Varia Stephen Bogart Play It Again

ISBN 13: 9780330338653

Play It Again

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9780330338653: Play It Again

From the son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the first in a series of thrillers featuring Private Investigator R.J. Brooks. Set in Manhatten where a serial killer is at large, revenge becomes a personal matter for the hero when his mother becomes the next victim.

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From Publishers Weekly:

The name is for real: the son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall debuts with an uninspired tale of New York PI R.J. Brooks, son of has-been movie star Belle Fontaine. The unsavory R.J. sleeps with his clients, wonders what he ever saw in his ex-wife and worries about his son from a distance. R.J. never got along with his famous parent, resenting her for being an absentee celebrity mom, but he nevertheless feels obliged to investigate when she and a man are found shot to death on a massage table in a pricey Manhattan hotel. Lt. Fred Kates, who is running the police probe, likes R.J. mainly as a suspect. Casey Wingate, who was making a film on Belle, however, is eager to join R.J. and pool information. Aided variously by his surrogate father, "Uncle Hank" Portillo (conveniently employed by the FBI), by Casey's recent film footage and sharp mind, by Belle's private diaries and by his own childhood memories, R.J. comes to see that the real object of the murderer's interest may still be alive. The plot may not be strong on logic but, then again, insanity figures powerfully in the resolution. Readers looking for a great Bogart work should stick to the big screen.
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From Booklist:

The hype surrounding Bogart's first novel is doubtless as much because of his famous name and parents (Bogey and Bacall) as because of the book's merits. Nevertheless, Bogart deserves credit for a fine first effort written in an appealing, Raymond Chandler^-like style and featuring tough-talking, down-on-his-luck gumshoe R. J. Hooker. After a lonely childhood spent in the shadow of his famous movie-star parents (roman a{ } clef, perhaps?), Hooker abandons the glamour of Hollywood for the chill of New York. Reduced to working as a "matrimonial detective," R. J. hasn't seen his glam-queen mother for months, but when she's murdered in cold blood, he uses street smarts, intuition, and his often nefarious contacts--in both Tinseltown and the Big Apple--to track down the killer. Slick dialogue, lots of glitz, and plenty of page-turning action don't quite overcome the book's tendency to sound like a facile TV cop drama, but given the still-potent Bogart legend, young Steve certainly has the inside track on success. Emily Melton

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Stephen Bogart
Published by Pan Books (1994)
ISBN 10: 033033865X ISBN 13: 9780330338653
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