Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu

BOOK: Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu
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Praise for the
Novels by Lee Goldberg
Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii
“An entertaining and ruefully funny diversion that stars one of television’s best-loved characters, and because it’s a mystery novel, it will stick long after you’ve forgotten the plot of the latest
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse
“The first in a new series is always an occasion to celebrate, but Lee Goldberg’s TV adaptations double your pleasure. . . .
Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse
brings everyone’s favorite OCD detective to print. Hooray!”—
Mystery Scene
Acclaim for Lee Goldberg’s previous mysteries
“Can books be better than television? You bet they can—when Lee Goldberg’s writing them.”
—Lee Child
“A nifty creative take on the tradition of great amateur sleuths with a cast of quirky characters.”
—Stuart M. Kaminsky
“A clever, high-octane whodunit that moves like a bullet train.”—Janet Evanovich
“Well plotted and beautifully rendered.”
—Margaret Maron, Edgar, Agatha, and Macavity
Award-winning author of the Deborah Knott
“Elegant writing, wry humor, a suspenseful premise, [and] a fast-paced plot.”
—Aimee and David Thurlo, authors of the
Ella Clah, Sister Agatha, and Lee Nez mystery series
“A clever, twisting tale.”—Lisa Gardner
“A riveting mystery . . . wonderful stuff!”
—Paul Bishop, two-time LAPD Detective of the
Year and head of the West Los Angeles Sex Crimes
and Major Assault Crimes Units, and author of
Twice Dead
, and
“Sly humor, endearing characters, tricky plots.”
—Jerrilyn Farmer
“A swift saga with colorful homicides, glamorous locales, and clever puzzles.”
—Walter Wager, author of
Twilight’s Last Gleaming
, and
58 Minutes
“Intricate plots and engaging characters . . . page-turning entertainment.”—Barbara Seranella
“A devilish plot sense, sophisticated humor, and a smooth writing style . . . he’s as good as anyone writing in the genre today.”
—Donald Bain, coauthor of the
Murder, She Wrote
“Just what the doctor ordered, a sure cure after a rash of blah mysteries . . . more plot twists than a strand of DNA.”
—Elaine Viets, author of
Murder Unleashed
“Fast-paced, tightly constructed mysteries. . . . You’ll read them in great big gulps!”—Gregg Hurwitz
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To Valerie and Madison,
my Natalie and Sharona
I would like to thank Dr. D. P. Lyle, William Rabkin, T. J. MacGregor, Janet Markham, Pat Tierney, David Mack, Tony Fennelly, Sheila Lowe, Hal Glatzer, Karen Tannert, Michael Siverling, Eve Simson, Aubrey Nye Hamilton, Jim Doherty, Paul Bishop, Lee Lofland, and Barbara Fahringer for their invaluable technical assistance on astrology, medicine, geography, police procedure, and dental fillings, among other things. Any mistakes in the book are entirely my fault and shouldn’t be held against the fine people mentioned above.
Special thanks, as always, to my friend Andy Breckman, creator of
, and his incredibly talented staff—Stefanie Preston, Tom Scharpling, David Breckman, Hy Conrad, Joe Toplyn, Daniel Dratch, Jonathan Collier, and Blair Singer—for their inspiration, enthusiasm, and support. And to Gina Maccoby and Kerry Donovan, without whom there would be no
books for me to write and you to enjoy.
I would love to hear from you. Please stop by
and say hello. We validate parking.
Mr. Monk Takes a Walk in the Park
The corpse might as well have been in a minefield, surrounded by razor wire, and guarded by trigger-happy snipers. There was no way Adrian Monk would go near it.
Monk stood on the red gravel jogging path that ran around McKinley Park at Vermont and Twentieth on Potrero Hill. He wore one of his six identical wool coats, one of his twelve identical off-white shirts (tieless and buttoned up to the collar), one of his twelve identical pairs of pleated brown slacks (specially tailored for him with eight belt loops instead of the usual seven), and one of his twelve identical pairs of brown leather shoes (Hush Puppies buffed to a shine each night).
He held a pair of binoculars up to his eyes. From where he stood he had a clear view west across the Mission District and Noe Valley to Sutro Tower, which rose out of the fog that always seemed to surround the Twin Peaks in the morning.
But that wasn’t what he was looking at.
His binoculars were trained on the dead young woman sprawled only ten yards below him. The weedy area around her body was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape that was twined around several trees.
The woman was twisted at an unnatural angle, her mouth open in a silent, frozen scream. Her shirt was hiked up, revealing the pale skin of her flat stomach and her tattooed lower back. The tattoo was a plus sign, with little matching plus signs in each of the four quadrants of the larger one. She was wearing Lycra shorts that showed off her long, muscled legs.
She was a jogger. The two previous victims were also joggers. And like them, she’d been strangled.
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