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The Waking Nightmare (Dignosis Murder) [Mass Market Paperback]

Lee Goldberg
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (17 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214867
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,623 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Nightmare to Read 18 Mar 2005
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mark Sloan looks out the window to see a woman jump out of the window across the street. Fortunately, she hit a tree branch on the way down and is still alive, albeit in a coma. Unfortunately, this event is haunting Mark. Every time he tries to sleep, he sees the same events playing out again and again. He must figure out why she jumped so that he can keep her from doing it again and get some sleep.
Meanwhile, Steve has a baffling case of his own and actually calls on his dad for help. Winston Brant, the publisher behind "Thrill Seeker" magazine has just been murdered. By a knife in the chest while parachuting. Obviously, this is a case that will take Mark's incredible powers of deduction.
These two cases flow well together in the book. Both were intriguing, and I found myself constantly trying to read "just a little bit more." As with the others in the series, the characters are spot on. Some of their interaction in the first part was laugh out loud funny, especially for fans of the series. There are a few character arcs taking place in these books, and I'm intrigued to see where they will go. My problem came in the last quarter. It really felt dragged out, like there was one plot twist too many. Maybe that's because I guessed much of those pages early myself.
Like the previous books, this was a fun, fast read. If you're a mystery lover, you'll enjoy it. If you'll a Diagnosis: Murder fan, you'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my Diagnosis is.. this is the best medicine 3 Oct 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
the mystery begins when Mark sees a young woman jump out of the window of a nearby office. Haunted by it, he seeks to solve the mystery behind the womans suicide attempt. Great mystery, made even better by the fact that even Dr. Jesse Travis gets involved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars diagnosis is .........FANTASTIC 28 July 2005
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Having been a fan of diagnosis murder since it first started on tv i was very excited when the first book came out now having read all 4 of them this one the waking nightmare is one of my favorites its gripping and if you enjoyed the other books and the series then get it. it didn't take me long to read it and once i started i could not put it down in brief it is the story of how mark sloan helps a young lady who fell out of a window as he saw her jump he feels obligated to find out the reason why she jumped this is not just the only plot as it is more indepth but i don't want to spoil it for you and steve gets a love interest which is always a bonus especially for him the plot is fantastic anyway please buy this it is fantastic book well done lee goldberg
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