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Based on the hit USA Network series— from Edgar® Award-nominated Monk screenwriter Lee Goldberg

Monk journeys into the realm of the cult science fiction show Beyond Earth—where he meets fans just as obsessive-compulsive as he is. Though he's not preoccupied with the program himself, Monk can understand where they're coming from. But there may be a killer among them: someone in a ...

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Overview

First time in Paperback

Based on the hit USA Network series— from Edgar® Award-nominated Monk screenwriter Lee Goldberg

Monk journeys into the realm of the cult science fiction show Beyond Earth—where he meets fans just as obsessive-compulsive as he is. Though he's not preoccupied with the program himself, Monk can understand where they're coming from. But there may be a killer among them: someone in a starship uniform has gunned down the show's creator

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451224354
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Mr. Monk Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 242,791
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 0.82 (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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  • Posted July 16, 2010

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    Sci-Fi fans get a good ribbing.

    Mr. Goldberg must be a Star Trek fan because he sure seemed to be able to poke a little fun at us with this hilarious Monk story. This novel for me was un-putdownable! I was laughing so hard my sides hurt and in a few parts tears came to my eyes laughing. One part about "collectables" at the convention and what Mr. Monk does to one collectable had me gasping for air I laughed so hard. Keep in mind Mr. Goldberg does not mention Star Trek per se in his story but if you are a Trek fan you will be able to see yourself in the very funny mirror Mr. Goldbeg holds up for you to gaze in.

    Mr. Golberg uses fandom as both plot and even character in this story. It was also great to see Adrian's brother appear in this book because he was one of my favorite characters from the series. I also like he told the story in first person through Ms. Tegger's eyes. This allowed the reader to hear the frustrated and amusing thoughts of someone who loves Mr. Monk yet is driven crazy by him on an almost constant basis.

    My only regret was this book was not an episode of the series because if it had been I am sure it would have ended up being my favorite episode. So if you are in the mood for almost non-stop laughs and a good mystery plot besides? This book is a fantastic read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    Easily one of the best Monk books

    Lee Goldberg has done it again! I just finished re-reading this book (I think this was the seventh time), and I still loved it. The humor and wit in this book is perfectly timed, perfectly versed hilarity that doesn't stop till you've hit the back cover. Lee Goldberg writes so well as the overworked, overstressed assistant Natalie that it's easy to forget the author is a guy. Seriously, this is one of the first I read, and he got Natalie so right I though he was a she. I love an authentic author! :) This is totally worth your time. The mystery is enthralling and full of twists. But don't tell Monk that. He hates anything beyond straight. One of his biggest complaints to the Mayor is that Lombard Street needs to be straightened. With authentic (and outragous) characters, you'll be laughing your way through a puzzling mystery. Enjoy!

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Monk-o-philes rejoice!

    The fun never ends with another edition of Mr. Monk in print form. As good as or better than the show because you are the architect using your imagination to visualize the absurdities of Mr. Monk. Be sure to add this your permanent library for future re-reading. Lee Goldberg has hit the mark again!

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    MONK is MONK, what more can anyone say.

    Have been a MONK fan since conception of the TV series. I have all DVDs to date, & read all seven MONK books. The author has stayed true to all characters from the TV series. Never has there been another unique character as MONK since the days of Palumbo.Monk is unique, funny, quirky, annoying, compulsive, and above all,the best detective around. When he finally solves a mystery, he reminds me of Hercule Poirot in the final synopsis of the crime.I have found all these qualities in all seven books as well. Will miss the TV series when it ends this summer, but I hope the MONK books continue. Thanks for a great read, plus a few chuckles along the way as I picture MONK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Rich Humor

    Lee Goldberg, who writes the series based on the TV show about compulsive-obsessive detective Adrian Monk, has a real gift for humor. The most amusing of life's comic moments are usually at the edge of tragedy, and often are tinged with sadness. The author memorably catches all the bizarre and pathetic qualities of the hero, to our delight. In this fine novel he also has some fun with the nutty fans of science fiction films, who gather at a convention to dress themselves in weird costumes and pretend they are on space ships. That's all it takes to drive poor Monk up a wall, and the result is some of the best comedy between book covers.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    If you like the TV show you'll like the books

    I'm a big fan of the Monk TV show and this is the first Monk book I've read.Just as fun as the TV show. It's good to find out that one of my favorite TV shows lives on through these books. I hope they keep them up for a long time. Lots of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    I luv MONK

    Okay...well...thos mite be kinda obvio but MONK is da best!!
    -Chococat
    Also...i u want a odename searh back and deader than ever and write a review saying why you want to hav a codename...JOIN THE TEALIES!!!!

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Monk? Are you space?

    Space orbit. In my germ- free space suit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    A Great Book

    Mr. Monk in Outer Space is a great book to read!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    wonderful entry on one of the better novelizations series of a TV show

    As she ponders her dating pool, which consists of killers, grieving relatives, frustrated cops and men named Scooter whose mouths that taste like overdosed with mouthwash, personal assistant Natalie Teeger enters the apartment of her boss, Mr. Adrian Monk. Natalie is a realist as she raises her twelve years old Julie by herself and helps her paranoid employer cope with life. However, this time the crisis is beyond her immediate assistance Monk, known for evacuating city blocks based on finding a cobweb in some obscure corner of his pad, studies a small coffee stain that he cannot remove from the carpet. Monk wants to move in with Natalie for a few days, but she is saved from that anguish when SFPD Lieutenant Disher calls her without saying hello she asks where the corpse is? --- After he solves the not homicide in spite of the triangle bullets case for Disher and captain Stottlemeyer, he becomes involved in another investigation. At the Beyond Earth cult TV show convention, a starship uniformed person kills the producer Conrad Stipes in a public shooting. Asked to investigate while suffering from rug burns, Monk moves into the home of his brother Ambrose, an expert on the show, while Natalie takes care of the more critical carpet problem. --- Monk is at his humorous neurotic best as he solves cases in his crazy way. Readers will be laughing out loud at the side commentaries such as his measuring parallel parked cars or visiting a Burgerville restaurant or marveling at the value of three decade old Beyond Earth cereal that tasted like sugared cardboard when it was fresh. The whodunit is fun as the compulsive Monk invades the cult TV world, which he realizes is filled with those as obsessively insane as he is. Lee Goldberg provides a wonderful entry on one of the better novelizations series of a TV show. --- Harriet Klausner

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