The Remake As Time Goes By

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  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great mystery, weak secondary characters., August 11, 1998
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    Kimberley Belton (West Kootenays, B.C.) –
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    I picked up this novel because of the famous name, and I wanted to see if Stephen could actually write, or if he was just flying along on his famous parent’s coattails. I was pleased to find an amusing story and a good mystery and a fairly strong main character. However, the secondary characters left something to be desired, especially the character of Casey. I had no idea why RJ would be remotely interested in this woman. I was disappointed that Bogart didn’t flesh out the character of Wendy a bit more, since she had promise, but she disappeared without a word, along with the evidence she was going to find for RJ. I also felt that there were a few too many loose ends left in the story. This can be a plus in some stories, but in this case all I saw were dangling threads. I hope that Bogart continues to write about RJ Brooks, because that character is very strong and enjoyable. And hopefully in his next install! ment we’ll learn more about the characters that had to sit in the sidelines.

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Witty and engaging, a writer’s read…, June 20, 2006
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    Barbara “WildWiseWoman” (MARIETTA, GA, United States) –
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    I picked up this paperback recently in the $1 store, only for its famous name and backcover promises. When I finally got around to reading it, I was instantly impressed with the author’s clever and original turns of phrase, his captivating characters and a story that is just “out there” enough to be intriguing without seeming implausible. Stephen Bogart’s female characters lack some depth, but the story is told from a man’s POV, and so they are presented through a male lens, and I think this is the flavor of the novel. Detective RJ Brooks is a flawed human being, but a likeable mensch, and I’m eager to seek out Mr. Bogart’s other writings.

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Worthy Second Novel, August 19, 2011
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    Rev. C. Bryant “C.E. Bryant” (Central Iowa) –
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    Stephen Humphrey Bogart’s two novels were part of a forty-plus-year process of coming to terms with the death of his famous father. In Bogart: In Search of My Father, Bogart details this journey. So it’s no surprise to discover that his hero is the son of two of the most famous film actors in history, or that their most lauded film carries a line from Humphrey Bogart’s most famous picture. In the first novel, Stephen killed off his hero’s mother, which may reveal more than he intended about his feelings about Lauren Bacall. Even so, he has crafted a clever, interesting, and sometimes puzzling noir thriller. He’ll keep you guessing to the end, and that’s what matters.

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