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- Print Length: 71 pages
- Publisher: Great Detectives Ebooks; 1st Edition edition (January 20, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 20, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006DIOLA8
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All I Needed to Know, I Learned from Columbo is a look at fictional detectives throughout the history of the genre and the lessons about life some of them had for us.
Each chapter takes a look at a different detective's origins and describes the qualities that made that character unique and entertaining. After this overview, Adam picks important features of that character's personality and explains their importance in our daily lives. He uses examples from the shows, stories, and novels to illustrate the point.
The character overviews are interesting in their own right. As much as I enjoy old mysteries, I hadn't heard of some of the detectives he picked for his work. These introductions helped me understand the later points.
Throughout the work, Adam uses a conversational tone that is easy to understand and demonstrates insight into the importance of the lessons to be gained from the way these fictional detectives lived.
It simply isnt necessary for the reader.
What we get here is better termed an Appreciation. Graham takes through seven of the all-time mystery greats, considering and enjoying their body of work like you might hold a tawny port in your mouth savoring it. As the author says in his introduction "to read Nero Wolfe, or to watch an episode of Columbo or Monk, is to take a journey with an old friend."
Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, Father Brown, Dan Holiday- you cant even name check these characters with engendering a warm smile in most mystery readers. And Graham goes far past a name check or just a mere recitation of dry facts of books sold, total cases, etc. He has an appreciation for each of these detectives and a great knowledge of their 'careers' in all media. Adam is able to cite their various appearance on radio, movies and tv. I think Graham is right that despite being essayed by Sidney Greenstreet, William Conrad and Maury Chaykin we still havent seen a "most satisfactory" portrayal of the most enigmatically drawn Nero Wolfe.
The essays that stand out the most for me are probably Wolfe and Father Brown. Bantam reissued about 50 Wolfe books a decade ago and included in each was a introduction by another detective on the Stout and his character- so Graham has waded into a field that already has several dozen entries by mystery professionals.Read more ›
To illustrate this point by example: the key lesson we are to learn from the Columbo mystery series is that there's room for anger. Huh? I've seen almost all the Columbo mysteries (and read all the books) and while there is one show in which he bangs his fist on the desk of the bad guy, generally speaking anger is definitely not a key personality characteristic of the good Lieutenant.
I had similar issues with many of the other detectives described in this book. I personally think that one of the characteristics for great fictional detective is that they have multi-layer, nuanced personalities that make their response somewhat unpredictable. But I came away from `All I Needed to Know...' learning about one, maybe two, characteristics of some of the most fun personalities in modern fiction. The authors had a great idea with this book but I wish they had developed it farther than they did.
I received this book free from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Extremely interesting book about living a better life, with the influence of the great detectives.Published 11 months ago by Ashley V
Good life lessons in a setting that speaks to Mystery buffs.Published 14 months ago by Richard D. Lake
It was fun to read this book. It reminded me of some of the joy I had in reading and watching detectives. It also introduced me to some detectives I hadn't read before. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nancy Sewing
Thanks to a recently discovered TV station that shows all the "oldies" I was introduced to Colombo. Somehow I missed him whem I was younger. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jill
I only know Sherlock and Monk but I learned all sorts of lessons in this book. One detective I didn't know, Wolfe, really showed how spending your time wisely and making time for... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sheena-kay Graham
Ok, so I'm sure I've said over and over again (enough to irritate anyone who listens) that I am a HUGE fan of Mystery. I've seen every Columbo episode/movie there is. Read morePublished 23 months ago by meghan hyden
I received this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Concept = A+, Breadth = B, Substance = C.
Most other reviewers have described it as I see it. Read more
All I Needed to Know, I Learned from Columbo by Adam Graham
Excellent examination of the strength, foibles, and life lessons from some of our favorite fictional characters. Read more
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