Monkology features thirteen tough tales about Los Angeles private investigator Ivan Monk, including an original novelette, The King Alfred Plan, written expressly for the collection. In these stories you’ll encounter starry-eyed sinners, street corner revolutionaries, Hollywood hustlers, over-heated politicians, rightwing assholes, a ghost or two, cavorting cops, architects with major issues, flying saucers, and a little old lady with a popgun, all out to make their mark in the city of dreams and despair.
“That Phillips’ four Ivan Monk novels have never gained the audience they deserve remains one of the great injustices in mystery publishing…A fine collection from a tireless small publisher who does a superb job of keeping overlooked but top-notch hard-boiled writers in print.”
— Bill Ott, Booklist
Firmly rooted in the hard-boiled tradition, these 13 stories from Phillips (Bangers, etc.) showcase the cool exhuberance of black Los Angeles PI Ivan Monk, whose family connections tend to prod him into taking cases no one in his right mind would investigate.
— Publishers Weekly