Mr. Monk Is a Mess
1st edition 2012 hard cover
|Series||Monk mystery novel series|
|June 5, 2012|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|Preceded by||Mr. Monk on Patrol|
|Followed by||Mr. Monk Gets Even|
Mr. Monk Is a Mess is the fourteenth novel by Lee Goldberg based on the television series Monk. It was published on June 5, 2012. Like the other Monk novels, the story is narrated by Natalie Teeger, Monk's assistant.
After arriving home in San Francisco after working as police officers in Summit, New Jersey, Natalie Teeger finds a dead body laying in her bathtub. During the investigation by the police, marked money from a federal sting operation is found stuffed under Natalie’s mattress. Natalie now needs Monk's help, but Monk is preoccupied with his own investigation. He's helping his brother find his missing girlfriend Yuki Nakamura, which is a problem that Monk is conflicted about, since he's happy to see Yuki leave.
As the case continues, it becomes clear that Yuki has a dangerous past, and that they are chasing a ruthless, cold-blooded killer.
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List of characters
Characters from the television series
- Adrian Monk: the titular detective, played on the series by Tony Shalhoub
- Natalie Teeger: Monk's loyal assistant and the narrator of the book, played on the series by Traylor Howard
- Ambrose Monk: Monk's older brother, played on the series by John Turturro
- Randy Disher: The acting mayor of Summit, New Jersey, played on the series by Jason Gray-Stanford
- Leland Stottlemeyer: Homicide Captain on the San Francisco Police force, played in the series by Ted Levine
- Sharona Fleming: Monk's former nurse and assistant, now Randy's live-in girlfriend, played in the series by Bitty Schram
- Amy Devlin: A lieutenant who is Stottlemeyer's right hand in the San Francisco Police Department
- Yuki Nakamara: Assistant to Dub Clemens until his death, now is the assistant and girlfriend of Ambrose Monk
- Ellen Morse: The owner of a shop in Summit, New Jersey that sells items made with sanitized excrement. Despite her profession, Adrian develops a relationship with her based on her love of symmetry and sanitization.