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Everyone's favorite obsessive-compulsive detective is back in the third novel written by Lee Goldberg based on the popular USA Network television series (following Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse and Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii).
As a consultant working with the San Francisco P.D.'s Captain Leland Stottlemeyer, Adrian Monk -- whose numerous phobias include germs, milk, needles, crowds, children, driving, and public speaking -- is busy trying to solve a string of brutal strangulations involving female joggers who have all been found with their left sneakers inexplicably missing. But just as Monk begins his investigation, the SFPD -- who have been working without a labor contract for more than a year -- make a unified statement by all calling in sick with the "blue flu" until they can get a better agreement. The labor dispute reaps unexpected rewards for Monk, who is reinstated and named acting captain. But with only a misfit team of scab officers to back him up -- a violent sociopath, a paranoid schizophrenic, and a senile old man -- Monk's psychological stability is put to the test like never before…
While the obvious audience for the Monk novels are fans of the multiple Emmy Awardwinning television series, Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu will appeal to anyone who enjoys lighthearted, comedic whodunits, regardless of whether they've even seen the show. Goldberg's succinct writing style -- with an emphasis on witty dialogue, laugh-out-loud hijinks, and nonstop action -- will make a devoted Monk fan of anyone who picks up this surprisingly entertaining read. Rubber gloves and moist towelettes not included. Paul Goat Allen