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Mr. Monk Goes to Germany Hardcover – July 1, 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
Book 6 of 19 in the Mr. Monk Series

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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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"Wonderful twists and turns... You should really be reading these books."

"Can books be better than television? You bet they can--when Lee Goldberg's writing them." -- Lee Child --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Monk (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451220994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451220998
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I liked the MONK television series, but I enjoy Goldberg's novels even better. They are told from Natalie's point of view. This book got a five star rating from me because it was so funny. But there was suspense, too. Mr. Monk is afraid of airplanes so he has to take 'an experimental' medicine in order to fly. It completely changes his personality & he creates havoc on the flight! The flight attendants take it in stride, but Natalie decides to take a nap. The reason Monk wanted to go to Germany is because his psychiatrist went there for a conference. Soon, Monk becomes convinced that the doctor has been secretly keeping him "crazy" and was in on his wife's murder!
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I love the Monk series. (They're all new stories, by the way. While not necessary, I recommend reading them in order.) Lee Goldberg has continued to capture all the characters yet allow them to change over time. Lots of twists and turns as he places Monk in all sorts of non-comfort zones. While I expected the great plots, I was often pleasantly surprised by the humor . . . I burst out laughing many times as Monk tried dodging with what life was throwing at him. I recommend this whole series of Monk adventures. There are more to come as the series continues with a new author, (Hy Conrad) also from the TV creators of Monk. You won't be disappointed.
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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 natalie.
our whole family loved the show. we have enjoyed reading this series on long car trips and as a story at night for family time. my kids are teens and we found this is a good nonoffensive, no swearing, no smut, funny series we all enjoy.
in this book mr. monk goes to germany following dr. kroger also spends time investigating trudys death.
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