Monk is investigating a series of murders made to look like accidents> He figures that early on and who the murderer is. Just no physical evidence to prove it.
At the same time, Monk runs up on an old enemy, Dale The Whale, the enormous and rich murderer. He’s serving two life sentences in prison and Monk him there. To large to get out of bed, the state is tired of paying for his care and the plan is to give him surgery, sucking out large amounts of fat and removing the extra skin. Cheaper in the long run.
Monk has a crisis of confidence when his serial killer is murdered himself and Dale manages to escape from the heavily guarded hospital during an emergency influx of patients in an incident at the emergency room.
And suddenly Stottlemeyer is under suspicion of helping Dale escape. He’s been under financial pressure and a large chunk of money is deposited in his bank account the day after.
Everyone but the officious Deputy Chief of Police knows it’s a set-up by Dale to frame the Captain.
Monk must call on all his talents to figure it out and clear the Captain.
A nice ending to the author’s run. Another author has taken the reins with the Monk series. We’ll see how that goes. Mr. Monk Gets Even can be ordered here.