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

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-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

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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.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter ThirtyTwo to Chapter ThirtySix.

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- Max goes to see Sal and his sister-in-law and they work out a new plan if Rocco can kill Villers do then come home, but if not come home anyway. The paper trail will take years to link them.

Harry on the other hand is still in the cell, when he gives his statement to Ivan, he meets a second police office Lizzie Carswell who makes him go over everything one more time. She then feeds him some of him own life story. And tells him he’s free to go or would he like to help her.

She tells him all about her and Ivan work and how Villers is involed (he’s still in a cell not talking) they do all this in Harry hotel room while she has a bath. They have sex and Harry says sure he will help her. So the next day Harry is told take the money to a place and then meet Lizzie at another.

Chapter ThirtyTwo-We go barkwards in time a take look back Lizzie’s early life and how her mother and father take no notice of her, Its only when she goes and meets Miss Aitken who helps with her love of maths. When she’s twelve her mother tells her that her father has gone, she ask why and when but her mother has no answers for her.

Later on she trys to apply for a driver’s licence only to be told there is record of her brith but after an extensive search she finds out her parents have lied to her about ture brithday, and a deeper search she learns that they had married because of careless copulation.

After beating a lad in an athletics race, she comes to the realisation that wining is everything. And on the day she join the police her mother walks out on her which makes her more determined to push on and in record time becomes a plain clothes detective.

Chapter ThirtyThree-Harry and Lizzie meet again and he still has the money, She asks him if he will ring the number Villiers has given them and he’s ask them to take back the money but here in the UK but back in the US.

After a lot toing and frowing Harry says yes and off they go to ask Lizzies boss, whos giving a talk at the BBC. First Lizzie talks to her boss and Harry can’t hear because of the sound proof room, but then when she’s done its his turn. In his Harry feels its 1944 and he’s about be dropped in France, but Lizzie’s boss tells him its going to fine and they should work on their cover Lizzie being a rep for package tour company. 

She gives him two jobs one to make flight reservation and his second is to work out how he will bring the money back into the US he thinks and actors routinely carry things with them when they travel he picks on three camrea cases, so with in a few hours buys, picks up and checks the cases to make sure its able to carry the money.

Chapter ThirtyFour-With great patience and using the skills his Father had show him many years ago Harry goes to work on the three case slicing the black foam in each case so that the money will fit. In morring Lizzie rings him and asks frist about the flight and then that she will be sending someone over of the money.

But Harry tells her want he’s done having three new cases of camera equipment, Lizzie is a little taken a back and on her end of the phone there muffled talk and she tells him to just let the airline know about the next bags. He does and after endless compuerized menus things are worked out.

Chapter ThirtyFive- Rocco is back and he wakes Max with some food and they talk about Max’s frist time being involved in a hit with Papa Aldo. Rocco leaves and Max goes out to buy Lotto quick picks.

As he walks home Senor Hernandez walk up behind him, he tell Max about his reorganization at his end in simple words they want to stop working in place like New York, and pick less Populated towns. And he wants the Bruschetti to setup the network Max has talk with his brothers.

Chapter ThirtySix-Harry and Lizzie get to the airport and have the three camera bags run though an X-ray machine, when the jet takes off Harry tells Lizzie about flight over it turns out that she was plant a undercover cop. Which makes Harry mad and a little cheated, but trys to set his mind at rest by asking him about New York.

Ivan has taken an RAF flight before them, and Harry asks why didn’t they but Lizzie says its more believable this way. At the baggage hall there see there other bags but have to go to the oversize section for the cases. Where Harry get recognised for a flim he’s been in with Tom Cruise, they make it to Harry’s apartment and he gives her a quick tour.

She’s imperessed by the people he’s worked with and the fact his father was a cop, asks him how to get to West Tenth and asks if its the DEA Drug Enforcement Agency office. She also asks of a spare key. She leaves 

Harry unpackes and goes shopping, later Lizzie cames back she tells him about a drugs bust and Special Agent Marty P. MacAvoy and how he can only spare two agents at six so Harry will have to make the call a six tonight and that he needs something so Marty’s men can follow him. They go and get somthing to eat.

They talk about what stated as one call is now becoming a series of them which Harry in not to happy about, Lizzie says just make the calls one by one and he should just act the part use want he knows.

What I think – For the last few chapters I have talked about Mr McCallum odd old world england vibe but I not going to the do that this time, I am however going to talk about what I think will happen by the end. Lizzie is not really who she’s says she is and will end up dead  or with the money. Her backstory is just a little off. Harry will be the fall guy for all of this and unless dead he’ll be in hidding. The brothers will get killed by Hernandez’s people or the police and as for the guy who was our starting point in this book who knows he’s only been a few chapters and only for a little bit.

As always I hope you have enjoyed want you have read and will be back for the next part. 

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter Thirty to Chapter ThirtyOne.

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- Harry stops Rocco from killing Colonel Villers who is holding on to a lot money, belonging to the three brothers. After the failed killing Villers thinkings that Harry is working for the three brothers so lets him take the money and run.

Back in New York Max tells Rocco to kill Eddie which he does by starting a small fire and dressing up as a doctor, Villers also rings Max, and Max tells not worry about it, he will look into it could be the other side. To his brothers he say ‘tell the guy have the money just stick to the plan’

Harry runs off the English contryside and buries the money but just as he’s about walk away safe and happy Colonel Villers catchs up with him, so Harry does the only thing he can do and tells the turth Villers rection is to kill his but just as he’s about to shot, Harry is saved by someone who been following Harry for the past few days. A policman of a kind called Ivan

Chapter Thirty- Max goes to see his brother Sal and his sister-in-law, Sal wife Furella (three pages of how her and Sal meet) She knows everything, one of her two sons lives on the west coast and has nothing to do with the family.

Sal wakes up from his nap, they talk and think that Eddie is the leak and that’s how Harry knows. Sal wants Rocco to come home but if can take care of Villers do that then come home, worst case the feds try to use Carters paper work to link them but is air tight. As for Harry they still don’t know want to do.

Chapter ThirtyOne- Harry is woke up and asked to give a statement to Ivan which he dose a tells him everything, then Ivan comes back with Dectective Sergeant Elizabeth Carswell who ask Harry to go over the story agian but use the threat of violence to get him to talk.

She then tells him he’s own life story and that the woman he tired to pick in the bar one night was policewoman Susan Banks who was following Villiers. She tells Harry she thinks he’s making extra money by being a courier on the side.

Harry gets her to take him back to his hotel room were he shows her his iphone with notes he made on it a prove he’s not lieing. She belives him and Harry tells her not somke because she will smell bad, but she’s smells bad because she been on Villiers’s tail for three days.

He asks if he can buy her breakfast as he now free to go, she says yes and as he calls room service she goes and has a shower when she done she asks Harry if knows about the Real/Ture IRA as they talk Susan asks Harry to wash her hair she tells him about the work her and Ivan do trying to stop the flow of moeny to the Real/Ture IRA.

The food comes and they let it go cold as they have sex, she leaves him in bed after telling she work something out. 

Later that same day Ivan rings to tell him to go a meet Lizzie in a pub the village,they talk Lizzie has come up with a plan Harry is drive to a address droping off the money there and then go to a second and meet her again. As for Villers she gave him An ultimatum either tell her everything or they will find out themselves, but so far Villers has said nothing.

So Harry takes the car keys and leaves.

Frist off sorry its only two chapters but a lot has happend and not all of it easy and simple so that’s why only two.

So here’s what I think- I don’t mind we have female policewoman in fact its welcome change from overly aggressive men, what I do mind is that four pages in she comes off as vulgar, aggressive and down right odd, she’s ment to be a cockney so every four line is swear word or other word Mr McCallum think people still use. There are few sentences of broken english to emphasize the point she is a Cockney ‘we is’ not ‘we are’. And the fact that she actually smokes an american cigarette not an English one if he’s going to do the poverty stricken english detective it would be a cheap brand like silk cut. And the middle bit of the chapter reads like a scene out of James Bond, only with the role reversed

But I really do welcome the female characters because so far we’ve had Allinson his wife who supposedly to wrapped up in the hospital to see much of anything and his daughter who is a typical teenage child, and the Sal sister-in-law who early life read like the plot of the godfather.

I have seen that the next chapter is about Dectective Sergeant Elizabeth Carswell (Lizzie) back story so they maybe answers there. So until the next time thank you for reading.

By the way I hope the new layout works better.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter TwentyFive to Chapter TwentyNine.

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 – The Bruschetti brothers have put there plan into action, and the frist killing goes to plan. Carter however is still unsure that they have everything covered. Max meets with the other end of the pipeline and explains that he and brothers want out. Harry our actor friend using money from a Ad heads to London, and tries to meet with Colonel Villiers but the frist ends up talking to his wife. But the second time just as Rocco and co. Try to shoot the Colonel. Harry ends up stopping the killing and both he and the Colonel end up driving away.

Chapter TwentyFive- Harry and the Colonel drive into a car park, were the Colonel asks about how Harry knew what was going on. And Harry him a half turth, the Colonel wants the ring Max and tell him but Harry says that he will do that and to just carry on with way things are.

The Colonel has a back-up van waiting for him so they change from the jag to a old ford escort taking a old suitcase with them, the colonel even has a gun which scarrs the crap out of Harry when the Colonel cracks the safety of it.Then he tells Harry were to park the car and leaves him.

In need of change of pants Harry drives the car to a street a few yards away from his hotel, pays for parking and then heads to room, but Harry takes the case the Colonel had left. In his room he changes showers and then opens the case. Its full of money US dollars about half a million he just about put all back when the door of his room opens and in walks a maid to clean his room.

Chapter TwentySix- A mad Rocco watches as an ambulance takes away Eddie, Rocco rings Max who tells him ‘no loose ends this time’. Rocco quickly looks around the hospital puts a plan in action, Eddie is under police guard so Rocco needs some tools.

He buys a professional cook’s knive, surrgical gloves, a white telescoped cane and a blank ID holder. Once back inside the hospital he buys a bunch of flowers and heads to the A&E were he asks about the guy with the fractured legs.

Helpfuly he’s told that guy is stilp wating to been seen so throwing the flowers away and stealing a white coat head up stairs and waits but just as he about act they start to move Eddie so Rocco follows. 

Rocco then starts a small fire in a supplie room, and the guy pushing Eddie around heads in to see if they are really it see Eddie, Rocco get rid of the policeman by telling to go a wait in the Doctor but the copper is distracted by the fire.

Rocco makes his makes his move and with one quick action pushies the knive into Eddie then heads back down stairs using the white cane and fooling people his blind. When clear of both the hospital and the helpful people he throws away all the tools.

Chapter TwentySeven- Harry now has three cases, two which are his and one full of money. With little help get them all in the Escort and then drives for a bit trying to think, he could one of three things return to No. 4 and give the cash back, tell the police everything or more thinking time.

He picks the last one, makes way to Paddington station and then buys a ticket to a place called Taunton, on the train he sits back and watches the world go by, he even asks a man about hotels and is told about one called ‘The Waterside’ he takes a room but is a little worried when they ask for a way to settling his acount but uses he American Express card anyway. His room he gazes at the money and the limitless possibities.

Chapter TwentyEight-New York and Max’s life is very complicated now, who hell saved the Colonel, he wants to walk think but Nino takes him to the club, were Rhonda Villiers calls him telling him about the attempt, then the Colnel himself who tells Max what went down and the fact that he gave Murphy the pick up money and Murphy is heading to Heathrow.

Plus that fact he thinks that telecoms van is a surveillance one and thanks Max for sending Murphy. Max just telling he will look into it.

Max gets Enzo and tells him anout the failed hit and the fact they out by a good bit of cash but not of that matters, Villiers thinks it the other side and when come out hidding will be taken down, Rocco has plugged the leak and the guy who’s taken the money if his smart will quickly and quiely spent it. All Enzo need do is get eveything set up and show the colombians they are efficient and reliable.

Chapter TwentyNine- Harry wakes up the following morroing and after reading the newspaper finds out the the police have a suspect in custody he now has a little breathing room.

But still needes hide the money so he thinks about a bank no, a funeral gives him an idea about a burial he’s buys two new Tumi cases, then a small black shovel, bin lines, roll of duct tape and a trouch. After rentting a car and quick look at map he drives to a hollow around Buckland St. Mary marks the place on his map and then heads back to town.

At one in morning he heads back out carrying the case as he digges the night silence is broken by a bracking dog but its let inside a house a Harry can start digging again

But then as covers the case behind him someone quote “alas, poor Yorick ..” It Colonel Villiers, the Colonel knew that Harry didn’t really know Max or really what was going on so did a bit digging of his own and because Harry used his American Express to buy the train ticket he was able find him.

Villiers makes him dig up the case, so Harry tells him the whole truth, he even tells him that he’s an actor Villiers takes out his gun and tells Harry to shut his eyes, but when he opens them again Villiers has collaped after being hit on the head.

The man who did this is called Ivan and has been infact three people that Harry has seen before one the worker on roof at the Mews, then the van driver and fially the man on the train who told him about the Waterside.

Ivan handcuffs Villiers and two more men turn up one a uniformed policeman up who takes Villiers away, as for Harry Ivan and he end up in Taunton police station and then Harry is put in a cell not sure if he’s been saved or arrested.

What I think – Hopefuly the english end of the story will end soon, because it like reading two book one set in the 21th cenurty the other in a twilight world of an england in the 1950’s. Once again Mr McCallum is let down by the little things For example when the ambulance comes to pick up the guy with the fractured legs he says the sound of bells clanking, As far as I’m aware ambulances have sirens, 

And when we’re in the hospital it sounds like something out of a very old bbc drama. Yet the worst thing is when Harry is moving the cases from the hotel to the van he’s stolen or being given. There is a gentleman of Indian descent who helps Harry and it sounds very much like a bad Peter Sellers impression. But there is a odd thing to on the train, he uses the line ‘the roll with the sausage’ not ‘the roll with sausages in it’ I think this comes from Mr McCallum scottish roots as the scottish would say ‘roll ‘n’ sausage’ 
As for the story is getting a bit odd the guy that open the story has hardly been in it and Harry is now getting very luckly.