Lee Goldberg. Mr. Monk Goes to
the Firehouse (2006) 292 pp. [pbo]
Adrian Monk, San Francisco’s favorite obsessive-compulsive detective,
is “hired” by the 12-year old daughter of his assistant, Natalie Teeger,
to investigate the murder of Sparky, a firehouse dalmatian. The dog had
been killed while the firefighters were responding to a fatal house fire.
Monk soon discovers that the fire is arson and had been set to cover up
a murder. Using his surreal powers of observation and deduction, Monk uncovers
the murderer and brings him to justice with the help of a couple of uniquely
San Francisco weapons—Boudin Bakery clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls.
Based on the USA Network television show, Monk, written by one of