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Bogart Forty-Eight based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bogart '48 is a 350 page mystery thriller, written in third person, past tense. The book is just as the title implies, a throwback to the 1948 entertainment industry. I loved that Stanley and Davis have backgrounds in the film industry. It showed in their detailed descriptions and gave the book an authentic vibe. The story takes place in Hollywood, and has a star-studded cast of real, well-known characters. I loved that. It was fun to see who they would meet up with next. The dialogue was perfect for that era. I can't imagine the research that went into making each character, even the ones making a cameo appearance, sound and act, as they might have on set and in real life. The writing was tight and moved along at a good pace. The mystery unfolds nicely and kept my interest throughout the book. I finished it in two sittings. The book starts with the murder of actor Johnny Hawks. Film studio magnate Harry Cohn reminds Bogart about a movie script titled Hollywood Armageddon that Bogart had dropped off to him for a friend, Dalt Brennan. Due to similarities, Cohn links the script to Johnny's murder and reading ahead in the storyline, learns about a bomb that is supposed to go off at the Shrine Auditorium on Oscar night. Bogart teams with Peter Lorre to solve the murder and stop the bombs before it's too late.
An intriguing hard-boiled pulp crime novel set in the world of the golden age of Hollywood, this fantastical story is an homage to the real life celluloid stars, directors, and producers, placing them at the center of a mystery that unfolds around them as they go about their business in real life events, locations, and sets. As a pulp historical-fiction, it is a masterful, tight, and fast-paced can't-put-it-down yarn that is deeply rooted in factual events, people, and locations. The book is set in what is often considered to be the greatest generation, and setting Bogart as the protagonist and gumshoe was no mistake - he is one of the most recognizable and memorable actors from this era as well. In 1948 Hollywood, the Oscars are threatened by an elusive bomber, and friends of some of the biggest stars of the era start showing up dead. Leave it to Humphrey Bogart and sidekick Peter Lorrie to take the reins and investigate the mystery surrounding the corpses that begin to pile up and paralyze the city, and threaten to take down the already financially shaky film industry. Featuring hundreds of cameos by some of the era's most notable stars including Norma Jean, Basil Rathbone, Raymond Chandler, and many more who show up and many who are a part of the action, this is an excellent, fun `noirish' book that would have made an excellent serial had it been continued by the authors and contributors when it came out. It is imaginative, clean, and engaging with an audience already familiar with the protagonists of the genre. Bogart `48 was great deal of fun, and as I am a huge fan of the Hollywood it depicts, I was enraptured with it. I was impressed with the writing of this slim volume as well, impressed with the clarity and mastery of clear, concise, and almost journalistic approach to storytelling, while not feeling like the author(s) think their audience is stupid - Bogart includes some fun, surprising dark vocabulary I had never encountered before (such as "eldritch" and "yeggs"). Fantastic balance in this book - and I could almost smell the aroma of pulpy paperback leak off the screen of my Kindle as if I just picked it up at a train station or airport stand. Love it. I do have a few complaints about my Kindle edition that have little to do with the writing or the story. This book has been making the rounds in a variety of release formats since the1980s by my small amount of research, and this release is clearly in need of some major editorial oversight. The edition I purchased at the beginning of August 2013 has many errors throughout that seem like a mix between Optical Character Recognition mistakes ("I'll" became "111," "let" became "Jet" and quotation marks showed up as *, ^, and other unusual symbols) and some strange prior incantation information, perhaps from a previous digital edition (at the bottom of some pages, weird asterisks and phrases like "start here" in red). There were some words and groups of words in sentences that made absolutely no sense, and also a distracting amount of paragraph breaks in the middle of sentences. This was a bit distracting, sloppy, and unprofessional in terms of the current publisher, but it is important to note that it doesn't necessarily reflect the authors or the execution of their work in the book - as you can see, I clearly liked it!