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Into the Heart of Darkness [Hardcover]

Vic Dark
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15 April 2003
Vic Dark is a deeply terrifying man. He has spent nineteen years inside for armed robbery, and throughout his life of crime he has been convicted for stabbing and shooting. His criminal record is an awesome document: but the truth about his real-life exploits are far, far more sinister. This is a book that encompasses every branch of the criminal world: robbery, guns, kidnapping, even murder. Vic Dark's life will leave you breathless with excitement; his violence will shock you. He tells of his work as the enforcer for London's most feared gangsters, of his life inside where he was rated the hardest man in Parkhurst, and of the robbery which ended with Vic taking a policeman, a pyjama-clad Irish man and a Chinese chef hostage in a police car!


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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Publishing; 1st Edition edition (15 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904034012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904034018
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vic Dark is the most notorious armed robber on the London underworld. He has spent more than twenty years behind bars, and recently hit the headlines when he was discovered dressed as policeman with a sawn-off shot gun in the boot of his car. He was found not guilty...

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3.0 out of 5 stars Into the darkness 10 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I grew up round the corner to Victor Dark but played with his brother Tony...he wont remember me, but I do remember him and his companions as their noteriety grew in Leytonstone. Believe me they were very hard indeed yet friendly enough to those they knew and werent below saying hello to anyone.
This book does reflect the route that Vic and his mates took although probably more by default than a chosen career path. There are many of this type of book around and this is one of the better ones although you have to wonder about the 'shock factor' that gets added to all of them in order to sell.
Still an interesting read if your from Londons East end, but a great shame that honest people such as Policemen and Bank clerks (love em or hate em) have their lives so pathetically considered by what seems an intelligent man.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All 29 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Yes, the title says it all. This is a profoundly depressing book, not least because the reader can see that, under other circumstances, the author (as he himself recognizes) might have been a superb NCO in something like the Paras (and the Legion Etrangere song has a line something like "once a 'voleur', now a Legionnaire"...). One thinks twice about reviewing a book such as this, especially if one is not used to dealing with large tattooed individuals who might take criticism badly and tend to express disapproval in person! Actually the book is well written and interesting, but what depresses is the perceived view of Britain as a place where what is important is being "hard", where compassion and generosity are unwanted luxuries, the sort of Britain where patriotism is football-obsession, where junk is the food, lager or cheap cocktails the drinks. Unfortunately this Britain does exist, somewhere thankfully below the radar of 90+% of us --and has been let loose ever more since the 1980's. The author has more intelligence and in fact more education than he wants to show in the book (noting his reference to Goethe's "Faust"), his story being written down a bit, one feels.
After a long criminal career, he has apparently gone "straight", although that seemingly means debt collecting and frightening off minor thieves and vandals from places like secondhand car dealerships....hm...
The sad thing is that society has still not found a way to absorb the energies and aggressions of such an author. Not a book easily forgotten, once read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars this and love of the gun is same book so beware 28 Jun 2014
By mo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent book I do find vic dark interesting but I made the mistake of buying this and his love of the gun ..its exactly the same book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reality 14 Sep 2006
By *K*
Format:Hardcover
I think that the contents of his book are true - he states the simple facts of life - everyone's got to make a living. His book about robbing banks and influencing people - well, although I have not read it, I have to say to be able to influence a person's decision is something not everyone can do. He has power and control and is therefore respected by people. I don't think anything is exaggerated in the book, but I do think that this book is not for the faint-hearted! Well worth reading, not just for the potential criminal!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as it is described on the box 19 Oct 2005
Format:Hardcover
I wanted to give more stars, but the picture on the box was not representational of what was within it. Too much flexing of biceps, not enough use of thought. Pity really, as it looked to have potential, but is just another typical gung-ho hard man book.
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