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Columbo: The Hoover Files Hardcover – January, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312860277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312860271
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Betsy Clendenin, a Kitty Kelley^-like master of the unauthorized biography, is to show-biz public relations what Saddam Hussein is to Middle East peace. Her new project concerns J. Edgar Hoover; Betsy has unearthed new dirt regarding information passed between J. Edgar Hoover, the Mafia, and Roy Cohn. Unfortunately, whatever Betsy learned goes up in flames--along with Betsy herself--when her house explodes. Enter everyone's favorite rumpled detective, Lieutenant Columbo of the LAPD. Just like on TV, we know who the killer is almost from the start; the fun is watching Columbo tighten the noose through his special mix of oblique questioning, self-deprecating asides, and shrewd insight into the criminal mind. Harrington continues to do a great job with this series, mixing in historical figures and some very amusing banter between Columbo and everyone else. An additional plus is an attention to forensic detail that matches any of the more serious procedurals. Entertaining reading. Wes Lukowsky

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"Mr. Harrington seems to know everything....He knows how to write too...cleanly and unobtrusively, letting his material have its way."--The New York Times Book Review

"That rumpled raincoat is as convincing in the mind's eye as it is on the small screen."--New York Daily News

"In Columbo: The Hoover Files, everyone has a good time, especially the reader."--The Buffalo news
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jiffy on October 20, 2012
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Lieutenant Columbo is my all-time favorite TV character, and I have now read all six of the Columbo mysteries by the late William Harrington. I'm sorry there won't be more. The books aren't perfect but they provide wonderful entertainment for Columbo fans. In this book a former FBI agent who greatly admired J. Edgar Hoover is outraged to learn that a writer is planning a biography of Hoover which reveals previously unknown and very scandalous information. To prevent the publication of the book, the agent plants explosives to kill the author and destroy her files. As in all Columbo stories, we watch the perpetrator plan and carry out his crime so there is never any question about who is guilty. Usually Columbo also knows who did it--he just has to get the proof. In this book, however, he doesn't know, and he solves the crime in a much more conventional way. We don't have his customary cat-and-mouse game with the criminal and I missed it. But I still found The Hoover Files a very enjoyable book and I thought it was true to the character of Lieutenant Columbo.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1998
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I have read several of Harrington's Columbo books and tried to keep an open mind about them. However, this book in particular lacks the qualities that made Columbo such an entertaining character. We know who committed the crime, we know Columbo knows; the mystery is "how is Columbo going to catch them?" Columbo needs to constantly be around the villain, asking questions. It is the interaction between him and the murderer that makes him so entertaining. Harrington misses the boat on this one. Columbo only talks to the murdrer a few times in this book. Harrington also relies too heavily on Columbo's "signature" items: the cigar, the raincoat, Dog, the car. Other than the fact that these items are around, this character is nothing like the Columbo that we know. Harrington has added an investigative reporter into the mix which just doesn't fit. He has Columbo relying too heavily on other people. Perhaps Mr. Harrington would be served well to watch some of the Columbo reruns on A&E to discover who his main character is supposed to be.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Columbo: The Hoover Files, W. Harrington

"Columbo" was one of the most popular detective shows on TV. William Harrington was a former criminal lawyer who wrote these novels using this TV character. The best fiction is based true crime.

Betsy Clendenin visits a woman's prison to consult with a husband murderer. Betsy is writing a book on J. Edgar Hoover and seeks advice. Betsy had offended powerful people in her past articles. She wants to interview ex-FBI agent Frederick Kloss about Hoover giving confidential information to Roy Cohn. Fritz attends Betsy's party and views her rooms. Later he visits an ex-con to talk about an explosive device. A bomb kills a writer inside a home. Lt. Columbo is on the job again and questions witnesses. A journalist who exposes powerful people can be in danger. Columbo interviews Jonathan, a popular singer accused of impropriety with children.

Columbo talks to Barbara Henry, who lost her TV show when Betsy wrote about her. Adrienne talked to Ai-ling and tells Columbo. Ai-ling recognized a name on a list. A waiter recognized a man in a picture. Betsy's unfinished manuscript tells of blackmail of a politician. Columbo accumulates all the facts he can find out about a case. The investigation piles up facts. He learns about the dead Jason Gimble. Can a dead hard drive be used to trap a live killer? Columbo tests a garage door opener. What is in that empty apartment? Shots are fired, two men are hit. There is a report on the data in Betsy's computer. The suspect returns to Adrienne's apartment at night. The `Epilogue' ties up the loose ends.

The actions of Fritz seems incredible after the passage of many years. If the research led to something on organized crime that would be a story.
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By Denise A. Edwards on March 15, 2013
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Have always loved Columbo and Peter Falk. When I discovered this series, I knew I had to get the remaining books to complete my collection.
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By Carole Griffith on March 3, 2014
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It is always a pleasure to read a favorite book sent in such wonderful condition. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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