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Mr. Monk on Patrol Hardcover – January 3, 2012

Book 13 of 14 in the Monk Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Monk (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235619
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I love the humor as well the suspense.
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I am really happy with their progress as people though, and I love that the books that came after the TV series ended have been so true to the spirit of the show.
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I enjoyed reading this book in the continuing Monk series.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Early on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What could be better than waking up to a new Monk book on your Kindle? Having the morning off to read it. And what a pleasure that was.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Debra Hamel VINE VOICE on January 24, 2012
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Mr. Monk on Patrol is the 13th book in Lee Goldberg's series of TV tie-ins featuring obsessive compulsive detective Adrian Monk. Unlike its predecessors, this installment is not laugh-out-loud funny, but it's heavy in character development. Monk and his assistant Natalie travel to Summit, New Jersey, to help out Randy Disher, former San Francisco homicide detective turned small-town chief of police. Monk is also reunited with his first assistant, Sharona, since she and Randy are now married (a plot development I still have trouble wrapping my mind around). Monk and Natalie help Randy deal with a crime spree in Summit and find themselves paired as partners on the beat, a dramatic change from their usual employer-employee relationship. Even bigger changes are in store for the pair, but I won't give anything away here. Sadly, Goldberg has decided to stop writing Monk novels. The next book in the series, Mr. Monk is a Mess (due out in July, 2012), will be the last (or perhaps penultimate? Goldberg mentions Mess as leading to a finale on his web site). Mr. Monk on Patrol does a good job of moving the series toward a conclusion that, judging from the look of things, promises to be fitting. (I'm hoping there aren't any 19-years-later-on-Platform-9-3/4-type scenes--not that there was anything wrong with that particular epilog, really, but big time leaps are, I think, inherently depressing.) I'll be eager to see how Goldberg ties everything off, but I'm not happy at all to see the series end.

Debra Hamel
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Wheeler on January 16, 2012
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The obsessed detective Mr. Monk, and his forgiving assistant Natalie find themselves in Summit, New Jersey, this time, working for their old friend Randy Disher, chief of police there. This novel is a little different. Monk and Natalie have both evolved. They are very much the same characters we've known and loved through many Monk novels, but time and adversity have weathered them, etched character in them, softened the sharp edges. These changes deepen our bond to them. Mr. Monk is still the maddening compulsive-obsessive, but we see the burden and pain of the disorder at work in him, and we come to cherish his small, brave steps toward a happier, less imprisoned life. Natalie, too, has evolved with the years into a gifted detective whose deductions rival Mr. Monk's. If anything, she is even more accepting of her crazy employer than before, and in her maturity, more independent.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In the series finale of TV show Monk, Randy Disher moved to Summit, New Jersey to become their chief of police and pursue a romance with Sharona. Well, Randy has uncovered corruption in Summit, and now he's found himself chief of police and acting mayor. He needs help, and he turns to the one person he knows will be able to help - Monk.

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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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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