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Goldberg, Lee: Mr. Monk on Patrol

  

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NAL, 304
1st published: 2012
4.5 stars

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: http://leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/2012/01/behind-the-music-mr-monk-on-patrol.html). 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.

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1.

Thanks for the great review, Debra. There are two more MONK books coming from me...MR. MONK IS A MESS and MR. MONK GETS EVEN. And the series of books may continue with a different writer.

Lee

2.

Thanks, Lee. I'm glad to hear that there are two books to come, at least, instead of just one. It's good news too, I suppose, that the series may continue without you, but your shoes will be tough to fill.

3.

I'm glad I stumbled upon your great blog. I wasn't aware that there were still new Monk books coming out. I have a few of the old ones. I might have to drag them out and reread them.

4.

very nice book

5.

Really? Sharona married to Randy? As troubling as the conversion of book into film (or other media is), I find the conversion of other media (television, film, video games) into books just as jarring at times. I just can't imagine Monk as a book.




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