, recoving from a gun shot. Slowly the world comes back to him and frist his mother and father come to see him are tell him they are here to take him home.

The second person to apper is Lizzie boss you tell Harry that Lizzie may or not be still alive and as far the police on both sides of the pond are concerned the case is over three people are dead, their no links to the anyone, anymore now the Villers are out of the picutre and the bag man is dead. Case Closed end of the line and no-one wins.

Chaptet SeventyNine- Five months later in a big empty room a world away from New York and London Max now calling himslelf Fernando Perez and Lizzie are talk Max is sick of doing nothing, Whatever is going to happen Lizzie want it run within the law this time.

Furella wrote them a said the FED’s took a look around Mazaras but drew a blank and Sal is doing good to. Under the Lizzie Perez they buy the big empty space and Lizzie call Max her husband, which after she explans it to him Max is happy with.

And then she tells him who she really is that she was a cop working with a cybercrime unit the whole thing and that she know they will think she now dead, and how she used Harry. Max doesn’t care in the end he knew something wasn’t right but now he free ans they are together so that’s that.

Chapter Eighty- Fiona Allinson is alone her mother advised her to file for a divorce, her father missing persons report, the childen think they father will come some day but when is the question and Fiona moves on.

Chapter EightyOne – Harry get back to New York and puts not only his flat back together but his life, the half million in cash is still were he put but to spend one note would a disaster until one frosty morning a note comes though the door 

Lizzie tells him her and Max are happy and the spend the money, he takes a cab ride out to Mazaras and finds all change on the outside and inside to, he’s accpted as one of the guys by Benny and Cora.

They are the last two everyone scattered like pigeons the place is now Cora’s in name and in fact, Max had is all work out from the start Harry setup the Villiers but Rocco got killed and he just took the money. Harry tells Cora Lizzie is a cop and in the end is the survival of the smartest not the fittest so who knows.

Harry gets a call for a new role at frist he says no then after a few minues call back call back a said sure why not.

End Of The Book the End of Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum.

What I think – And there is was done, Mr David McCallum’s frist novel and for want it was I enjoyed it, good old fashioned caper story, which would make a good moive for a very smart audience willing to see the first guy they meet disappear halfway through the book only then to return and be shot.

And then a second guy come along, a middle age actor, whos switchs roles from James Bond to John McClane and back again in blink on an eye

Mr McCallum can write, yes he really he can, but there are three things that don’t work, his writting from memory so some of his British references sound like a 50s and 60s Black and white film and his leading lady spend a little to much time sleeping her way out of trouble, and one part which was not only pointless but morally wrong on so many levels.

And lastly his day job is leaking though a few pages I have the feeling that he may have ask one of the NCIS writers to give the proof book a quick red pen work.

If you want a good book to read on and off at bedtime or on winters day afternoon sure I encourage you to seek out this book, It good caper story and like all good books it enjoyable so all power to Mr McCallum and when NCIS is over he should write some more.


Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter SeventySeven to Chapter SeventyEight

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The Book so far- Harry has put his plan to move all of Max’s money, into action calling on a few old friends, all taking the role in a bealtes cover band, not knowing the real plan and who really is there roaddie.

As for Lizzie she’s looking for her own way out, not only from the club but from Max’s bedroom as the rest of the family still dealing with then now dead, Carter.

Chapter SeventySeven – Harry drives them to the Villers were, all four of them take a few of the cases apart, Charles is very happy and Rhonda plays the good host until there almost done and Charles simplely kills Rocco in one quick movement.

The Villers get Harry to help them move the body into ford and make him drive, as they drive Harry asks about the retirement plan, Rhonda tell him about her obsession but all Charles want to do is hide in Italy.

There end up god knows were Rhonda and Charles get out, taking the car keys with them but Harry works out that its the same coat he had many days before so now he has his own keys he act quickly

Rhonda pull her beretta and shoots missing with frist eight but hitting her husband with the ninth killing him and the tenth Harry left arm, the car plungges into a muddy pond, and he losse consciousness images of the cavarly comming to his rescue playing in his head.

Chapter SeventyEight- Harry wakes up to find himself in neither Heaven or Hell but in fact still in england and in a hospital, were surgeons have been rebuilding his left upper arm, and if he dose want he’s told he will be fully mobile soon.

Sometime later his mother and father come to see him, have read about the car sinking in a newspaper he will be going home with thwm once he can move.

Lizzie boss turns up 24 hours later and asks if Harry knows want has become of her, they have flagged her passport at Heathrow and even have security cameras showing a female of similar height and build but their not sure. Everyone and now Harry thinks she’s dead. 

There is now no one on this end that could help work out what is really going on Villiers is dead, Rocco is dead, Mrs Villiers has gone mad and Lizzie missing. The police have been to the Mews and all they found were several metal cases with their linings ripped out.

Harry tell Lizzie boss everything, and in turn is told tha Lizzie is part of a task force that works with MI5, MI6 and GCHQ and go after cyberterrorism they were really using Harry to make the link between London and New York though Villiers. But in the end it all came to nothing.

What I think- Just as I though Harry was done for in comes the police to save him once more, So it turns out that Lizzie is some kind of super cop and maybe dead. Which may have upset Harry but not me. Mr McCallum turned her into a bit of a doormat.

Harry has his skills as a actor to fall back. Your leading man was in frist few chapters then got shoot and Lizzie well broken home kid, hard working woman police officer then beds men to make them do things for her. Sure it meant to be the real world and a lot of women do that but after the backstory Mr McCallum gave her she sure as hell be able to think of something better that laying on her back.

I have three more chapter left, which I think will warp things up. What will happen to Harry now, is Lizzie really dead and who now has the money. I think know the anwers the last two question without reading ahead, but you never know.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter SeventyTwo to Chapter SeventySix

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The Book so far- Everyone is now in the same place, Harry downstairs tied to a chair, the brothers are trying get it together and their money back. But Carter has the IRS now breathing down his neck. And is losting it. Rocco sloves this by killing Carter and the brothers go to work to cover it up. 

As the rest of the brothers work Max use Lizzie to push Harry into action and move a lot more  money for him as he wants to quit the family.

Chapter SeventyTwo – Max unties Lizzie and tells her that not only did she really see Harry but he now work for him, because of what he saw. She goes along with Max to keep alive and find out what will happen next.

They have sex yet again and Max tells her that he uses people to get wants and then cut them out of his life. Max talks about his father Aldo and his deal with fate, and the one choice no one ever makes for themselves. The frist six year of your life determine what kind of person you are.

Chapter SeventyThree – Harry makes himself something to eat and Rocco follows him around, Harry has a idea on how to move the money, he ask Rocco for his address book and a phone, which Rocco has,

Harry makes a few calls, and then gives Rocco a list of the things he will need, he then talks to Vic who offers to help, and he tells Harry that he’s a idenity thief

Rocco goes off the get the things and Harry talks to Vic some more and they both give each other the same answer.

Chapter SeventyFour – The guy Harry as been talking to over the phone turns up called Travis Cornelius Atwell, Harry tells him the he’s working on one hour special about a group of middle age guys who as kids saw the Beatles play and formed a covers band and now are going to play the Cavern in Liverpool. Travis playing the role of John.

They work though a few more things like the rest of the people who will make up the band and that it will be cash-up front, Travis leaves and Harry makes a few more calls for flights and rooms.

Harry checks the cases will fit, the guys that he and Travis talked about start to show up, they all know each so Harry talks them thought the setup and together they play a few songs with help from a CD. Harry gives them each their fictitious bios and they leave meeting at Kennedy later. Harry even gets their story in the Post newspaper.

Chapter SeventyFive – Rocco calls Max and tells him that Harry has a scheme and the odds are good for it to work.

Chapter SeventySix- Harry now starts to put the money in the cases, and then sleeps a little. Soon it time to leave and Harry and Rocco with help load the van and after a quick trip meet the ‘jersey jumpers’ at the airport.

The bags and cases making though the scanner only it turns out that Travis is wearing a metal corset which almsot gives Harry a hart acttck, but he buys a newspaper and see the story. They reach the other side with no problem get the cases and bags, but are stopped by an officer. Harry shows the guys the newspaper story and off they go out from customs.

In their own van Rocco makes a call and says they have cleared customs and then Harry uses the same phone to call a number which cancels not only the gig but hotel. Throwing the phone back a Rocco Harry pulls quikly into the fast lane.

What I think – Well we are comming towards the end I think, how will Harry get back to the US will Lizzie stop being bouced around Max’s bedroom I just don’t know. What I do know this that Harry is able to do things a little to esay for my liking sure I can belive that you can get group of autors together is a short time and make the sound, look and feel like a band. But to have them gel just like that in few hours I not so sure. 

And the bit with the newspaper I think that would take a little more for customs to wave you though like that maybe fake night club flyers or something. But Mr McCallum is writing this using he own memory and mind set, so the little things are going to be a bit off.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter SixtySeven to Chapter SeventyOne

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The Book so far-  On the otherside of the world Chariles and his wife Rhonda start to plan a escape route but not before asking the boys for money, After Harry drills holes in the boat he follows Enzo who ends up at wearhouse and after having a look around it Harry sets it on fire.

Carter has the IRS call at his door asking about the Bruschetti he gets to is office and is able to link the boat, so he calls for a meeting.

As all is going on Max gets Rocco to bring Lizzie to the club, they talk Lizzie and after making her dinner they end up in bed together, and are found by Carter and the other two Bruschetti brothers, the meeting starts and Harry takes a look around,

Just as he’s about to call of back-up a few people decamp out the doors of the club and one of the men has a hartattck and the other hits Harry on the back of the head.

Chapter SixtySeven – Harry regains consciousness and leans that Max, Enzo, Sal, Benny, Rocco and Carter are all waiting for someone named Furella, When she turns up Carter recaps the fact the IRS man called and the mistake of boys being linked to the boat.

Carter is well out of his depth and starts to rant about his lies to family, Furella tells him to can it and face it like a man. Then they all join in on Carter, as things get more heated Carter pulls his gun and the room freezs  Carter rants a little more and then boom a bullet hits him through one of his eyes and lays dead on the floor.

Benny the driver did it and now the there is mad dash to get the body out, they work as team and clean up, watching all this is Harry who now knows when his time comes it will be quick, then he sees that in all the panic, Max has quietly slipped away.

Chapter SixtyEight – Upstairs Lizzie is tied to the bed, upset at herself all her training the years of schooling all gone in a flash, she has no idea who she is now, then Max comes into the room, he unties her and gives her back her clothes.

He tells her about Carter and Villiers without using their names and that he want her to help him, hide away from everyone which will take cash, she says it a pity Harry jumped off the boat as he could have help. Then Max tells her to take off her clothes again.

Chapter SixtyNine – Still tied to the chair Harry watchs as Benny comes and pours himself a dink when Max walk down stairs, Benny tells him were everyon went, Enzo and Rocco are stll here just in the office. Max tells Benny to go there to.

He then questions Harry who tells him about the boat, the warehouse and wanting to keep the money but changing his mind. Max ask about smugging the cash and Harry tells him that to. Max unties Harry and they head to the end of the corridor to door marked Berlin. The catch is that if Harry can’t do it a second time Lizzie will be killed and him also. And this time its Three million.

Chapter Seventy – Max heads up to the office to talk to Enzo, Cora and Rocco he tells them to shut down Mazaras saying it a sanitation violations give eveyone a month wage, He tells Cora to go on vacation, Ezno to get a bunch of cases and then take them to stash house, Max is going to pay Villiers off and use Harry for the transfer.

Enzo just wants to send Rocco but Max says sending Harry and the money will make Villiers feel safe then bang Rocco steps in, Harry will play along as they have Lizzie

Chapter SeventyOne – In the vault Harry is laying down thinking about how to move the money, when Rocco comes in, Harry asks for a bottle of red wine, razor, soap and clean clean clothes.

What I Think – So we got Carter the guy that was lead into the book, for all of five minutes and bang his now dead, I have the feeling that Mr McCallum was to sure who to start his book with so that’s why we have both Carter and Harry. 

Now Lizzie who started out as strong powerful female cop has become somewhat of a football being kicked into bed frist by Harry, so she could get to do the fatching and carrying and now Max for what I not to sure, it did give him a hart attrak but Lizzie counld’nt have know that.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter FiftyNine to Chapter SixtySix

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The Book so far- Charles Villiers goes home to find Rhonda planning to run, but not before asking the boys for money, Max tells Enzo to question Harry’s girl so they take her from one place to another and she knows her end is near. Harry follows Enzo and learns the family so rings the nice policeman who then links the boys to Mr Carter Allinson, who when the cops leave tells his wife all about his past.

Chapter FiftyNine – Harry follows Enzo to a big warehouse were he has two choices, keep following Ezno or take a look around to find the place were they have Lizzie. Using his drill bits he able to lift a glass pane out of a window, but is falls and shatters to the floor but thank fully no one comes to investigate.

He finds three men walking around and one by one the each head into a office were Harry is able to wedge the door shut and move around the rest of the place.

Working his way quickly though a few room he finds the MENS room which has a small pile of cigarette butts a few with traces of mauve lipstick so Lizzie has been here, but for how long. Best thing to was to use the same tatics as the boat, he rigs up something so he can cut the power and not be eletrocuted, but is goes badly wrong is starts a huge fire so he runs and fast on the car radio he’s told the fire is now the entire block but there are no fatalities or injuries but Harry’s not sure that ture.

Chapter Sixty – Carter is back in his office his family life is over, divorce is inevitable. Professionally he doubted anything would happen thanks to the IRS man. Opening his safe he takes out several boxes that can maybe link him to the Bruschettis, How did the IRS man link him to the boat. But the link is not in the box. Where else could he look. His assistants office and after looking he finds it – Martinson Metal Recycling Company own a boat and the directors are the Bruschetti brothers.

He needed to talk to them, he takes out a Olympus voice recorder and from a small tin box a Beretta 3032 Tomcat.

Chapter SixtyOne – Inside the basement of Mazaras Max starts to question Lizzie who keeps to her story about Harry having spare ticket, and her working for Honeybee Travel Max even calls them and sure Elizabeth Carswell work there. More questions about Harry all little things

Then Max asks why she doesn’t have a regular boyfriend, and if all she’s after is a good time he can help her out with that. Max tells her want he does and does it bother her and she says no as it all kind of unreal it being in America.

They talk a bit more in the end Max takes Lizzie upstairs, Upstairs Max plays Chef and cooks steaks for both of them, they eat and talk Lizzie role playing the good time girl, Max showing off a little. At the of the meal Max takes Lizzie on a little tour and they end up in bed.

Chapter SixtyTwo – Enzo gets a call from Carter they work out a meeting place Mazara and we find out that he bought Gazelle.

Chapter SixtyThree – Enzo calls Sal and now he makes he way to Mazaras

Chapter SixityFour – Harry still reeling from the warehouse stands vigil outside the apartment were Enzo is and is taken by surprise when he comes flying out the door.

Chapter SixityFive – Carter, Sal and Enzo walk in a find Max in bed with a girl, he’s get dress and the meeting starts a phone calls stops everything Furella tells them the warehouse burnt down Vic and Toshi are safe but Blackthorn is dead. Who are now on their way here.

Sal works out that Harry maybe following one of the but who and if he is he wants him in one piece.

Chapter SixitySix -Outside its time for Harry to call the FED for help but as he’s about do so two guy come out to look around Harry knows they will see him so runs the first ends up falling to the ground with chest pains the second hits on the side of the head kncoking him senseless.

What I think – So everything is getting linked together, all nice simple with Harry boucing from one point to another. But I do have trouble with Lizzie and Max I guess that the sex was used as lead up for his hart attck in the later chapters but I sure there could have been a better way that Lizzie being on her back again.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter FiftyThree to Chapter FiftyEight

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The Book so far- Max tells Cora that he want to shut down the club and she’s Ok with it, As for Harry well the cops don’t really know want to do next, its all dead ends and want to put him witness protection so he makes another break for it this time he takes on the role of a homeless men to hide.

 Rhonda Villiers gets a call from Harry who tells her to go to the police, but she has other ideas which she had going on for years.

Harry then works on a plan to get hold of EB blow up the boat he was on, but a better idea would be to sink it so he buys a drill and wet suit, he drills a few holes and in a few hours later EB turns up.

Chapter FiftyThree – Charles Villiers goes home to find Rhonda she’s planing a little trip, She tells Charles to go for a bath, as they eat Charles tells her want has been going on. He tells her that he gave the police the number he has for the Bruschetti the whole thing was off the books so they let me go.

Rhonda thinks Charles should ask Max for some retirement momey but Charles doesn’t think its a good idea but Rhonda says he’s no other choice.

Chapter FiftyFour – After the call Villiers made Max is no a happy man, its time call Enzo and put a stop to the mess. But Enzo calls him and tells him the boat is now under water and he’s going to see Rocco who will make Murphy’s girl talk.

Chapter FiftyFive – Rocco takes Lizzie out her cell and drives her silently to a new place, the new place is dark basement with a WC, Lizzie knows her life is over and so is Harry’s but she know no one will save her but she will get out.

Chapter FiftySix – Harry follows Enzo to an apatment building but is stopped from following him any more by a doorman, he plays a new york sicilian and gets out of the way, now he needs information so he rings Rienzi who going to look up Enzo Bruschetti and Harry will call back.

Chapter FiftySeven – Rienzi rings MacAvoy and gives him the good news that Harry is still around but will not come in.

Luigi gets hold of some information which leads him to the offices of Walker, Martin, Pomeranz and Fisher, but the guy in charge has gone home for the day and that man would one Mr Carter Allinson.  And a few questions Luigi is sure that Mr Allinson is quilty of something. And with that Luigi leaves

Chapter FiftyEight – Fiona then asks Carter the same question Luigi just did 

‘Who’s Bruschetti?’

So Carter tells her the turth about selling drugs in collage, and the blackmail, Fiona blows her top and tells Carter to do whatever he needs to do to save his rotten, filthy skin.

What I think – Well everything is linking together Harry sinks the boat which brings Enzo down which then gets the cops and the IRS and then back to the guy back the start of this book Mr Allinson, I still think that we have seen to little of Mr Allinson to really care what happens to him in the end. But as for Harry and Lizzie only time will tell

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter FortyNine to Chapter FiftyTwo

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The Book so far-Harry jumps off the boat Ezno has him on and is believed drowned by everyone, by really he’s swiming for his life. The brother go after the next person they have Lizzie who sticks to her story and gives nothing away.

Max goes to see Vic to tell him to shut down his end of the bussiness but it becomes clear that there is no link to the family save the name so they come up with idea that Vic will move out of the state. As he walks out the office Max sets off a old trap which makes him makes him feel very unwell.

Harry relives a memory as he floats down the river which wakes him up just in time he’s able to pull himslef out and with huge effort walks the 12 blocks home and falls asleep.

Chapter FortyNine – Still feelimg unwell Nino takes Max back to Mazaras were Cora is cleaning up, Max tells her everything she tells him to kill everyone, Villiers when he surfaces and anyone who knows anything. 

He also wants to shut down the club which is fine with Cora she will come up with a story, and when the Limey girl tells them were the money is she can join her buddy in the Hudson.

Chapter Fifty – Harry is woke up by MacAvoy and team one of them know him from the flims he’s done. MacAvoy asks were Lizzie is but Harry has no idea. They checked the boat and got a nasty surprise when they couldn’t find him. And are impressed that he swam back to shore.

Harry over hears the fact that MacAvoy want out doesn’t want be involved, it started out as routine arms deal but now this mess, but Harry has other plans he get the guys to leave but not before learining that is a Al-Qaeda plot not a IRA one.

Working quickly he rehides the money in a hole and puts together all the things he needs to play a vagrant and jumps out the kitchen window down the fire escape and away from MacAvoy and the Witness Protection Program.

As a vagrant he walks around until he runs into a real street preson and for fifty dollors he shows Harry were he sleeps and rents the space he’s shown, sitting there he works out the best place to start is the Marina.

If he could blow up the boat at its moorings EB would come running, when he goes to the Marina he changes his mind sinking it would work just as well.

Chapter FiftyOne – Rhonda Villiers get calls from Harry telling her about the police and Lizzie and she has to make up her mind where or not to ring them herself.

We then relive the day her father kills himself because of a Tax bill and then day she meets Charles who works in the Diplomatic service, It turns out that she would ask Charles to carry thing in diplomatic pouch which her brother would then sell doing this she now has stack of cash all to avenge her father.

She calls the number Harry gives her and ask what if anything her husband is being charged with.

Chapter FiftyTwo- Harry goes and buys a electic drill, a mask and a snorkel and then goes back to his box house only to smash it when a rat comes by so homelessness is no longer an option so he rents a car.

Under the cover darkness he’s able to reach the boat only to find out that he needs to make a starter hole he about to give in when DeWalt provided a Phillip head bit using this and holding the ropes of the boat he’s able to make ten small holes.

He get out of the Marina and back into his car and from the top of a parking lot is able to watch and wait slowly the boat starts to sink and at one o’clock the following afternoon and black town car pulls up and out gets EB.

What I think – When Harry frist starting playing the hero I did think here we go some huge over blown Die Hard tale but no nothing, like that Lizzie is still all lost the cops want to walk away and the bad guys are doing there best to hold it together. Harry is thinking takiing on a role each time to deal with each problem as it presents itself can’t blow something up then sink it.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter FortySix to Chapter FortyEight

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The Book so far-Harry is taken from the werehouse to a boat and then interviewed by a man who doesn’t give him name but in truth is Ezno, he ask who Harry is and why did he call, All   Harry want’s to do is give back the money. He tells Ezno how he got hold of the money. 

Ezno tells the other brothers and tell Ezon frighten Harry a little bit, but a helicopter flys over head so Harry takes this a opportunity to run which does by jumpping into the river.

Chapter FortySix- Lizzie looks for away out of the cell she has been up in, but as she dose Rocco and an other man open the door and start asking questions, ‘how long has she know Harry,’ where did they meet’.

She tells them about meeting him a coffee shop and how paid for a ticket to new york for her. All she wants to do is go to dinner with Harry and then  home, but Rocco tells her that Harry is dead having fallen into the Hudson River. 

They put her back in the cell, and for the frist time in her life she is a total loss, without MacAvoy’s help she is for all intents and purposes dead.

Chapter FortySeven – The warehouse were Lizzie is being held is being use by Vic Bruschetti were he’s running the computer side of things, Max goes to see him and tell him to shut everything down. But Jack Vic’s right hand man is having non of it but the end there come to a compromise, they will move the whole thing out of New York, there no link to the brothers so it will work.

But on the way out Max ends up walking into a old trap going head long down the stairs his heart racing.

Chapter FortyEight- Inside his head Harry relives learning to swim and then a encounter with the frist woman he slept. But the thunder in the memory matches the thunder in the real world which wakes him up.

He swims hard and end up floating beneath the Intrepid he pulls himself out of the water and begins to walk the fifteen blocks home, everyone thinks he’s homeless and give him a wide breath.

With a insane​ effort he makes only to be horrified by the devastation that he finds, the room is warm the pillow soft, Everything else could wait.

What I think – I have said it before but its worth repeting its a good story, as everything gets link together its almost watching a TV show you start with one thing and end up linking with something eslse which kicks off the next chapter. 

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter FortyTwo to Chapter FortyFive

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The Book so far- Harry and Lizzie make it back to New York, and she goes off to tell the police there want they have planed. One phone is becoming a set of calls and Harry is getting a little upset.

The Bruschetti brothers get togther and try to work out want to next after the man in Columbiahas asked them to carry out one last job, but just as they are calling the meeting to a stop Rocco phone rings and Harry want to talk.

The brothers have Harry bouce around the city, until they get him in the back of a cab, which takes him to an old wearhouse. Finding his wallet there now who he is so Rocco is sent to his flat were he finds Lizzie but not the money. They take her to but not to the same place. All the time Lizzie is playing the part of Harry’s dumb girlfriend.

Chapter FortyTwo-Harry is untied and then put in yet another car, and hopes that Agent MacAvoy’s men are still following. On the Jersey shoreline he’s told to get into a boat and when he gets on the boat he’s serched again this for anything metal thar could a a bug. The boat then heads out into the river, then the boat’s engines are cut and it starts to drift with current.

In the main cabin he’s show a man, a man in a smart suit over a dress shirt, striped tie secured with a monogrammed pin. He asks the man if he’s Max to which the man says No. The man asks Harry want he want’s Harry says he wants to give back the money.

Then tells the man some of the truth, leaving out a few things, as he talks he sees the letters on the tiepin which are EB, could it be Enzo the man calls out Karl the man who untied Harry and put him on the boat, his job now is watch Harry as the man makes a call

Chapter FortyThree – Max feels reassured, Rocco has searched Harry’s apartment and found nothing to tie them to him and his brothers, the girl is locked up safe. Enzo then calls he tells him that if they had let Harry use the restroom none of this would happened. But were the money Rocco never found it, So Max says scare him and interrogate them both him and the girl.

Chapter FortyFour- EB (Enzo) asks Harry why he took the money and were its now, Harry tells him, EB is very skept about the whole thing so he gets Carols in, Carols stands over Harry as Karl goes to mix concrete and EB asks Harry once if he’s told them everything. Then there is the sound of a chopper over head the boat is running without lights and helmsman switchs them on and away the helicopter goes.

Harru does want to be listed at the AFTRA/SAG obituary page so kicks out at Carols and ends up in the Hudson river swiming for his life.

Chapter FortyFive-Enzo calls Max and tells him that Harry is the river and they may never find him.

What I think- Well everything is comming together, Harry and the brothers have meet and Lizzie is being held somewere in the hope of bring rhem all down. I am enjoying the the back and forth in each chapter how they follow. But like I said before we have kind of lost track of Carter Allinson the guy at the start of the book. And yes I know have only done four chapters this time around, but Harry swimming for his life makes a bit of dramatic cliffhanger.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter ThirtySeven to Chapter FortyOne

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.