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 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 1970s for his realistic police novels. At that time, the award winning drama Police Story
(1973) was also being broadcast on NBC. See more
Just before the manuscript service arrives, Columbo is drinking from a red plastic cup, like a thermos top. When the man arrives and Columbo speaks to him, the cup is gone. Even after he rises from his chair and spins it around so the desk top comes into view, the cup is nowhere to be seen. See more
[sarcastically to Eddie as he throws bombs in dump
Bravo, Eddie! Very efficient and may I add that you are truly a living tribute to American ingenuity. A bit depressing for the rats, but, uh, what's one less rat in the world, eh, Eddie?