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Diagnosis Murder #3: The Shooting Script [Mass Market Paperback]

Lee Goldberg
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451212665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451212665
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Goldberg is an ex-Navy SEAL, freelance Sexual Surrogate and a professional Pierce Brosnan impersonator.

Okay, that's not true. But he wants this biography to be really exciting, so pay attention. If things bog down, I've been instructed to add a car chase or some explicit sex.

Here's the real story. Lee Goldberg writes books and television shows.

His mother wanted him to be a doctor, and his grandfather wanted him to go into the family furniture business. Instead, he put himself through UCLA as a freelance journalist, writing for such publications as American Film, Starlog, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle (He also wrote erotic letters to the editor for Playgirl at $25-a-letter, but he doesn't tell people about that, he just likes to boast about those "tiffany" credits).

He published his first book .357 Vigilante (as "Ian Ludlow," so he'd be on the shelf next to Robert Ludlum) while he was still a UCLA student. The West Coast Review of Books called his debut "as stunning as the report of a .357 Magnum, a dynamic premiere effort," singling the book out as "The Best New Paperback Series" of the year. Naturally, the publisher promptly went bankrupt and he never saw a dime in royalties.

Welcome to publishing, Lee.

His subsequent books include the non-fiction books Successful Television Writing and Unsold Television Pilots ("The Best Bathroom Reading Ever!" San Francisco Chronicle) as well as the novels My Gun Has Bullets ("It will make you cackle like a sitcom laugh track," Entertainment Weekly), Beyond the Beyond ("Outrageously entertaining," Kirkus Reviews), and the upcoming The Man With The Iron-On Badge.

"Take me now," she moaned, "you hot writer stud."

She tore off her clothes and tackled him onto the floor, unable to control her raging lust. Nothing excited her more than being around a writer with a big list of books.

Got your attention again? Good. I don't know about you, but I was starting to nod off. Where was I? Oh yes...

Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to Spenser: For Hire. Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (SeaQuest), cop shows (Hunter), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid's shows (R.L. Stine's The Nightmare Room), T&A (Baywatch), comedy (Monk) and utter crap (The Highwayman). His TV work has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.

His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he began writing the Diagnosis Murder series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced. And he also writes novels based on Monk, another show he's worked on.

But perhaps he's best known for his pioneering work mapping the human genome and negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his daughter and still sleeps in "Man From UNCLE" pajamas.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diagnosis Murder The Shooting Script 8 Aug 2004
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I love this book. It is so like the television series you could be watching an episode. All four main characters interact well & there are some fascinating insights into the movie business. Both main plot & subplot gell well & all in all its a really good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hang on for a Great Ride 2 Nov 2004
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Mark Sloan is trying to relax at his house when he hears gun shots. Immediately responding to the scene, he finds two dead bodies. Investigating further, he discovers that they've been dead longer then just a minute or two. Only once Steve arrives does he find out that this is the producer husband of action star Lacey McClure and an unknown woman. While she points her finger at the mob, Mark isn't so sure. He thinks the killer has the perfect alibi and sets out to break it in spite of the intense media spot light. Meanwhile, there's a new administrator at Community General, and he has set out to stop Mark's murder investigations, targeting Mark's friends. Can Mark solve this murder without ruining not only his career but also the careers of those he cares about?
Once again, Lee Goldberg has written a great mystery. Just when you think everything's wrapped up and you wonder what more could happen, he changes everything around. I was literally glued to the book for the last 50 pages. I couldn't wait to see how everything was going to come out. The characters continue to entertain, and I love the fact that Lee's continued from his days on the show by including Susan. She makes a great fifth to the group.
This novel is a continuation of the TV show in every way you could hope for. We've got the characters we know and love in some excellent mystery plots. If you were at all a fan of the show, don't hesitate. And if you aren't familiar with the show but love a good mystery, pick these up as well. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIAGNOSIS MURDER FANS WILL LOVE IT! 9 May 2009
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All Lee's books are thoroughly enjoyable romps - couldn't put it down. He explores the characters in more depth than is possible in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Mr Goldberg 3 Oct 2007
By Bj Lucas VINE VOICE
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this, is the second in the DM series of books. An actir and his young lover are murdered in his apartment. Can Mark get to the bpottom of the mystery nefore his career is destroyed? There is a wonderful ending and much drama along the way, as Mark seeks to prove that Lacey McClure, the actors wife, and an actress in her own right was the culprit. Brilliantly written and plotted as always.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark Sloan again battles a cagey and dangerous nemesis 7 Nov 2004
By Chadwick H. Saxelid - Published on Amazon.com
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But this time around, there appear to be TWO of them. While Dr. Sloan is relaxing at his beach front home, trying to paint the seascape view, four gunshots pierce the silence. He rushes to scene of the crime, which happens to be a house or two down the street, and finds a man and a woman evidently shot during a moment of passion. But something is not quite right with the blood spatter and Dr. Sloan begins to investigate, that's when the police arrive and the trouble begins. Making matters worse is the new administrator at Community General. The man seems to have some personal vendetta against Dr. Sloan. Author Lee Goldberg again mixes likable characters with a nifty mystery (more of a howdunnit than a whodunnit this time around) and pulls another entertaining book from the creative oven. Diagnosis Murder fans will no doubt be eager for more, recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang on for a Great Ride 13 Aug 2004
By Mark Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mark Sloan is trying to relax at his house when he hears gun shots. Immediately responding to the scene, he finds two dead bodies. Investigating further, he discovers that they've been dead longer then just a minute or two. Only once Steve arrives does he find out that this is the producer husband of action star Lacey McClure and an unknown woman. While she points her finger at the mob, Mark isn't so sure. He thinks the killer has the perfect alibi and sets out to break it in spite of the intense media spot light. Meanwhile, there's a new administrator at Community General, and he has set out to stop Mark's murder investigations, targeting Mark's friends. Can Mark solve this murder without ruining not only his career but also the careers of those he cares about?

Once again, Lee Goldberg has written a great mystery. Just when you think everything's wrapped up and you wonder what more could happen, he changes everything around. I was literally glued to the book for the last 50 pages. I couldn't wait to see how everything was going to come out. The characters continue to entertain, and I love the fact that Lee's continued from his days on the show by including Susan. She makes a great fifth to the group.

This novel is a continuation of the TV show in every way you could hope for. We've got the characters we know and love in some excellent mystery plots. If you were at all a fan of the show, don't hesitate. And if you aren't familiar with the show but love a good mystery, pick these up as well. You won't be disappointed.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment on its best 5 Sep 2004
By Ute Albrecht - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wish I could read the Diagnosis Murder novels once again as if it is the first time. Each novel is unique, has its own style, and is very easy to read, even if the reader hasn't heared about Diagnosis Murder before.

Mr. Goldberg knows perfectly how to facinate the reader, and how to lead him or her on the wrong way. It is really hard to put the novels aside before the end.

For those who know the show from TV, it is as if they are watching another episode.

Lee Goldberg has a loyal readership here in Germany, also in Switzerland and Austria, and we are very much looking forward for the next novels to come.

'The Shooting Script' - I couldn't believe that Mr. Goldberg can top 'The Death Merchant' - but he can!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Owen 28 July 2009
By Leland M. Owen - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this series but this one was a real disappointment, probably not even a 3.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! 19 Sep 2005
By Ivy Bewley - Published on Amazon.com
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These Diagnosis Murder books are just as good as the TV series. My favorite so far was "The Death Merchant" (#2), but this one deserves 5 stars too. Even though Dr. Sloan was convinced from the beginning who the killer was, the book was full of suspense and even had a surprise ending. Also, the sub-plot turned out to be relevant to a memorable episode of the series. I thought the book did a good portrayal of the world of Hollywood and how it relates to the justice system. I was so sad when the series ended, and I am glad that Dr. Sloan is still solving murders!
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