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Just One More Thing Book Review

Updated on August 18, 2019

About the book

Author: Peter Falk

Publisher: Arrow Books

Published: 2008

Pages: 280

The Book

I've always been a fan of Peter Falk and his role in the Columbo series. So when I saw this book on Amazon, I decided to buy it. Peter talks about his acting career from the very beginning and the many people he has worked with. The beginning of the book tells us how he lost his eye. This I found very interesting as I always did wonder this. In his early years, Peter did a lot of theatre work and moved into films.

In his early days, Peter tells us about his time in the army and subsequently moving into acting as a career. He specifically points out that when he wrote the book he wanted to make each chapter quite short and to the point. He knew that this would grab the readers attention and that it can become quite a chore if the chapters are rather long. There are, as it happens, quite a lot of chapters in the book. In fact, there are 63 chapters, not including the forward and epilogue. But as I say, he likes to keep things short and brief. Actually, some of the chapters may only be 1 or 2 pages long. But I found this a good thing. Peter did have a very long and extensive acting career and worked with many people. He has a lot to tell! There are a lot of pictures included of himself and with co-workers and of directors/producers he has had the pleasure of working with.

During his career, he travelled a lot to film locations and tells us about his trips abroad and some of the antics he got into. Of course, there is also Columbo. It is still re-run on television today, so the show is still popular. He tells us interesting little stories about how Columbo came about and that famous mac that he wore throughout the whole of Columbo. He also tells us about the dogs that they used. Actually, I didn't think he spoke that much about Columbo, which I found quite surprising as this was such a big part of his life.

The chapters and stories in the book are more like anecdotes of things that have happened throughout the course of his life. He does talk about a bit about his personal life - growing up with his loving parents, his marriage and not getting into acting until he was 28 years of age.

I was 28 and I decided to become an actor. I told my father and he said, "You gonna paint your face and make an ass of yourself the rest of your life?" I said, "That's right." He shook my hand and said good luck.

— Peter Falk

My thoughts

For someone who is after more biographical account of Peter Falk's life, then I wouldn't consider this book to read. This is more of an anecdotal account of his life and acting career. Each chapter gives short snippets of information about his personal and professional career. I rather enjoyed reading this. Although the book is 280 pages long, it won't take you too long to read. The book contains plenty of pictures.

I like the fact that each chapter is broken down to short stories giving you little titbits of information. There is also some funny stories in the book which made me laugh. One thing I learned about him, he certainly had a sense of humour and up for a joke. Also, I didn't know he could draw. He contains a few pictures in the book of some of his drawings, and he was rather quite good! The only thing I found a little disappointing was the fact that he didn't really talk too much about Columbo. But I still found what he did write very interesting and informative.

If, like me, you are a fan of Peter Falk and don't want something too big or heavy to read, I think you would enjoy this book. It's short and snappy, and plenty of laughs in it to keep you amused.

© 2019 Louise Powles


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      greg cain 

      15 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      I really did love Columbo. He was the best, and thinking of him reminds me of family evenings around TV as a kid--seems like almost everything we watched was suitable for everyone in the family. Anyway...your review is a nice mix of giving and not giving too much. I enjoyed it, and it has me piqued. Nice work.

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      Cynthia Zirkwitz 

      23 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Louise, your review of Peter Falk's book makes it sound like the light trip down Memory Lane I enjoy when I feel a little emotionally scuffed and needing a break from the Internet. I miss that era of TV and really enjoyed Columbo. I think I would also miss more references to it in his book. Good review!

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Like Dora, I didn't know that Peter Falk was a writer. His book sounds interesting. I think I would enjoy learning more about him through his writing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Never knew Peter Falk as an author. I also loved him in Columbo. Thanks for the review.

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes, I'll add some text. =)

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      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Could you add some of what Falk actually says?

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks, Louise. Columbo is still one of my favorite shows. Those guys could act during that time, and Peter was one of the best. Great review.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Loved watching Columbo - still do when they repeat it here which is quite often.

      Will have to look out for this book as it sounds good.


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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Liz, thankyou for the lovely comment. =)

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      This is a great book review. It gives a real idea of what the book is like without giving too much detail away. It takes me back a bit, as I remember watching Columbo too.


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