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.
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Did You Know?
Columbo reviews the key plot points from a previous episode, Columbo: Candidate for Crime
(1973). Riley Greenleaf responds, "Lieutenant, very frankly, I don't give a damn about your senator or your story." See more
Although Greenleaf's publishing company is located in Los Angeles (where Columbo works), a cover letter is addressed to him in New York City. See more
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