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THE COLUMBO COLLECTION
"William Link's television work has won four Edgars and two Emmys. Among other series, his executive producer credits include "Ellery Queen," "Murder, She Wrote," and "The Cosby Mysteries." But he'll always be remembered best as one of the creators of the immortal Columbo, thereby changing the face of TV detection forever. We're thrilled to welcome him to The Mystery Bookstore to sign this anthology of 12 never–before–seen short stories featuring the man in the tan raincoat."
-- Mystery Bookstore, Westwood, CA
Mystery Bookstore selected THE COLUMBO COLLECTION for their July Delicate But Deadly Club Selection.
"Link has a natural ear
for dialogue, in particular giving voice to the character of
Columbo, fleshing him out as a detective hero who is genuinely
gracious, awkwardly modest, and completely unforgettable. ... Not
only is Link a clever plotter, but he demonstrates his sensitivity
in stories like "Grief," in which Columbo learns the misguided
reason why someone would run down an elderly retired physician. ...
JUST ONE MORE THING Lieutenant Columbo -- short, unkempt,
shapeless raincoat flapping open, unlit cigar in his hand-- turns
towards the murderer who is certain that this undistinguished
plainclothesman will never see through his perfect crime. Then --
just one more thing and the murderer realizes that his murder plot
has unraveled. Columbo, played by the marvelous Peter Falk, appeared
as a made-for-television movie in 1968, then the long-running series
in 1971 and kept coming back over the decades. One of the finest
detective series ever to appear on television, Columbo was created
by William Link and his late collaborator Richard Levinson. With The
Columbo Collection, Link has written 12 brilliant new stories in
which murderers try to get away with murder but come up against the
rumpled but unflappable Lieutenant Columbo.
If you enjoyed the Columbo TV series, or even if you didn't, you
might enjoy this Crippen & Landru collection of original stories by
William Link, one of its creators. You probably know that Crippen &
Landru publishes great reprints, but this collection isn't a
reprint. As I said above, it's all original. These stories weren't
done as part of the TV series, and they've never appeared in print
before. And take a look at the cover. It's by Al Hirschfield,
and I'm sure you can find his daughter's name hidden in it. But can
you find the hidden gallows and noose? I'm looking for it, myself.
This just arrived at Casa de Crider, but I'm looking forward to
reading some of these inverted detective stories and seeing how
Columbo figures things out.
Los Angeles Police Detective Lieutenant Columbo, arguably the
greatest fictional detective originally created for television,
appears in a dozen sharply plotted and written new stories, all in
the inverted tradition, by surviving co-creator William Link whose
first story with long-time collaborator Richard Levinson appeared in
the November 1954 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Lest you think all is gloom these days, I recommend you pick up
The Columbo Collection by William Link. Link was one of the creators
of the Columbo TV series, but this isn't a collection of stories
based on the shows. It’s all new and all original. none of the
stories has appeared in print before, but they're all just as much
fun as the TV show was. If you have fond memories of the series,
you'll get a lot of pleasure from this book.
When it comes to the being the master of deductive reasoning no
one comes even close to Lieutenant Columbo. Not Hercule Poirot's
little grey cells. Not Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, or Lord Peter
Wimsey. What separates Columbo from these classic greats is his
everyman nature, his unassuming personality, his crooked smile, and
his constant state of confusion when working a case. He might look
like a bumbling fool to most of the killers he interviews. The
guilty believe that they have put one over on Columbo by getting
away with a perfect murder. However after he leaves, he happens to
return a few minutes later to ask "Just one more thing," and then
they are finished. They have been outsmarted, outwitted, and
outplayed (just like a game of SURVIVOR) by this lowly detective who
managed to find the one thing that will convict them for life.
Whether it be a used cigarette, a wrinkled dress suit, or a package
delivery. When he gets you, he gets you.
Some great blog reviews from Les Blatt!
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