In the classic novel Crime and Punishment, a young man commits a crime at the very beginning and the rest of the story revolvs around how a determined policeman uses deduction and psychological pressure to finally make the suspect confess to his crime.
In the TV series Columbo, Peter Falk plays an unassuming police detective who always befriends the criminal after surveying the crime scene. The criminal predictable tries hi/her best to be in Columbo's good books while trying to throw the suspicion on someone else. On the other hand, Columbo, keeps questioning the criminal while trying to piece together the puzzling mystery, eventually making the criminal say or do something which exposes his crime. The cat and mouse game played in every episode of Columbo always has a unique plot, a very clever criminal and Columbo's insatiable quest for the truth. I have often asked myself, if Peter Falk did not play the role of Columbo, who else could have done full justice to this character. The answer invariably has been: Nobody !