Don't even get me started on those "supposed" Columbo books!
I will say though that you did the best thing possible. You read the book at the library and didn't spend one single cent on it! If you were to ask me, the guy who wrote those books (now dead of suicide, if I recall my "Ted" information correctly) should now have to pay YOU money for having wasted time reading that incredibly non-Columbo, Columbo book.
I guess you did kind of get me started on those Columbo books after all, didn't you?