Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii
by Lee Goldberg
Review by Don Metzler
Signet Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0451219007
Date: 05 July, 2006 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Adrian Monk's incredible attention to detail makes him the best detective in San Francisco, perhaps the greatest detective since Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately, that same attention to detail stems from the fact that he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, and his OCD makes a normal life all but impossible. Assistant Natalie Teeger follows Monk about with the ever-ready moist towelette in case he finds himself in a situation where he must shake someone's hand or (Heaven forbid!) touch a doorknob. Anything that is out of place or unbalanced, such as a woman wearing an earring on one ear but no matching earring on the other, drives Monk crazy. He is unable to sleep if the ceiling fans in his room have not been meticulously synchronized. From official release/information:
Book Description: Some people think Hawaii is paradise, but Monk knows that danger, like dirt, lurks everywhere. Look at Helen Gruber, the rich tourist who took a fatal blow from a coconut. The police say it fell from a tree, but Monk suspects otherwise. His assistant Natalie isn't exactly thrilled about Monk's latest investigation. It was bad enough Monk followed her on vacation, and now it looks like the vacation is over. Smooth-talking TV psychic Dylan Swift is on the island and claims to have a message from beyond-from Helen Gruber. Monk has his doubts about Swift's credibility. But finding the killer and proving Swift a fraud-all while coping with geckos and the horror of unsynchronized ceiling fans-may prove a tough coconut to crack.