""Soon he was fine. The two of them were gone; he had helped make the world a little better again.""
Captain Hughes was once a legendary member of his local police department. But now - reduced by dementia and a family tired of him - he is left to spend his final days in a nursing home. Yet one thing still drives the Captain... the need for justice.
""'The Captain' is a heart-breaking account of dementia but, as with all of Shubin's books, it's not just a great crime novel, it's a great novel.""
--- STEVE HUSSY (Introduction to 'The Captain')
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Now this is more like it... if you enjoy the 70's style of crime thrillers like Death Wish, then you'll love this.The Captain is a retired chief of police, forced into a nursing home by his children following the death of his wife. Surrounded by senile inmates and unsympathetic staff he decides to strike a blow for the elderley in the only way he knows how... killing the offenders.I loved this book and have been trying to get hold of it since a recommendation was made on here by a fellow member. The only reason I downgraded to 4 stars is that at times the plot got confusing with new characters being introduced.A nice take on how we treat the aged with a strong moral theme running throughout. A few great twists and an awesome ending.Give it a try!
At seventy-six, former Captain of Detectives Walter Hughes is shipped to the home by his children, who complain he is too depressing and too confused. THE CAPTAIN hates his new residence, but none of his children will take him back into their home. Over time, THE CAPTAIN begins to loathe staff members who mistreat and abuse the elderly patients. He manages to obtain his gun and decides to take an active role as an avenging angel. His first victim is Nurse Kay Latimer, who he feels is nasty and malignant. He next kills landlord Leonard and his spouse for cruelly evicting senior citizens. The police and the media search for a serial killer, but no one would suspect the helpless Captain. THE CAPTAIN is a reprinting of a classic who-done-it that centers on elder care, a very pertinent issue for baby boomers. The story line is crisp and exciting as THE CAPTAIN takes things into his own hands to revenge abuse and neglect even as no one suspects he is capable of being the killer. Seymour Shubin¿s story still sends shock waves up and down the reader¿s spine as it retains, perhaps even more so, its freshness. Harriet Klausner
THE CAPTAIN by Seymour Shubin: Review As I've become older, it has been increasingly rare that a mystery novel holds my attention beyond a chapter or two. Usually I give up and try something different. Often when goaded, with the promise that the 'good stuff' is yet to come, I push on, sometimes happy that I did, more often disappointed. THE CAPTAIN is not one of those books. When Seymour Shubin's THE CAPTAIN arrived, ill-timed though it was amid the confusion of tax preparations, once I started reading I honestly could not put it down. As a mystery writer of sorts myself, I'm impressed, perhaps amazed, at Seymour Shubin's mastery of shifting points of view. Not only do we see the story from different visual perspectives, we are privy to the thoughts of such broadly dissimilar characters as doctors and patients, cops and victims. But Shubin doesn't stop there. Instead, he takes us into the very soul of the characters so that we, the readers, can walk away with an understanding of the motivation behind their conduct, no matter how repugnant, reprehensible, or superficially good. The novel's real strength, however, lies in area that has become somewhat neglected in contemporary mystery writing. Theme. Shubin takes uncommon risks by writing about a subject few of us wish to even think about. He does so with compassion and skill. Without going into details, I will only say that once you've read THE CAPTAIN you may decide to cash in your long-term care policy. And finally, just when you think there will be no more surprises, the knockout final sentence, which sums up what THE CAPTAIN is really about, will leave you thinking about it for a long time to come. Publisher's Weekly had this to say about THE CAPTAIN, 'A towering novel that builds to a heart-clutching peak and leaves one profoundly affected.' Which may or may not tell you anything; but this I can say for sure, once you read Shubin's novel, you will never forget The Captain. EJM