Thursday, December 15, 2005


For fans of the detective series Monk, there is an original novel coming out the first week of January. Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse (Signet) is the first of three original mystery novels starring Adrian Monk, "the brilliant investigator who always knows when something's out of place."

Monk's house is being fumigated and he has nowhere to go. Fortunately, his assistant, Natalie, and her daughter are kind enough to take him into their home. To no one's surprise, their home is not quite up to Monk's standards of cleanliness and order.

While Monk attempts to arrange his surroundings just so, he discovers something else that requires his special touch: the puzzling death of a dog at a local firehouse on the same night as a fatal house fire. Much to his horror, Monk is going to have to dig through a lot of dirt to solve this mystery.

TV writer and novelist Lee Goldberg, co-writer of the Monk episodes "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico" and "Mr. Monk Meets The Godfather," writes the novel from Natalie's perspective, giving readers a fresh view of the detective. Mr. Goldberg also writes the excellent Diagnosis Murder novels, so this should be pretty good.

The USA Network has launched a website devoted to the books, which includes an excerpt and a video interview with the author. (While there, you can also check out downloads and an exclusive Monk mini-webisode created exclusively for the Internet.)

Goldberg writes a daily blog, A Writer's Life. On a regular basis, he shares behind-the-scenes tales of working in television and as a novelist.
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