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Columbo: The Hoover Files [Mass Market Paperback]

William Harrington
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Forge (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812562747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812562743
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,468,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When a biographer threatens to reveal secrets buried in the Hoover files, Lt. Columbo must determine if a former FBI agent will stop at nothing--including murder--to keep those secrets hidden. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good... 26 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This was a pretty good Columbo story. The characters were interesting and the story was well told. The only problems i had with the book was 1) it was too short 2) the killer was way too obvious (even Columbo should have figured it out by page 50!). Still, this book is a great way to spend an afternoon
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1.0 out of 5 stars Harrington slaughters our favorite tv detective! 10 Feb 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Columbo story 1 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This was a good, but predictable, Columbo story. I just wish they wouldn't tell who did it and why right up front. Would be more fun to try to figure it out right along with Columbo.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Columbo, but research was poor. 9 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Have enjoyed all of the Harrington Columbo's. Great for plane trips or even motel nights while on a Road Trip. This one pleased as always, but I found the shoddy research bothersome. No one in Southern California heats their home with oil and to find a block of up-scale private homes on West Santa Monica Boulevard (let alone be able to close the street because of a bomb) is really a stretch. Outside of that enjoyed the book and the references to previous Columbo books. Hope the series continues (with tighter research).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Harrington slaughters our favorite tv detective! 10 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story With My Favorite TV Character 21 Oct 2012
By jiffy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lieutenant Columbo is my all-time favorite TV character, and I have now read all six of the Columbo mysteries by the late William Harrington. I'm sorry there won't be more. The books aren't perfect but they provide wonderful entertainment for Columbo fans. In this book a former FBI agent who greatly admired J. Edgar Hoover is outraged to learn that a writer is planning a biography of Hoover which reveals previously unknown and very scandalous information. To prevent the publication of the book, the agent plants explosives to kill the author and destroy her files. As in all Columbo stories, we watch the perpetrator plan and carry out his crime so there is never any question about who is guilty. Usually Columbo also knows who did it--he just has to get the proof. In this book, however, he doesn't know, and he solves the crime in a much more conventional way. We don't have his customary cat-and-mouse game with the criminal and I missed it. But I still found The Hoover Files a very enjoyable book and I thought it was true to the character of Lieutenant Columbo.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 3 Mar 2014
By Carole Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is always a pleasure to read a favorite book sent in such wonderful condition. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Columbo 15 Mar 2013
By Denise A. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Have always loved Columbo and Peter Falk. When I discovered this series, I knew I had to get the remaining books to complete my collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo: The Hoover Files 31 Jan 2013
By Vladimir - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I very like to watch films about Lt. Columbo. Book condition is very good. Ovner was very accurate with this book.
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