I always thought the coolest detective on TV was Columbo. With his self-effacing, unassuming approach, Columbo stayed under the radar of suspects, who underestimated him as a trifling annoyance. He rarely butted heads with suspects, avoided ego battles, and remained polite and cordial. Under the veil of being a disheveled, stumbling bumpkin, Columbo would doggedly dig, question and connect dots until he ensnared the unsuspecting murderer.
Writers can learn a lot from Columbo’s approach. Here are four ways how: