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Mr. Monk is a Mess Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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Book 14 of 19 in the Mr. Monk Series

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 “Lee Goldberg always captures Monk’s nuances perfectly.”Roundtable Reviews

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 is also the author of the acclaimed Diagnosis Murder novels, based on the TV series for which he was a writer and executive producer. His many other novels include King City, Watch Me Die, McGrave, and The Dead Man: Face of Evil.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mr. Monk (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236876
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Debra Hamel VINE VOICE on June 8, 2012
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Mr. Monk is a Mess is the 14th novel that Lee Goldberg has written in the Monk series, which is based on the television show featuring Tony Shaloub as obsessive compulsive detective Adrian Monk. Unfortunately, Goldberg is slated to produce only one more book for the series, the perfectly titled Mr. Monk Gets Even, which (according to Amazon) is due out at the end of 2012. The series may be continued by another author, so there's some hope, but it won't be easy to duplicate Goldberg's blend of humor, pathos, and plotting. The title of Goldberg's final book suggests that he'll be leaving Monk in a good place, having found balance in a world marred by murder, poorly parked cars, and odd numbers. Monk is headed there already in Mr. Monk is a Mess. The book picks up where Mr. Monk on Patrol left off, with Monk and his assistant Natalie Teeger temporarily employed as police offers in Summit, New Jersey. They eventually return to San Francisco with big plans in mind, but Natalie's homecoming is less than idyllic: suffice it to say that her house is soon cordoned off with police tape, and things don't look good for her and Monk. While they're trying to get the FBI off their backs, Natalie and Monk are also tasked with helping Monk's agoraphobic brother Ambrose, a storyline that leads to a very moving, very satisfying conclusion. There is less humor in this book than in previous installments, but plenty of heart. The novel ends with our crime-fighting duo on the verge of huge changes in their lives. I'm eager to see how Goldberg will wrap things up, but also very sad to see his involvement with the series coming to an end.

-- Debra Hamel
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Monk and Natalie are finally returning to San Francisco from their month in Summit, New Jersey. Natalie is especially looking forward to spending the night in her own bed. But when she walks in the door of her house, she realizes that someone has been living in it while she was gone. But that's nothing compared to finding a dead woman in her bathtub.

The next morning, she gets a frantic phone call from Monk's brother Ambrose. His assistant/girlfriend Yuki is missing. Monk is thrilled that the tattooed biker chick is out of Ambrose's life, but Natalie insists they investigate. What has happened to her? And who is the dead woman in Natalie's bathtub?

These two stories weave in and out of each other plus a few shorter cases that Monk solves along the way. Everything comes together for a great climax. I picked up on a clue that Monk did, which I was proud of, but it lead me to the wrong suspect.

But the real powerhouse here is the characters. The arc that they have all been on, but especially Natalie and Monk, continues here. It's a nice extension of not only the series but also the last few books. I still have a smile on my face from the ending, which was absolutely perfect.

I know I keep saying this, but it really is true. Fans of the series owe it to themselves to read these books. And you need to go back several to fully appreciate this one.

Trust me - You'll thank me later.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Small on June 21, 2012
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Loved this one. Have read all of the books in the series and HOPE this is not the last. I have emailed Mr. Goldberg in the past to express my appreciation for his work and he has been very gracious. If possible, please consider continuing your work here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By turkey3 on September 23, 2012
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This was probably one of the best. Loved it. Can't believe the outcome, can't wait to see what happens in the next book. An Easy read, but very clean moral book. If you loved and miss the series, these books bring you back to the series. Keep them coming please, not ready to get rid of Mr. Monk!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jpd.john on February 21, 2013
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What can I say, another fun, funny, entertaining adventure with Adrian Monk. These books are all a nice continuation of the Adrian Monk "saga". If I can't have the TV show any more, at least I have the books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeri VINE VOICE on July 20, 2012
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Once again, Goldberg has given his readers a thoroughly enjoyable read. It's a breezy, funny book, sure to entertain from beginning to end.

But is it really the end of the Monk books?

This is what Goldberg is now hinting at, and I hope other readers will complain loudly.

As for the story, Natalie and Monk are still in Summit, New Jersey, working as police patrol officers. Monk spots a murderer even in a casual pull over for speeding.

But that is just the beginning. Natalie and Monk have decided to leave San Francisco forever, because Randy has offered them both jobs on the police force in Summit. It's when they return to San Francisco to pack things up for the move that everything seems to fall apart.

Natalie finds a dead body in her house - yes, another dead body in her house. Monk is aghast at the uncleanliness of his apartment after his time away. And Ambrose, Monk's brother, is suffering a true crisis, as Yuki has disappeared.

Untangling all these knotty problems, not to mention encounters with dog hairs, the horrible truth about how leather is made, and a theft from a locked evidence room, will give Monk plenty of scope to cringe in horror, and surprise everyone with his brilliance.
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