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Columbo Phile 30th anniversary reprint available now!

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No more of that FILTH, Lieutenant – The Columbo Phile is ready to be read!

Exciting news! Mark Dawidziak’s masterpiece tome The Columbo Phile has been reprinted to mark its 30th anniversary and is available now!

Published in 1989, but five years in the making, Dawidziak’s book chronicles the creation and evolution of the series and features detailed overviews and analysis of all 45 ‘classic era’ episodes between 1968 and 1978.

Dawidziak also secured interviews with many of the show’s stars and production team members, including Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Roddy McDowall, Leonard Nimoy, William Link and Steven Bochco. Their input helps ensure the book has had no equal in Columbo circles since it was printed.

The Columbo Phile 30th anniversary edition

The 30th anniversary edition (pictured above) features a new preface, an overview of the ‘new’ Columbo episodes from 1989-2003, some additional photography and a remembrance of Peter Falk, who died in 2011. Dawidziak estimates there’s an additional 10,000 words of prose not featured in the original version.

What will most appeal to fans is the more accessible price tag. The original is now only available second hand and copies can cost in excess of $100. The new version can be purchased for just $30, making it an absolute bargain! So what are you waiting for? Dive in…



*At time of writing, Amazon UK claims book is out of stock. However, you can order it and it will be shipped as soon as stock arrives, which won’t be long!

You can also read my interview with Mr Dawidziak from earlier this year in which he recounts the 5-year journey to get the book published. Check out that here.

You can also read more about The Columbo Phile book, and why it’s such an important one for lovers of the Lieutenant, right here.

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Drop everything you’re currently reading and get your hands on The Columbo Phile!

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22 thoughts on “Columbo Phile 30th anniversary reprint available now!

  1. Just got the notice from Amazon that it was delivered! I can’t wait to start reading this thing. And just one more thing for those that haven’t ordered yet…it’s marked down $1.50 which we all know is at least a few hours salary for the lieutenant.

  2. Mine just arrived! But I hate reading! Oh well. It’s nice to have on the shelf to rep the fearless Lt. Someone tell me how it ends!

  3. I ordered a copy as soon as I saw this post. Tomorrow is my birthday and this is a most wonderful present to myself!

  4. Right I’ve finally got round to adding Columbophile to my iPhone home screen. Hopefully will make commenting easier for me!

  5. I’d like to read it but I’m not getting it shipped from the US. Wonder if there’s any chance of a Kindle version…

    • It’s on Amazon UK as well. I ordered as a physical book because I love them. I want to enjoy Kindles but I don’t enjoy the experience.

  6. Oh no kindle version yet ? I have to admit I prefer digital, I hope its coming as a kindle version as well 🙁 and hopefully he will do a real updated book with all the 1989-2003 episodes. many actors and crew members of the later episodes are still in the showbusiness and he probably would be able to get a lot of interesting interviews and stories.

  7. Awesome! Thank you Columbophile for informing us of these great news- will order. Is a great source for Columbo-reference and all kind of information. I just wish there was more mention of Margaret in the plot section of the Ransom episode- just the picture of Leslie looking at herself in the mirror- (p.36) the “old bag” message with the letters. At least she appears in the index- Patricia Mattick, page 33.
    Best regards,

    Ed from Miami 👍


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