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Tony Shalhoub's brilliant yet vulnerable obsessive compulsive detective can outsmart any crook

Regular readers of this column will have realised that it is not in any particular order, except for this week. Making Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) the 10th detective in the series was only fair to him, and his round-number loving fans. He is, after all, the only detective who, when framed for murder and given a $900,000 bail, asked if it could be rounded up to an even million (Mr Monk is on the Run). I love Monk for innumerable reasons, but I will keep it to 10, so he wouldn't feel uncomfortable.

1) He is the obsessive compulsive detective

Monk can outsmart any crook, even a chess grandmaster (Mr Monk and the Genius) but he will still have to straighten anything crooked, arrange things in height order, and only eat foods which don't touch each other. This makes him »

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