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 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…
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.