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Mr. Monk Goes to Germany [Kindle Edition]

Lee Goldberg
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Book Description

Adrian Monk is on a roll solving murders as fast as they come, and not counting his Wheat Chex until they're in the bowl. But when his therapist, Dr. Kroger, leaves for Germany, Monk can't tie his shoes, forgets how to swallow, and loses track of his blinking. Desperate, he follows Dr. Kroger to Germany where he sees a man with six fingers. The man responsible for his wife's death or was it just his imagination? Now Monk has to deal with his phobias and the unfriendly polizei to find his man.

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The sixth novel (after 2007's Mr. Monk in Outer Space) based on the popular Monk TV series created by Andy Breckman effectively meets the challenges of translating the screen concept to the page. Monk, an extreme sufferer of obsessive-compulsive disorder who left the San Francisco police department after his journalist wife, Trudy, was killed in a car bombing, decides to accompany his psychotherapist, Dr. Kroger, to a professional conference in Germany so that he won't miss his weekly therapy session. Once in Germany, Monk spots a six-fingered man he believes may have ordered the hit on Trudy. The discovery that the man is an old acquaintance of his psychotherapist leads Monk to investigate Kroger as well. Despite the lack of the TV series' visual humor and the performance of actor Tony Shalhoub, Goldberg does a decent job of conveying both the sleuth's quirks and his genius.
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About the Author

Lee Goldberg has written episodes for the Monk television series, as well as many other programs. He is a two-time Edgar Award nominee and the author of the acclaimed Diagnosis Murder novels, based on the TV series for which he was a writer and executive producer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451220994
  • Publisher: NAL; Reprint edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UGMQ4
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Monk Goes to Germany July 8, 2008
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Mr. Monk Goes to Germany

The latest book in Lee Goldberg's Mr. Monk Series is well-paced and exciting. The chapters speed by as though you are watching a good movie.
Monk is coping fairly well when Dr. Kroger announces that he is going to Germany for a weeklong conference. Within 24 hours Monk has turned into an emotional wreck fraught with abandonment issues. He is convinced that Dr. Kroger cares deeply about him and won't be annoyed about being followed overseas. He pays Natalie's way for her and with a bit of chemical help "The Monk" flies to Germany with his assistant.
The book is full of comedic moments as Natalie navigates their way to the village where the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs originated. Picture Monk staying in a centuries old house built without any right angles! There is just enough description of the charming setting around Lohr, local customs, and people to make the book interesting, but it never becomes the focal point.
Naturally there is no such thing as a quiet vacation (including routine appointments with a less than pleased Dr. Kroger at the conference center) when Monk is around. The bodies start to show up almost immediately which puts the village's tiny police department into a tailspin. Again the writing is clever as we meet Commissioner Stoffmacher and Lt. Geshir who just happen to have a Skipper/Gilligan relationship like Stottlemeyer and Disher back home!
Monk spots a six-fingered man in the village, and immediately the detecting becomes very personal for him. Although the man is an upstanding citizen Monk is determined to find criminal evidence against him and works relentlessly to this end. There are many twists and turns to the plot as Monk with Natalie at his side digs for the truth.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Monk's European Vacation July 1, 2008
This sixth `Monk' novel is a breeze of a read. It's very entertaining, the mystery elements are neatly handled and there's plenty of Monk madness to enjoy. And yet, for all that, I have to admit that I found this the least satisfying of the `Monk' novels so far published.

Monk is horrified when his psychiatrist, Dr. Kroger, suddenly announces that he is going to Germany for a week to attend a conference. How will Monk cope without his regular sessions with the good doctor? The answer to that soon becomes apparent when Dr. Kroger tries to pacify Monk by arranging for Dr. Jonah Sorenson, the one-armed psychiatrist who we first met in the television episode `Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink'. Sorenson's lack of body symmetry has our obsessive compulsive detective in something of a cold sweat. Added to this is the fact that Monk's new neighbor only has one leg. Monk slips into a state of "tearless weeping" and "losing count of his blinking." He decides that the only course of action left open to him is to follow Dr. Kroger to Germany.

Monk's unease about people with physical anomalies is about to become even more pronounced because he suddenly notices a man who has six fingers on his right hand. This is especially significant to Monk because his wife's murderer was hired by an eleven-fingered man.

Where I have some difficulty with this novel is in some of the situations that Monk and Natalie get into and how they react to those situations. Obviously, with a television series as the basis for a novel, you can't help but refer back to the characters as they appear on screen. In the television episode, `Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine', as I remember it, when Monk is under the influence of the personality-altering drug, Dioxynl, his usefulness as a detective is non-existent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was unsure August 7, 2008
A huge fan of the Monk series, I was afraid the book would ruin the TV experience for me. As long as you are up to date on Monk, reading any of these books will not ruin the show, however if you have not seen Monk, or at least the first few seasons, it may cause some confusion or spoil some upcoming shows.

I found myself laughing out loud at typical Monk antics, even late at night while reading before bed. I came here to order every Monk book I do not have and thought I would share with others what a wonderful experience these books have been! If your on the fence as a TV Monk fan, get the books, you won't be sorry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Monk strikes again September 4, 2008
These books are so much fun, they almost make all my issues small by comparison. I have read all the books and anxiously look forward to the next one. If you are looking for pure escapism when you read, pick up these books. The characters are fun and believable (well, as believable as Monk can be), the stories are well written and you do not have to watch the series to enjoy them (I don't have cable and have only seen 1-2 episodes). If you want a fun read, read MONK!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very very funny December 15, 2009
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In this sixth installment in Lee Goldberg's series of TV tie-ins, Adrian Monk and his assistant Natalie Teeger travel to Lohr, Germany (home of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) in pursuit of Monk's vacationing psychiatrist, Dr. Kroger. Naturally, while they're stalking Kroger, Monk and Natalie encounter a corpse or two, as well as the German equivalents of Captain Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher. Monk also has a run-in with someone potentially more significant, the man who, Monk suspects, was responsible for his wife Trudy's death--the one murder he's never been able to solve.

Mr. Monk Goes to Germany is an unusually appealing addition to Goldberg's delightful series. In part this is because it advances the story of Monk's hunt for Trudy's killer. Mostly, though, it's because it's riddled with politically incorrect humor about people with physical abnormalities--the web-footed and six-fingered and fur-covered among us. For Monk, the trouble starts at home, when a one-legged man moves in upstairs. The poor man's suffering--he was compelled in the wild to saw off his own leg and eat it--is as nothing compared to Monk's horror at the man's asymmetry and the disquieting propinquity of a cannibal.

"'He's up there,' he said. 'I can hear him hopping around on one foot.'

'Good,' I said. 'You should feel securing knowing exactly where he is.'

'It's the incessant beat of imminent death,' Monk said. 'Hop. Hop. Hop.'

'I'm sure it's not that bad,' I said.

'Hop. Hop. Hop.'

'Try earplugs,' I said. 'Or cotton balls.'

'Hop. Hop. Hop.'

'Put a pillow over your head,' I said.

'Hop. Hop. Hop.'

'I get the point, Mr. Monk. I'm sure he'll sit down soon for dinner.'

'That's what I'm afraid of,' Monk said."

Great stuff. I'm very much looking forward to the next Mr. Monk novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, your teens will like to.
if you liked the show you will love this series. the author does a great job of staying true to the character while also giving more backstory and go more in depth of monk and... Read more
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As enjoyable as watching the TV series !
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I LOVE THIS SERIES OF BOOKS!!! Keep up the great work!
Published 4 months ago by Lisa
2.0 out of 5 stars Resolution incomplete
I do not like that Natalie never really apologized to Dr. Kroger for punching him. And Monk never truly acknowledged that he was wrong about concluding that the dr. killed Trudy.
Published 7 months ago by Stacey Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Monk and the six-fingered Doctor
I liked the MONK television series, but I enjoy Goldberg's novels even better. They are told from Natalie's point of view. Read more
Published 12 months ago by SpikeLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Monk at his best
If you love watching the TV show you will LOVE this book and any other of the Mr. Monk books. They are just great.
Published 13 months ago by Dee Dee Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars It was like going to Germany!
The trip and descriptions of the setting are worth the read alone. Adding the story line and intrigue... this was one of my favorite of the series.. I need to read it again...!!
Published 13 months ago by Sandra Harper
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More About the Author

Lee Goldberg is an ex-Navy SEAL, freelance Sexual Surrogate and a professional Pierce Brosnan impersonator.

Okay, that's not true. But he wants this biography to be really exciting, so pay attention. If things bog down, I've been instructed to add a car chase or some explicit sex.

Here's the real story. Lee Goldberg writes books and television shows.

His mother wanted him to be a doctor, and his grandfather wanted him to go into the family furniture business. Instead, he put himself through UCLA as a freelance journalist, writing for such publications as American Film, Starlog, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle (He also wrote erotic letters to the editor for Playgirl at $25-a-letter, but he doesn't tell people about that, he just likes to boast about those "tiffany" credits).

He published his first book ".357 Vigilante" (as "Ian Ludlow," so he'd be on the shelf next to Robert Ludlum) while he was still a UCLA student. The West Coast Review of Books called his debut "as stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort," singling the book out as "The Best New Paperback Series" of the year. Naturally, the publisher promptly went bankrupt and he never saw a dime in royalties. (But the books are available on the Kindle as "The Jury Series")

Welcome to publishing, Lee.

His subsequent books include the non-fiction books "Successful Television Writing" and "Unsold Television Pilots" ("The Best Bathroom Reading Ever!" San Francisco Chronicle) as well as the novels "My Gun Has Bullets" ("It will make you cackle like a sitcom laugh track," Entertainment Weekly), "Dead Space" ("Outrageously entertaining," Kirkus Reviews), "Watch Me Die" ("as dark and twisted as anything Hammet or Chandler ever dreamed up," Kirkus Reviews).

"Take me now," she moaned, "you hot writer stud."

She tore off her clothes and tackled him onto the floor, unable to control her raging lust. Nothing excited her more than being around a writer with a big list of books.

Got your attention again? Good. I don't know about you, but I was starting to nod off. Where was I? Oh yes...

Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to "Spenser: For Hire." Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (SeaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid's shows (R.L. Stine's The Nightmare Room), T&A (Baywatch), comedy (Monk) and utter crap (The Highwayman). His TV work has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.

His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he began writing the "Diagnosis Murder" series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced, and later wrote the 15 bestselling novels based on "Monk," another show that he worked on. He's also the co-creator of Amazon's "The Dead Man" series of monthly horror novellas and the author of the crime thriller "King City." Most recently, he teamed up with Janet Evanovich to write the New York Times bestselling books "The Heist" and "Pros & Cons."

But perhaps he's best known for his pioneering work mapping the human genome and negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his daughter and still sleeps in "Man From UNCLE" pajamas.

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