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The Vice Captain [Paperback]

Mike Hutton
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  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Book Guild Ltd (14 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857769023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857769029
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,661,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Hutton takes us deep into the world of 1950s Soho and its violent, corrupt underbelly of gang warfare and prostitution. At the centre of the novel is Derek Emms, an educated, middle class ex-army captain whose harrowing wartime experiences have left him unable to settle down to normal civilian life. With seeming tragic inevitability, he is drawn into a life of violence and crime and finds himself trapped by the hard man image he has created. While the rest of the country celebrates the dawn of a new Elizabethan age, the "Captain" must finally face up to the bitter consequences of his degredation...This is a story of the fifties. Of duffle coats and cavalry twill. Of gang warfare and police corruption. Of bohemian glamour and red - light squalor. Of midnight Mass in Soho Square and bondage in Greek Street...Above all though, it is a tale of one man's struggle to retain his dignity in a merciless world. In this, his third novel, author Mike Hutton has written a gripping, existential thriller that should appeal to lovers of Soho and Graham Greene alike.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked 19 April 2006
By Odette
Wonderful Book.

I actually bought this book for a friend as I knew they would be interested in the content.

Read the first page, then the next and could not put it down.

It has now finally been passed on to my friend to read.

Thrilling, Enjoyable.

Highly Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars More please - I loved it. 26 Oct 2005
This is one of those books that really is worth reading - The opening sentence did it for me, thereafter I was hooked!

Almost anyone who finds our Capital City fasinating, even it's less sulubrious attributes, will 'Get a kick' out of this one.

The 'Vice Captain' is a very good read, a page turner - Mike Hutton has managed to convey life in Soho as it surely was in the fifties.

The story unfolds in diary form - That is, a diary of a basically good man who gets sucked into corruption, the reader is engaged until the very end.

What's more, the construction is especially good for the traveller as one can stop and start almost at will with relative ease - Although, once you have started you may well miss your stop!

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vice Captain 21 Oct 2005
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I can't recommend The Vice Captain highly enough. What an opening line "My Father was hanged at Pentonville Prison in February 1954"
The characterisation is superb, each character is made real by the author's ability to show all the elements of humanity: good, brutal, hopeless, bad and also kindness. There is a sense of warmth even behind the darker tones of this novel.
Set in 1950's Soho the author totally captures the bygone era, I haven't enjoyed such an entrancing trip back in time since reading Andrea Levy's Small Island.
Disturbing at times you really are kept enthralled until the last page!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Vice Captain 8 Jan 2010
The diary format makes the book easy reading and maybe easier to write.Enjoyed the story and is one those books that you can rattle through,ideal for travelling or holidays.
I like the way factual events/people are used within the
the fiction.
As someone who worked in sixties Soho,legit,I connected and recognised some of the places described
Fifties Soho always makes for an interesting read and this book reflects that.Am sure there is a lot more of this era to be mined within a fictional story
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