Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Mr. Monk Goes to the Head of the Class

A surprising number of my friends and relatives love the Monk TV series so much that they ask me to get them signed copies of Lee Goldberg’s books based on it. Judging by this latest outing, where the weird cop follows his assistant, Natalie, on holiday, they’re on to a good thing. Goldberg makes Adrian Monk much more interesting than the TV version: the twitches are less obvious, the outcomes much less predictable. Even (or especially) the secondary characters are more interesting and have sharper dialogue.