Tough-guy private detective R.J. Brooks is back in New York City after solving the hardest case of his career, the murder of screen legend Belle Fontaine - his mother. His famous parents left him little but a few memories and one of the best-loved movies of all time - As Time Goes By. They costarred in the classic film, an almost sacred tribute to their lives and love for each other. It is unthinkable to Brooks that anyone would ever attempt a remake. When he finds a camera and a reporter in his face, asking for a reaction to the news that Andromeda Studios is filming a remake of As Time Goes By, Brooks speaks first and thinks later - a move he will soon regret. Every TV station in the country runs the clip of him threatening to do anything to stop the making of the remake. And when Andromeda Studios employees start turning up dead in Los Angeles and New York, Brooks finds the police are taking his words literally. Now he's got to stay one jump ahead of the law on both coasts and overtake a madman before more innocent people die.
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Entertaining mystery that is a tribute to The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. I enjoyed the characters. I needed the last clue to determine who was the murderer but the person was in my list of possiblilities. The villians are hiss-worthy, people you love to hate.more
started strong, peaked too soon. once the killer was revealed the tension was over and the denouement dragged out too long. the love subplot was not really believable and over-rode other, stronger relationships in the story.more