I have read several of Harrington's Columbo books and tried to keep an open mind about them. However, this book in particular lacks the qualities that made Columbo such an entertaining character. We know who committed the crime, we know Columbo knows; the mystery is "how is Columbo going to catch them?" Columbo needs to constantly be around the villain, asking questions. It is the interaction between him and the murderer that makes him so entertaining. Harrington misses the boat on this one. Columbo only talks to the murdrer a few times in this book. Harrington also relies too heavily on Columbo's "signature" items: the cigar, the raincoat, Dog, the car. Other than the fact that these items are around, this character is nothing like the Columbo that we know. Harrington has added an investigative reporter into the mix which just doesn't fit. He has Columbo relying too heavily on other people. Perhaps Mr. Harrington would be served well to watch some of the Columbo reruns on A&E to discover who his main character is supposed to be.