If you're a huge Remington Steel fan happy with anything and everything you can get pertaining to the show, this book might be for you. From a more critical standpoint, this book leaves quite a lot to be desired. It's a huge book, but unfortunately, quantity has won over quality. And, quite frankly, the book appears to have been rushed, as it's a rather slipshod piece of work on several levels. Where's the editor when you need him/her? Some of the book's weaknesses include a very LONG and tedious episode guide. Episode summaries from 3 different sources are listed (TV Guide, original production synopsis, DVD liner note) and include pretty much the same information. The original production synopsis, for example, would have sufficed. Trivia for some episodes is included, which is the one thing that prevents the episode guide from turning into a complete snooze fest. Unfortunately, the author has not devoted sufficient time or space to this untapped source of interest. The movie quotes, a trademark of the show, are presented in a seperate chapter. The more logical way to go (not to mention more accessible and reader-friendly) would have been to include them in the episode guide under each episode concerned. A detailed list of the actors' acting credits post Remington Steele is another tedious and unnecessary section of the book. For those interested, the IMDB.com site provides more detailed information and sources on specific films/TV shows. The summaries used as introduction to each actor's professional credits would have sufficed, or they may have been extended somewhat in the absence of the list of credits. A few pages of the book are devoted to Remington Steele cartoons, one created especially for the book (and that is better suited in a fanzine than in a book with any kind of dignity), and another whose origins I know nothing about. Regrettably, the author fails to make any sort of point by including the cartoons except that they are supposed to be amusing. Immediatley following the cartoons is a guide to the Remington Steele DVDs. It lists the included episodes on the discs and bonus material. However, this is tedious information that you can get by looking at the back of the DVDs, or visiting almost any site that sells the DVDs. Since the author has insisted on including this section, it boggles the mind why she hasn't seized the opportunity to write any thought-provoking reviews on the bonus material. Finally, the linguistic standard of this book is not as high as it is for most other books. Expect to find many errors in the language -- both grammatical as well as in the spelling.
Conversely, what should have been in the book but isn't is a recount of 80s television and Remington Steele's place and importance in that era of programming. Particularly, the importance of the Laura Holt character to the feminine discourse (as well as viewers) should have been properly addressed. Surprisingly, the author offers no concrete information about the show's ratings.
The book has some strong points, too, though, such as material supplemented by the Executive Producer/Creator/Writer Michael Gleason and cast and crew interviews.
My overall impression of this book after having read it (and compared it to other books in the same genre) is that it's very unprofessional. I'm actually a little surprised that it's sold through an 'official' channel such as Amazon. The author shows a lack in ingenuity and a fear of writing, as she seems to be more content to include lists and material previously written by others than her own work. The tone and style of the book is very strongly that of a fan writing about her favorite TV show rather than a professional writer. It's a good thing to feel passionately about the topic you relate, but if you can't, or if you don't have someone in your corner to draw the reins, passion can easily turn into mindless drivel. Rewritten and downsized, this book could be a real gem. Currently, however, it is no tour de force.