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Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants (Mr. Monk Series #4)

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Obsessive.
Compulsive.
Detective.

The husband of Monk's former assistant, Sharona, has been arrested for murder. Now back in San Francisco, she's ready to reclaim her place in Monk's life-much to the chagrin of his current assistant, Natalie. While Monk tries to maintain a delicate balance between the two women, he discovers a few unsettling snags in the case against ...

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Overview

Obsessive.
Compulsive.
Detective.

The husband of Monk's former assistant, Sharona, has been arrested for murder. Now back in San Francisco, she's ready to reclaim her place in Monk's life-much to the chagrin of his current assistant, Natalie. While Monk tries to maintain a delicate balance between the two women, he discovers a few unsettling snags in the case against Sharona's husband, and may be up against a killer who not only understands him, but is one step ahead.

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Monk must mediate between his former and current assistants as well as trail a killer in the fourth spin-off of the TV show and the first published in hardcover. Goldberg, the Edgar Award-nominated Monk screenwriter, lives in Los Angeles. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Obsessive-compulsive TV detective Adrian Monk gets double-teamed by past and present assistants into investigating a murder the LAPD think they've solved. Before single mom Natalie Teeger took on the job of shielding Monk from the germ-laden, disorderly world around him, the neurotic crime-solver relied on his former nurse, Sharona Fleming, till she left him hoping to reunite with her ex-husband Trevor. Now Trevor's in jail in L.A., charged with bashing his employer Ellen Cole with a lamp and stealing her jewelry, and Sharona's back in San Francisco angling for her old position. Once Natalie decides that her only hope of job security is for Trevor to ride off into the sunset with Sharona, the two assistants bundle Monk off to meet with Lt. Sam Dozier, who investigated for the LAPD. Although hampered by the gas mask he wears to survive L.A.'s smog and the attitude he cops when Dozier introduces him to cocky mystery writer Ian Ludlow, Monk soon decides that the case of the lesbian Cole, her lover Sally Jenkins and her lover's lover, sperm donor Christian Bayliss, isn't as simple as Dozier assumes. Still, it takes a second murder, a break-in at a local firehouse and some fancy orthodontics before Monk triumphs. TV veteran Goldberg (Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu, 2007, etc.) enlightens viewers about the shift from sassy brunette assistant to perky blonde, but leaves plenty of other loose ends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451222800
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Series: Mr. Monk Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 353,076
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Goldberg

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    His Own Logic

    Adrian Monk is a compulsive-obsessive emotional ruin with a unique gift for solving crimes. Lee Goldberg has a genius for catching the tenderness, humor and pathos surrounding Monk and his coterie. This is no ordinary mystery, but one that catches the unexpected and often bizarre facets of real life. The author entertains us with a few dozen theories about who did what to whom, but in the end, only Monk figures it all out. I really enjoyed this comic masterpiece, and I think Lee Goldberg's adaptations of the Monk television series are as classy as they can be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    A Fantastic Book Especially For 'Monk-o-Philes'

    'Monk-o-Phile' is a terrific word coined by the writers for the show.. and that's how I describe myself! This book is the first I've read of the series and is a great read with just the right amount of suspense, wit and humor. I'll definitely buy the rest of the books! In fact, I've just placed my orders for the other 'Mr. Monk' titles from Barnes & Noble.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    A must read for a good mystery lover

    This book is a must read if you like a good mystery. The main chacter Adrian Monk just makes the book so much better. If you like the tv show you should definetly read this wondorous novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Disgusting scenes and totally out of character for Monk and Nata

    Disgusting scenes and totally out of character for Monk and Natalie.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    One of the Monk series of books by Lee Goldberg. In this one, Sharona returns which makes Natalie very unhappy, but they then team up with Monk in an attempt to free Sharona's husband on murder charges.

    Another great book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    One of the best

    Great book! Maybe the best monk book yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    NEW FAV BOOK

    The author of this book did an AMAZING job. He writes perfectly abot monk. Natalie, on the other hand, is more grown up, and for some reason, talks about breasts alot. Kinda weird, but, its all in all THE BEST book i've read in a looooooong time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Great book

    I can read this book 1,000 times.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    What can I say - it is a Monk book!!

    I have read all of the books that are in the Monk series and look forward to many more being written, since the television series has ended. Lee Goldberg is very good at getting the characters right and making them come alive. I am in the process of buying all the books (in hardcover) that are available by Mr. Goldberg. It is a great story because all of sudden Monk has two assistants and they are both so very different from each other. If Monk was nervous and OCD before, he is definitely twice as much because of the conflict between the two assistants - Natalie and Sharona!!! Highly recommended!!

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

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    If you a Monkaholic then..

    ...you'll love this book. As I read the book, I saw and heard the characters from the show on USA Network. The mannerisms, Monks' hand gestures, etc. What a fun read. http://www.facebook.com/photographybyski

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    I cherish these books

    I loved the Monk TV series so much and will miss it! But with the book series I will always have the amusing, lovable characters close at hand. These make wonderful presents for all the fans among friends and family, too!

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Not Afraid of the Final Season

    These books are so fun! A little more PG-13 but since the author is a writer from the tv show he totally knows who he is talking about when he delves into the characters. Since I already know what they look like, I can picture everything in my mind. It's a strange sensation to think your watching tv by reading but with the last season ending, I couldn't have discovered these books soon enough! Goldberg has a good several seasons he could write about so don't let your heart be saddened. Monk will live on!

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Monk series will never end

    With the book series of Mr. Monk, the series will go on and on. This is classic Monk. The laughs will keep you reading for more. This is a great read at the end of a long hard day at work and will take you out of your stresses of the day and put that smile back on your face!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A serio-comic msytery that is excitingand funny

    When Mr. Monk a brilliant police officer lost his wife in a car bomb, he never caught the killer. He became almost catatonic and to avoid being institutionalized Sharona Fleming became his nurse. After a time, he came back from the dark place he retreated into and became a police consultant. Sharona help him on his cases and with his struggle to cope with everyday life but she left him without a word when she reconciled with her husband.----------------- Currently single soccer mom Natalie Teeger works for him and she copes with his obsessive compulsiveness, his need for things to be neat and his many other foibles. Now Sharona is back because her husband is in jail on a murder charge and Monk has two assistants, which make neither happy. While solving another murder almost instantaneously, Monk realizes Sharona¿s husband isn¿t the killer someone framed him for the murder. The problem is he doesn¿t want to return to L.A. because there are more germs there than in San Francisco and he has to deal with a mystery writer who sees his return as a money maker while Natalie and Sharona are angry with Monk for not helping Trevor prove his innocence.------------- Nobody writes stores based on television shows better than Lee Goldberg as proven by his treatment of Mr. Monk¿s compulsions and people¿s reaction to them. Readers will thoroughly enjoy this exciting police procedural. Especially fun is Mr. Monk¿s struggles with the two females making his life even more miserable than usual and the expertly developed climax in which the strange triangle face a brilliant killer matching up nicely against the eccentric hero.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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