"Play it Again," by Stephen Humphrey Bogart. 339 pages...

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April 09, 1995|By Melissa Grace

"Play it Again," by Stephen Humphrey Bogart. 339 pages. New York: Forge Books. $19.95

This is straight up. A good read.

Of course, it's not at all straight up. Stephen Humphrey Bogart is the son of Lauren Bacall and what's-a-nice-girl-like-you-doing-in-a-place-like-this Bogart. He spins a darn good private eye yarn. This book is reminiscent of the great Raymond Chandler genre tales, though with a slower hand. The story's got the necessaries, including a hard-boiled dame. It even has a pretty decent falling-in-love plot.

The word "bloodline" runs all through the book. Is the author setting the reader up? What about Bacall and Bogart's $l relationship? Is this what the book is about? Did that really happen? Or, who is, or rather was, that, an actor, director? These questions and more will send anybody but a fanatic scrambling for the most authoritative Bacall/Bogart biographies. Either way, fun.

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