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Title:
Columbo : the game show killer
Author:
Harrington, William, 1931-2000.
Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall, [1999]

©1995
Physical Description:
247 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780783885957
Format :
Book

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Summary

For over twenty-five years, Columbo has been the most popular, and persistent, detective on television, drawing millions of viewers a week. This compelling novel pits the famous detective against one of the most brilliant and flamboyant lawyers in the country. It may seem like the perfect murder, but if there's the tiniest flaw, the famous Lieutenant Columbo will find it.


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Booklist Review

True to the format of the television series, this latest Columbo novel begins with the perfect murder and then follows the self-effacing LAPD detective around as he pieces together motive and method. Revered elder statesman of the screen Tim Wylie is murdered in his home with no sign of forced entry. A note seems to implicate Erika Bj" rling, a former game-show hostess with whom Wylie had an illegitimate child two decades earlier. There's also some evidence of blackmail on Bj" rling's part or even revenge: Bj" rling and Wylie's love child was murdered years ago, and many felt Wylie may have been responsible. Perplexed as always, Columbo is confused further when Grant Kellog, Bj" rling's highly regarded defense attorney, begins selling her story before the trial begins. The fun in this profit-by-murder caper comes in watching Columbo, clearly a man of simple tastes, try to understand the machinations of the profoundly greedy. --Wes Lukowsky


Publisher's Weekly Review

Everyman's detective is just as dogged as ever in his pursuit of justice. Grant Kellogg, the most successful defense attorney in L.A., comes to the annoying realization that a million dollars doesn't go as far as it used to. In fact, after his last acquittal, it's the defendant who inks a book contract and makes out like a bandit. So Kellogg decides to build his own trial of the century‘but this time, he'll have a piece of the action. Six years earlier, game-show hostess Erika Björling's daughter, Tammy, was kidnapped and murdered and the culprit was never found. The glamorous Björling is now hurting for money. Sharklike, Kellogg tells her the killer was Tammy's father, beloved western star Tim Wylie, whose indiscretions have been one of Hollywood's best-kept secrets. Next, Kellogg tells her his plan: she kills Wylie, gets caught, goes to trial, is defended by Kellogg and acquitted, after which the two of them clean up on a book deal and some pay-per-view. As it turns out, Columbo is the steepest slope of all in this lightning-fast read. Still clad in his rumpled raincoat, still endearing and untroubled, he takes on greed and cynicism in his droopy, inimitable way. The prose is thin‘Harrington doesn't waste time on complex characterizations‘and there's barely a whiff of suspense, but readers will come away as satisfied as the tourists who gather to watch Old Faithful spout. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved