A publisher hires a bomb enthusiast to murder a bestselling author of sex novels. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

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Riley Greenleaf
Mickey Spillane ...
Alan Mallory
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Eileen McRae
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Jeffrey Neal
John Davis Chandler ...
Eddie Kane (as John Chandler)
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Lou D'Allessandro
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David Chase
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Sgt. Young
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Wolpert
Ted Gehring ...
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Vern Rowe ...
Restaurant Manager
Lew Palter ...
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George Brenlin ...
Locksmith
J.S. Johnson ...
Palmer
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Riley Greenleaf is a publisher and Alan Mallory, a successful writer, is his principal asset. But Alan Mallory has decided to change publishers. Riley threatens to kill Alan. Then he hires Eddie Kane, a Vietnam veteran, to murder Alan and to leave evidence that the killer is Riley himself, who has an excellent alibi. But a key will betray him. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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18 January 1974 (USA)  »

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Columbo mentions a colleague who was a bestselling author. This is probably a reference to Joseph Wambaugh, a LAPD detective sergeant who rose to fame in the 1970's for his realistic police novels. See more »

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Eddie Kane mentions a "Bouncing Betty" to Riley Greenleaf, but when asked what it is, he describes an ordinary landmine. See more »

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Lieutenant Columbo: For $100,000, ya don't kill off Rock Hudson.
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The Publisher
22 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Jack Cassidy returns as another killer, this time a publisher called Riley Greenleaf who is about to lose one of his top authors to a rival firm, so concocts an elaborate scheme to give himself a drunken alibi, ending in jail after a forced auto accident, that brings in Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) who first believes it to be a frame-up, but the later murder of the actual, bomb-making assassin(and would-be author) puts the case in a whole new direction. Mariette Hartley guest stars. Exciting episode with Cassidy playing a character not unlike the one he played before('Murder By The Book') A shame some plot connection couldn't have been made from that...


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