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Mr. Monk Is Cleaned Out [Kindle Edition]

Goldberg Lee
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Book Description

California and Adrian Monk are in a financial crisis when he's fired by the SFPD and finds his savings are gone. Bob Sebes, the leader of Reinier Investments, swindled his clients, including Monk. Whena key witness is killed, Monk is convince that Sebes, under house-arrest, did it. Being jobless and broke, Monk can devote all of his obsessive energy to solving this latest mystery.

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    Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out may well be the finest entry to date in the Mr. Monk series --Gumshoe Review

    Goldberg weaves a tale that is fun, entertaining as hell and totally satisfying. I now associate Monk with Goldberg more than with the TV show. --Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine

    Goldberg has every nuance, every gesture, every mannerism of Monk down pat. If you have seen the Monk series you will feel Goldberg's Monk is an exact match. --Futures Mystery Magazine

    For a lighthearted, enjoyable who-done-it with an old friend, read Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out--you'll thank me later! --Cristina Forsythe, San Francisco Book Review

    About the Author

    Lee Goldberg has written episodes for the television show Monk as well as other programs. He is also the author of the Diagnosis Murder novels.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 572 KB
    • Print Length: 288 pages
    • Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (June 23, 2010)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003T0G9BC
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars BAD ECONOMY CRIMES AND ODD JOBS July 13, 2010
    By ITZME
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I truly enjoy these Mr. Monk books. They are a hoot and I find myself laughing out loud at some of his antics and explanations. This time around Adrian gets fired from his police consultant job, loses his money in a ponzi scheme, and gets evicted from his apartment. Of course, all of this rolls downhill to Natalie. Natalie is also having problems dealing with her hormonal teenager. There are several crimes committed in this book and several of them have to do with the United States economy and in particular the state of California, and the City of San Francisco. To fight the economy Adrian and Natalie try several odd jobs to tie them over.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars A little less than "okay" February 9, 2012
    By Bre
    First off, huge, huge fan of Monk and Tony Shalhoub and I've read various other Monk books in this series. This one, as my review title says, was less than OK. I was maybe being a little too generous when I gave Monk On the Couch, a previous book, 4 stars, but I feel I'm also being generous giving this one two. It really surprises me that there are so many 5 star reviews on Amazon. Really, I could understand a bunch of 3-4 star reviews, but Monk is Cleaned Out is not worth 4 in my estimation.

    I must first adress how over the top Monk's character is in this book adaptation. Yes, he's very, very, OCD in the tv series, but Monk in the book is like the TV Monk on steroids. He is afraid of literally evertyhing, wearing a full crime scene jumpsuit just to go into a criminal's house. He suggests euthanizing a dog because its spots don't match. He wants to incenerate his clothes after being in the same room with same dog. I don't think Monk was that obsessive in the tv series. On a 1-10 scale he's toting an 11 in the books. I agree with the only other "negative" reviewer on here who says that his character is very exagerated.

    Also, I have discrepencies with Julie and Natalie's characters. Natalie was being a total (word rhyming with Witch!) for a lot of this book. So not the Natalie from the series! She talks about how she wants to slap Julie at one point in the book for being so lazy and hormonal. Also, not my impression of Julie in the series, who was never the raging manical complaning teen she is in this book. Throughout the book, I actually wanted witch Natalie and scardey cat Monk to fail many, many times. They lost my sympathy. I was rooting for Capt. Stotlemeyer to say enough!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Enjoyable Read June 7, 2011
    Lee Goldberg's, "Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out," is a richly detailed novel with excellently drawn characters, and is, for me, the best book of the Monk series that I have read so far. The writing seems to come from a deeper place within the writer in this story, and the characters and their problems are dealt much more with sympathy and hardly with any farce at all. Even when Mr. Monk is at his most difficult to deal with, he is making a very good point which the other characters agree with. What's more, this novel is written with a wealth of good feeling and a lot of energy. It just feels good to read it, and reading it the second time is even better, for the writer has taken a great deal of care to layer in a wealth of repeated phrases and parallel conversational points--the craftsmanship is really impressive. But the very best parts of this novel for me are the insights generated by the theme, which revolves around respect and self-respect in a down economy. It's a thoughfully written book and the reader feels like he or she has entered into a very warm world and made friends with very warm and human figures. I'm definitely looking forward to the books in the series that follow this one.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, whimsical detective tale September 19, 2010
    MR. MONK IS CLEANED OUT is based on the TV series created by Andy Breckman and here tells of Monk's firing as a consultant because of the financial crisis. Nobody can afford him - and his money is wiped out due to a shady investment. He's broke, and a job search with Natalie results in his PI skills being put to the test in this fun, whimsical detective tale.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Monk Cleaned Out Great Book September 17, 2010
    By turkey3
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    this book is just great. I love Monk and I am so glad we have the books to still leave. I am not finished with it yet, half way through. But it keeps me laughing and on toes to see who done it. If you haven't started reading the Monk series you should start today.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Monk Looks for Work July 19, 2010
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    Budget cuts are an on-going problem at the San Francisco Police Department, and unfortunately, Monk is the victim once again when his services are no longer affordable. Then he gets the bad news that all of his life savings are gone. Seems he had turned them over to Bob Sebes, a man now under house arrest for running a giant Ponzi scheme that has collapsed.

    Then one of the key witnesses against Bob Sebes is murdered. Monk immediately decides that Sebes must be the killer despite the fact that Sebes is wearing a GPS device at all times and his house is surrounded by the media. Is he right? Will he solve the case even though he is no longer a consultant? And can Natalie find the two of them a job that they can both keep?

    This is another fun book that will entertain fans missing the TV show. Monk, Natalie, and Stottlemeyer were perfect versions of themselves from the show. Disher seemed a bit over the top, and Julie was much more of a whiney teenager then she ever came across on the TV show. Probably more realistic, but it did bother me.

    The mystery weaves into and out of the book, but we're never bored as we watch Monk attempt to keep a job. Those parts of the book are just as entertaining as the mystery. I was a bit disappointed to see the idea of Monk being fired due to budget cuts come up again so soon, but it did set up a great book, so it was a minor issue for me.

    If you wish that Monk hadn't gone off the air, this book is definitely for you.
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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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    No, it takes place before. The first book set after the finale is Mr. Monk on the Road

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