Kojak's operative, an undercover lawyer, is killed investigating endless opportunities for graft provided by an elaborate makeover for an inner city neighborhood. The hoods make the murder ... See full summary »

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Kojak's operative, an undercover lawyer, is killed investigating endless opportunities for graft provided by an elaborate makeover for an inner city neighborhood. The hoods make the murder appear to be an auto accident, delighting those who'll benefit from the bottomless pork barrel. The developer has a spotless rep, plus a mistress working for the planning commission, forcing Kojak to use unconventional tactics to confront the cabal. Written by David Stevens

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Whitney Farrow: What was that all about?
Paul Merchison: A detective lieutenant bucking for captain's bars. He won't be back.
Whitney Farrow: [scoffs] I seem to remember someone saying that about Napoleon.
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High level corruption
1 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A lawyer who was working undercover as an informant is silenced and his death made to look like an automobile accident. That fools no one, not the medical examiner and definitely not Theo Kojak.

Not even Captain McNeill knows that Telly Savalas has an interesting other informant on a case involving a big construction project where the mob as represented by Nicholas Colasanto has got their hooks in. Imagine a project like Co-op City in the Bronx where we're talking billions, who's going to miss a few million that gets skimmed.

The builder, the face of the project is Michael McGuire who's got a Sammy Glick like drive for success. He may love Gretchen Corbett who is secretary to the Zoning Commission, but he values her insider information a whole lot more.

Back in the 70s it was unwritten and unspoken truism that organized crime always raked off any construction project of some consequence in New York City. I wish there had been a Theo Kojak in real life dealing with it.


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