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Columbo is, of course, the fictional Los Angeles police detective created 50 years ago by Link and his writing partner, the late Richard Levinson, and famously played on television by Peter Falk. Here, Link offers a dozen original short stories about the character. All the ingredients are here: the crime, the murderer, Columbo’s step-by-step assembling of the evidence. The solutions to the cases, as fans will expect, often hinge on one crucial piece of evidence or on gleaning the truth from seemingly insignificant observations. The author incorporates many of Columbo’s familiar traits (the raincoat, the cigar, the catchphrases), but these are not pastiches. The book’s only real flaw—and this may only be a flaw to rabid fans of the TV show—is that the stories feel rushed; there’s not enough of the signature Columbo meandering, befuddling his suspects with his seemingly slow-witted questioning. These are good stories, and it’s great to see Columbo again, but they leave us feeling as if we’ve had a snack when we wanted a full-course meal. --David Pitt

About the Author

WILLIAM LINK was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a neighboring suburb. At four years old, he began drawing stories before he had learned to write. Then pencil in hand he drew his own comic books with his own super heroes. Much later, incongruously, he received his degree from the Wharton School of Business where, for his senior thesis, he submitted three original TV scripts, which he later sold. And then along came Hollywood. With his childhood best friend and collaborator, Richard Levinson, they became legends in their own time. Link and Levinson created fourteen on-the-air TV series including Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Mannix, McCloud, Ellery Queen, The Bold Ones, as well as the Broadway musical, Merlin, motion pictures, stage plays and books. After Levinson's untimely death in 1987, Link co-created two more television series, Probe and The Cosby Mysteries, wrote plays, short stories, and was president of the Mystery Writers of America. As Link said, a business education was a safety net if he and Levinson failed in a writing career. They never did and millions of television viewers have been enriched by their success.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Crippen & Landru Publishers; First edition (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932009949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932009941
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Randy Johnson VINE VOICE on July 2, 2010
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A fine group of short stories by one of the creators of the famous show. Peter Falk is unfortunately suffering from Alzheimer's I believe(best wishes to him and his family). These tales are a good way to remember him and the marvelous character he fleshed out on the many episodes.

Not really mysteries, the show never was, it's really about Columbo matching wits with criminals who usually mistake his little mannerisms for stupidity. There's even one story where the murderer, a cop, says, "I know all your little tricks!"

It does him no good.

the fun here is watching Columbo slowly manuever these killers until there's no where they can bluff their way out.

Worth a look.
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This is an above average collection of mystery stories featuring the greatest tv dectective of them all. Twelve stories in all, unless you purchase the hardback copy (and its worth it, got mine today) which features a pamplet with a thirteenth Columbo story, "Columbo's Mistake." Some reviews of this book have lamented the brevity of the stories, but remember these are "short stories." And while i too would like for some of the stories to be longer and more detailed their brevity does not detract from the over all quality of the book. Anyone of these stories could be fleshed out into a full length Columbo movie, and the book is a fine addition to the Columbo cannon. Stories included in the book are:

1) The Criminal Criminal Attorney, in which a lawyer becomes judge jury and executioner.

2) Grief (one of my favorites) In whcih the presence of a doggie bowl and the lack of a dog start Columbo to thinking

3) A Dish Best Served Cold, (another favorite) in which the lack of finger prints on a bottle of scotch point to a killer

4) Richochet, in which a would be Presidential assasin is himself assasinated, and Columbo must over come his fear of flying.

5) Scout's Honor, in which a potential father in law proves deadly, and a troop of scouts helps Columbo uncover important evidence of murder.

6) Sucker Punch (another favorite), In which an ex-champion welterweight boxer may have a strong motive for murder.

7) The Blackest Mail, in which a young actresses' past returns to haunt her.

8) The Gun that Wasn't, in which a cop killer uses the postal service to despose of the murder weapon.

9) Requiem for a Hitman, in which a woman contacts a hitman to murder her husband, and then murders him.
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My husband and I really enjoyed the Columbo TV series/movies. (We are buying the DVD's as they become available.) I was sorry to hear of Peter Falk's passing. This book is a good way to obtain some additional Columbo, since no more shows will be made (at least with Peter Falk). The book was written by William Link, one of the original creators of Columbo who, of course, knows Columbo better than most. As you read each story, you can totally picture Columbo in his rumpled raincoat, holding his chewed up cigar, with a (quite deceiving) dim-witted expression on his face. The only thing I didn't like about the 12 stories was that they were short, so the characters and plots weren't able to get very well developed before Columbo solved the mystery. I would, however, still recommend the book to any Columbo fan.
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Since this was written by the co-creator of the character, I'd hoped for better. It's not bad. Columbo is definitely there. The stories themselves are so-so. They're written in a very spare style that moves quickly, but I thought it lost a lot of the flavor that made the Columbo tv show so much fun. I think the stories would have benefitted from a fuller, richer exposition and character development (of the non-Columbo characters) even at the expense of story pace.
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I am a diehard Columbo fan and I was extremely excited to learn about this book of columbo short stories was coming out. Perhaps I expected too much, especially from short stories but I am extremely disappointed with these set of stories. I do believe that the biggest problem is that the stories are too short to get the real feel of what I'm so used to...a 1 1/2- 2 hour TV movie. The short stories do not always follow the same format...get to know the killer, discover his motive, watch the murder actually take place, watch as Columbo slowly discovers the clues he needs to convict the killer, see his expressions, particularly the wonderful "look" he gives when he knows who did it. These stories just don't have the Columbo 'feel' to them. For the most part, reading these stories is very much like reading any old murder mystery short story that I have from my old Alfred Hitchcock books. Columbo in the stories just doesn't sound like Columbo. As of this writing I have only two more stories to read and I'm not excited to read them. What should have taken me one or two days to read because of my anticipation has dragged out to weeks because I am just not motivated much to read the stories. As an avid fan of Columbo I would say that if you are just a fan of the columbo movies, just stick to them. If you are a huge fan like me and feel like you need anything that comes along about Columbo, then you might as well purchase this book but don't be surprised if you're disappointed as I am. Perhaps you can hold off and get a used copy for a cheaper price. I now wish I had.
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