Harry O: Book of Changes (ABC 15 Jan 1976, with Joanne Nail)

In Book of Changes Harry has to help a young woman, Jamie, who has witnessed the murder of her illegal gambling club owner boss Kate Maxwell. Kate had a book, stolen at the same time she was murdered, that contained incriminating information about prominent people in the city.

Although we know that Jamie witnessed the murder the police, ie Lt Trench, thinks she may well have murdered Kate. It was Jamie’s gun used to kill her and she was seen running away from Kate’s office.

Meanwhile the killer is using the book to blackmail the well connected people in it. The case gets murkier when the killer then turns up dead. Harry’s situation is made more difficult by the fact that Jamie is staying with him and she is compulsive liar.

A typically strong episode enlivened by the character of Jamie played by Joanne Nail. She clearly needs someone to believe in her and in the end it turns out to Peter Wesler, the radio ham son of Assistant D.A. John Wesler (who is also in Kate’s book).

Harry O Book of Changes Lt Trench

Anthony Zerbe is Lt Trench who has a love hate relationship with Harry however he ultimately respects Harry’s skills as a private investigator.

production details
USA / ABC / 1×45 minute episode / Broadcast 15 January 1976

Writers: Michael Sloan, Michael Adams / Story: Michael Adams / Director: Russ Mayberry

Series: Harry O Season 2 Episode 15

David Janssen as Harry Orwell
Anthony Zerbe as Lt. K.C. Trench
Joanne Nail as Jamie
Russell Wiggins as Peter Wesler
Richard Kelton as Bruce Cantrell
John S. Ragin as John Wesler
Barbara Rhoades as Linda Maris
Rita Gam as Naomi Cline
David Healy as Mike Gorman
Jack Mullaney as Cab Driver
Paul Tulley as Sgt. Roberts
Byron Mabe as Ted Arlington
Patsy Garrett as Manageress
Susan Woollen as Secretary
Llynn Storer as Medical Examiner
Barbara Cason as Kate

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