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Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out (Mr. Monk Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Lee Goldberg
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24 Feb 2011 Mr. Monk Mysteries (Book 10)
California and Adrian Monk are in a financial crisis when he's fired by the SFPD and finds his savings are gone. Bob Seves, the leader of Reinier Investments, swindled his clients - including Monk. When a key witness is killed, Monk is convinced that Seves, now under house arrest, did it. Being jobless and broke, Monk can devote all of his obsessive energy to solving this latest mystery.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OBSIDIAN; Reprint edition (24 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451231821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451231826
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.5 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,602 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Monk Looks for Work 5 Aug 2010
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Budget cuts are an on-going problem at the San Francisco Police Department, and unfortunately, Monk is the victim once again when his services are no longer affordable. Then he gets the bad news that all of his life savings are gone. Seems he had turned them over to Bob Sebes, a man now under house arrest for running a giant Ponzi scheme that has collapsed.

Then one of the key witnesses against Bob Sebes is murdered. Monk immediately decides that Sebes must be the killer despite the fact that Sebes is wearing a GPS device at all times and his house is surrounded by the media. Is he right? Will he solve the case even though he is no longer a consultant? And can Natalie find the two of them a job that they can both keep?

This is another fun book that will entertain fans missing the TV show. Monk, Natalie, and Stottlemeyer were perfect versions of themselves from the show. Disher seemed a bit over the top, and Julie was much more of a whiney teenager then she ever came across on the TV show. Probably more realistic, but it did bother me.

The mystery weaves into and out of the book, but we're never bored as we watch Monk attempt to keep a job. Those parts of the book are just as entertaining as the mystery. I was a bit disappointed to see the idea of Monk being fired due to budget cuts come up again so soon, but it did set up a great book, so it was a minor issue for me.

If you wish that Monk hadn't gone off the air, this book is definitely for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on the Kindle 12 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first Kindle book I've downloaded, I was initially worried that I wouldn't enjoy 'Monk' so much on the Kindle but it was great - I got immersed in it totally.

The characters in Lee Goldberg's book are exactly the same as on the TV; you can just imagine them as you read. He keeps everything they do and say true to the programme.

Well worth the money to download and I shall keep this on my Kindle in the same way my bookcase is full of my favourite books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BAD ECONOMY CRIMES AND ODD JOBS 14 July 2010
By ITZME - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I truly enjoy these Mr. Monk books. They are a hoot and I find myself laughing out loud at some of his antics and explanations. This time around Adrian gets fired from his police consultant job, loses his money in a ponzi scheme, and gets evicted from his apartment. Of course, all of this rolls downhill to Natalie. Natalie is also having problems dealing with her hormonal teenager. There are several crimes committed in this book and several of them have to do with the United States economy and in particular the state of California, and the City of San Francisco. To fight the economy Adrian and Natalie try several odd jobs to tie them over.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little less than "okay" 9 Feb 2012
By Bre - Published on Amazon.com
First off, huge, huge fan of Monk and Tony Shalhoub and I've read various other Monk books in this series. This one, as my review title says, was less than OK. I was maybe being a little too generous when I gave Monk On the Couch, a previous book, 4 stars, but I feel I'm also being generous giving this one two. It really surprises me that there are so many 5 star reviews on Amazon. Really, I could understand a bunch of 3-4 star reviews, but Monk is Cleaned Out is not worth 4 in my estimation.

I must first adress how over the top Monk's character is in this book adaptation. Yes, he's very, very, OCD in the tv series, but Monk in the book is like the TV Monk on steroids. He is afraid of literally evertyhing, wearing a full crime scene jumpsuit just to go into a criminal's house. He suggests euthanizing a dog because its spots don't match. He wants to incenerate his clothes after being in the same room with same dog. I don't think Monk was that obsessive in the tv series. On a 1-10 scale he's toting an 11 in the books. I agree with the only other "negative" reviewer on here who says that his character is very exagerated.

Also, I have discrepencies with Julie and Natalie's characters. Natalie was being a total (word rhyming with Witch!) for a lot of this book. So not the Natalie from the series! She talks about how she wants to slap Julie at one point in the book for being so lazy and hormonal. Also, not my impression of Julie in the series, who was never the raging manical complaning teen she is in this book. Throughout the book, I actually wanted witch Natalie and scardey cat Monk to fail many, many times. They lost my sympathy. I was rooting for Capt. Stotlemeyer to say enough! put a restraining order on Monk, and maybe end the badgering of these two out of character characters on a happy note!

This is a long review and I realize I'm disagreeing with 95 percent of the public here, but I cannot suggest this book. Sometimes I think robots and the author's friends join together to splash 5 star reviews all over their products. I am an actual person, and this is my candid review. On a final note, I happened to be reading the author's blog and his rants against fanfiction and fanfiction authors. The man never gets tired of that area, I see. I would just like to point out that I've read more accurate descriptions of Monk's character on good old fanfiction.net from some very talented authors who pegged Monk's character better than Goldberg did. He's a fan, writing fiction. Most of it won't make a drop in the bucket of the Monk tv show. Use your own logic to see how his rantings are hypocritical and don't make sense.

There. I've had my say. Enough. I don't suggest this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Enjoyable Read 7 Jun 2011
By Daniel R. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Lee Goldberg's, "Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out," is a richly detailed novel with excellently drawn characters, and is, for me, the best book of the Monk series that I have read so far. The writing seems to come from a deeper place within the writer in this story, and the characters and their problems are dealt much more with sympathy and hardly with any farce at all. Even when Mr. Monk is at his most difficult to deal with, he is making a very good point which the other characters agree with. What's more, this novel is written with a wealth of good feeling and a lot of energy. It just feels good to read it, and reading it the second time is even better, for the writer has taken a great deal of care to layer in a wealth of repeated phrases and parallel conversational points--the craftsmanship is really impressive. But the very best parts of this novel for me are the insights generated by the theme, which revolves around respect and self-respect in a down economy. It's a thoughfully written book and the reader feels like he or she has entered into a very warm world and made friends with very warm and human figures. I'm definitely looking forward to the books in the series that follow this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, whimsical detective tale 19 Sep 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
MR. MONK IS CLEANED OUT is based on the TV series created by Andy Breckman and here tells of Monk's firing as a consultant because of the financial crisis. Nobody can afford him - and his money is wiped out due to a shady investment. He's broke, and a job search with Natalie results in his PI skills being put to the test in this fun, whimsical detective tale.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monk Cleaned Out Great Book 17 Sep 2010
By turkey3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this book is just great. I love Monk and I am so glad we have the books to still leave. I am not finished with it yet, half way through. But it keeps me laughing and on toes to see who done it. If you haven't started reading the Monk series you should start today.
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