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Re: Publish or Perish question

Hey Pete,

Thanks for your answer, I am sorry maybe my English is not good enough. I understand the meaning of the plot and everything is fine about that. What I mean is that this outline is quite long - obviously a lot of pages written. I think it takes a long time to write something like that on the typewriter. Especially that Greenleaf wrote 2 copies - for himself and for Eddie's drawer. So that means that our dear Riley had to spend a lot of time in Eddie's apartment to write it. This is what I meant :)

Re: Publish or Perish question

I see what you mean. It's either a plot hole, or you can assume that Riley owned the typewriter and typed the manuscripts himself every night. Then, just before he planned to kill Kane, he gave the typewriter to him as a gift. That way Greenleaf only had to type the outline at Kane's house and would have the entire manuscript stored in his safe.

Re: Publish or Perish question

About the key: the locksmith would go to the office and either take the lock apart and work out how to grind a new key, or put in a blank key and put turning pressure on and the marks on the blank would show what needs to be ground away to make a new key.

The mystery to me is why Greenleaf would make it look like he was being framed and put himself into the situation, when all he had to do was make the false alibi, then nothing.

Re: Publish or Perish question

I think Greenleaf wanted to frame Eddie Kane. Columbo said to Riley: "somebody has a copy of that new key, and when I find that key, I have my murderer". So Greenleaf had a new key made and planted on Eddie Kane. The problem was, Columbo was setting him up from the beginning.