Lt. Columbo must have complained about having to solve all those high-profile historical crimes (Columbo: The Helter Skelter...

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COLUMBO: THE GAME-SHOW KILLER

Lt. Columbo must have complained about having to solve all those high-profile historical crimes (Columbo: The Helter Skelter Murders, 1994, etc.): The homicide in his fourth outing is actually fictional rather than fictionalized. Grant Kellogg, frustrated at the pennies he takes home from defending celebrity criminals, plots with Vanna White look-alike Erika Bj"rling to kill Tim Wylie, the big star who secretly fathered the daughter she lost to a killer six years ago--planning to plant enough clues against her to give the case seven-figure publicity value the two of them can milk, but to fake an 11th-hour alibi for her at the same time. As the killers methodically concoct misleading evidence, rumpled Columbo follows, tirelessly dismantling the case piece by piece. Kind of a drag not only for Columbo, who spends most of his time wading through red herrings, but for all except his most devoted fans.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Forge/Tor

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1996