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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451217292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451217295
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,251 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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This is the first in a brand-new mystery series starring the brilliant, beloved and slightly neurotic sleuth from the hit BBC 2 series. Monk's house is being fumigated, and he has nowhere to go. Fortunately, his assistant Natalie and her daughter are kind enough to welcome him into their home. Unfortunately, their home is not quite up to Monk's standards of cleanliness and order. But while Monk attempts to arrange his surroundings to suit himself, Something else needs putting straight. The death of a dog at the local fire station - on the same night as a fatal house fire - has led Monk into a puzzling mystery. And much to his horror, he's going to have to dig through a lot of dirt to solve it...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Foggy Tewsday VINE VOICE on 24 Dec. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The creators of the television series, `Monk', have cited Sherlock Holmes as part of the inspiration behind the character. Monk's analytical and deductive prowesses certainly owe something to Holmes. Perhaps author Lee Goldberg had the Holmesian tradition in mind when he decided to use Monk's friend and assistant, Natalie Teeger, to relate this story from her point of view, just as Conan Doyle did with Dr. Watson.

Fans of the excellent television show upon which this novel is based may rest assured that the novel is entirely in keeping with the spirit of the show. There are plenty of laughs as Monk temporarily moves into Natalie's home complete with his idiosyncratic need to monopolise the bathroom. The mystery element of the story kicks in when Natalie's daughter, Julie, asks Monk to investigate the suspicious death of a dog belonging to a local firefighter.

As is often the case in the television show, Monk quickly works out who the killer is and the reader's pleasure is in the detective's quest to prove his case. There is a romantic subplot involving Natalie and a fireman, and lots of Monk being, well, Monk.

The novel is a nice, easy read, but the `howdunnit' (the `whodunnit' is already known) aspect is cleverly realised. I would say that `Monk' is a television show that lends itself quite comfortably to novel form and if you like watching the show, you should enjoy this novel.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Adrian Monk is about to be homeless. His apartment is being fumigated for termites, so he needs a place to stay. Fortunately, his assistant Natalie is willing, reluctantly at best, to take him in for the week.
Monk's hardly started moving in when Natalie's daughter gets a phone call. Sparky, the Dalmatian at the local firehouse, has been murdered. While not the type of case that Monk would normally take, he agrees to find the killer to make Julie feel better.
While trying to interview Fireman Joe, Sparky's owner, Monk and Natalie go to the scene of a fatal fire. Monk hasn't been there five minutes before he declares that the fire was not the accident it looks like but arson to cover up a murder. Is there a connection with the case of the murdered dog?
It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I love this TV series. Knowing Mr. Goldberg's excellent work with the Diagnosis: Murder novels, my hopes were high for this book. They were met on every level.
Mr. Goldberg decided to write the book from Natalie's point of view. Not only does this give us great insight into the character, but it also allows us to marvel, laugh, or be frustrated with Monk's strange antics. The characters on the show are well rounded, and that holds true here as well. While we may be laughing at Monk in one scene, we sympathies with him in the next. Watching this from Natalie's viewpoint allows us to see how she deals with the challenges of her job on a daily basis.
The plot stays true to the series as well. Even though it is rather obvious early on who did it, the real mystery becomes how will Monk prove it. Along the way, there are several false trails and a couple twists that put Monk into uncomfortable situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Toby A. Amiel on 6 May 2008
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This was the first Monk book that i read and it was amazing. The way that Lee Goldberg writes them from Natalies (Monks assistant) point of view is brilliant.
I finished this book within two days and was completely stunned by the way it was written.
The storyline is great as Monk is investigating the murder of a firehouse dog when he stumbles across another murder and the way he proves who killed them is amazing.
A must read for any Monk or detective story fan!
Great Book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DD on 18 Mar. 2012
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I loved this! I love all the Monk books I have read so far. I loved all eight TV series but, amazingly,I love the books just as much. If you have never read an Adrian Monk book, Adrian is a brilliant detective who, unfortunately, has OCD - way beyond OCD! You just come to respect the man in spite of his quirks (or at least overlook them) just like the few true friends he has do. There is always a murder(s) to solve but the story is always light-hearted and amusing with it, which I know sounds wrong, but it provides entertaining reading. Like everything else, these books may not be everyone's choice, but they are so inexpensive, it wouldn't hurt to try one! Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse: Monk Series, Book 1
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Aug. 2008
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this is the first monk book i have read and think it is great

It allows for a different prespective of monk and seems to provide a better understanding of how his mind works than the tv show as it goes into the little things/details and natalie's understanding of why monk is the way he is

you can actually see how he comes to the conclusion and you are amazed at how it makes sense. though you can see it on the tv series it seems clearer in the book

Its a must read. It is easy to follow and I sped through it as i didn't want to put it down-and that is saying something as I have been unable to find the time or the urge recentlly to pick up a book and read it through
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