I’ve just emailed the finished manuscript for the fourth Monk novel, MR. MONK AND THE TWO ASSISTANTS, to my editor in New York. The book will be published in hardcover in July 2007. Here’s what the cover copy says (yes, the cover was completed before the book):
Only a special kind of person can keep up with Monk’s
brilliant, if idiosyncratic, methods. One such person is his former assistant,
Sharona. And now that her ne’er-do-well husband has been arrested for
murder, she’s back in San Francisco, ready to reclaim her place in Monk’s
extremely well-ordered life.
His current assistant, Natalie, is not at all pleased
with this turn of events. As little as her job pays, she’s grown fond of
Monk and would rather not get fired.
While Monk tries to maintain a delicate balance between the
two women, he discovers a few unsettling snags in the case against
Sharona’s husband. With bestselling crime novelist Ian Ludlow nosing
around, and other cases taking his attention, Monk may be up against a killer
who not only understands him, but is one step ahead….