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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.
Top Customer Reviews
In this latest installment of the officially sanctioned tie-in novels, Lee Goldberg takes Monk and Natalie away from the familiar streets of San Francisco, to the town of Summit, NJ, to come to the aid of Police Chief (and now acting mayor) Randy Disher. Randy has inherited a town rife with scandal, and needs to augment his tiny six member department with reinforcements--namely Monk and Natalie.
The biggest crime problem has been a series of robberies, but where Monk goes, bodies are sure to follow. But this book is more than just a satisfying mystery.
Reading a Monk book is a lot like having lunch with an old friend--pleasant even if that old friend happens to be plagued with obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, and a host of issues that would, in real life, probably make people run away screaming. Yes, he's funny. Yes, it's entertainment. But at the root of the attachment is a character whom people have come to care about--a troubled man thrown further off-course by the murder of his wife. We want him to recover, only we want him to remain Adrian Monk.
Kudos to Lee for doing both in this book. While each book of the series is entertaining on some level, this particular entry brings added depth into the characterizations of Monk and Natalie. Monk is not off somewhere separating the mixed nuts. He is making strides of improvement--breakthroughs that surprise both Monk and Natalie.
And Natalie is not just handing wet wipes, either. She's growing in competence, confidence, and responsibility. And in this installment, more than any time in the past, she comes alive and is instantly relatable.Read more ›
Like the other Monk novels, this is about crime and detection, and about Monk's uncanny ability to sift bits of evidence out of the things that elude the rest of us. But there is more here that Monk fans will cherish. Here is progress; Monk's and Natalie's quiet journey toward happier and richer lives.
Lee Goldberg writes with grace and insight, focusing tenderly on his characters' lives and aspirations, and in the end, we readers feel closer to Mr. Monk and Natalie than ever before. His particular gift, one of many, is his ability to draw characters vividly. He is one of the finest novelists writing.
When Monk and Natalie arrive in Summit, the city is being hit by a string of burglaries, and Randy asks Monk to look into them. They've just been on the job one day when the stakes are raised. Will Monk find the criminal or is he too distracted by a specific shop in town?
As is usually the case, there are several smaller cased Monk solves on his way to solving the big case of the book. All of that makes for another jam packed adventure for our favorite obsessive compulsive detective, and I enjoyed every page of it. As if often the case, there is one spot where the plot slows down a bit, but it's not too long before everything picks back up and we race toward the finish.
What really made this book for me is the character development. I love what Lee Goldberg has done with the characters since the series ended. It was nice to see Randy and Sharona again. But I loved the development of Natalie. It does feel like the culmination of an arc she's been on for several books. For those who have been reading the books, it's very rewarding.
While the plot of the book is wrapped up here, the ending will definitely leave you waiting for the next in the series. You could easily see the fade to black if this were a TV episode.
I've long said that fans of the show will enjoy these novels. I've enjoyed all of them. This one stands out from the others because of the characters. I can't wait to see where things go from here.
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I love Mr. Monk! And these books are so well written. Highly recommend!Published 1 month ago by Serenity Yoga
New town, same fun! I especially liked that I figured it out before Mr. Monk did this time. That never happens!Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Whenever I need a fun, light read I look forward to MONK This series makes me laugh & I can see it all play out in my mind from having seen the actors play the characters, in my... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rumeur
I just love these books. I can imagine the characters saying & doing what is written. These books are a great way to get a "Mr Monk fix" now that the t.v. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Connie