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MR. MONK GOES TO HAWAII
A Novel by
Based on the television series created by
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To Valerie and Madison,
who take very good care of me.
1 Mr. Monk and the Perfect Murder
2 Mr. Monk Gets the News
3 Mr. Monk and the Pill
4 Mr. Monk Arrives
5 Mr. Monk and the Medium
6 Mr. Monk Speaks Up
7 Mr. Monk and the Coconut
8 Mr. Monk and the Toblerones
9 Mr. Monk Gets a Message
10 Mr. Monk Rents a Car
11 Mr. Monk Goes to Dinner
12 Mr. Monk Shows How It’s Done
13 Mr. Monk Goes Golfing
14 Mr. Monk and the Towels
15 Mr. Monk and the Medium Meet Again
16 Mr. Monk and the Peanuts
17 Mr. Monk Takes a Walk
18 Mr. Monk Goes Sightseeing
19 Mr. Monk and the Pie
20 Mr. Monk Does a Favor
21 Mr. Monk Goes Sightseeing Again
22 Mr. Monk and Mr. Swift
23 Mr. Monk Goes to the Luau
24 Mr. Monk Mails a Letter
25 Mr. Monk Finds a Stain
26 Mr. Monk Goes Home
27 Mr. Monk Talks to the Dead
I would like to thank Cynthia Chow of the Kaneohe Public Library for her help on all things Hawaiian, but any mistakes are entirely my fault (particularly my attempts at pidgin). I am also indebted to Dr. D. P. Lyle, Wayne Aronsohn, Steve Wurzel, William Rabkin, Tod Goldberg, Kathleen Kay, Anne Tomlin, Christine King, and A. Lyn Bell for their assistance. And, finally, this book would not have been possible without the inspiration and enthusiasm of my friend Andy Breckman, the creator of Adrian Monk.
Mr. Monk and the Perfect Murder
Here’s the thing about brilliant detectives. They’re all nuts.
Take Nero Wolfe, for instance.
He was this incredibly fat detective who wouldn’t leave his New York brownstone. He stayed inside the house tending his orchids, drinking five quarts of beer a day, and devouring gourmet meals prepared by his live-in chef. So he hired Archie Goodwin to screen clients, run investigative errands, chase down clues, and drag people back to the brownstone to be rudely interrogated. Archie was an ex-cop or an ex-soldier or something like that, so he was well suited for the job.
Then there’s Sherlock Holmes, an eccentric, wound-up cocaine addict who played his violin all night and conducted chemical experiments in his living room. He probably would have been committed if it weren’t for Dr. Watson. The doctor retired from the army with a war injury, rented a room from Holmes, and ended up being the detective’s assistant and official chronicler. His medical degree and experience serving in the war gave Watson the skills and temperament he needed to deal with Holmes.
At least I didn’t live with Adrian Monk, another brilliant detective, the way Archie and Dr. Watson did with their employers, but I’d still argue that the job was a lot harder for me than it was for them. For one thing, I didn’t have any of their qualifications.
My name is Natalie Teeger. I’ve