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Columbo: The Helter Skelter Murders (Columbo (Tor Series) #2)

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The wife of a wealthy Los Angeles businessman is found murdered in her bed with her lover, with the words Helter Skelter painted in blood on the walls. Columbo, America's favorite TV detective, must ask himself whether the horror of the Manson himself is ordering a fresh new round of atrocities from his San Quentin prison cell?

To solve this case Columbo will have to face e
Paperback, 303 pages
Published July 15th 1995 by Forge Books (first published 1994)
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Aug 05, 2016 Marla rated it liked it
I forgot how much I love it when Columbo is walking away and turns and says something like, "Uh, sorry, something is bugging me so I just have one more question?" I don't remember him having a Mrs. Columbo on the TV series, but I like him referring to her.

Lost this book on my desk at work. :D

The book opens with Columbo arriving at the original Manson murder scene. Then the Khoury murder unfolds from the murderer's point of view and then Columbo shows up to investigate. There was no real mystery
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Jul 30, 2011 Gregory Mcdonald rated it really liked it
A fun read for any long time fan of Columbo on television. More graphic and violent the any of his on screen cases to be sure,but you kind of have to assume that from the title. Let's be honest you can't write a book conected in any way to one of the most brutal crimes in American history and have it be PG rated. Despite these chanages from the screen presentation Harrington stil manages to capture and bring to life all the little quirks and conventions that have made Columbo one of the most ico ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Nicolas rated it liked it
This was a pretty average Columbo story. It was decent, but not particularly interesting or suspenseful. A problem I have with the series is the author's need to have it tie in to some famous case. (Book 1 was JFK, this was Charles Manson, the next is Jimmy Hoffa.) It takes away the simplicity of Columbo's style. I also feel like he gives you a little too much insight into Columbo's thought process. Once of the great things about the TV series was that you just never knew what was rattling aroun ...more
Mar 16, 2013 J.M. rated it liked it
I'm not a huge Columbo fan (not like my sister), but I do enjoy the TV shows, mostly because the mystery isn't who did it but rather how Columbo catches him. I'm not a big mystery fan and like being told upfront who did the deed.

This book is fast-paced and engaging. I read it quickly, and enjoyed the way it mirrors the television show. I thought the whole Manson family connection was tenuous at best, but overall I enjoyed it. I'd read more in this series.
Oct 18, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
This was the last in this series I had to read. I think it was,by far, the BEST. I loved how Columbo was able to stay so cool while talking with Charles Manson. Brrrrrr! Gives me the chills just thinking about it.
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Shelves: mysteries-read
an enjoyable quick read if you like the TV show.
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