Given a finite non-cyclic group $G$, call $\sigma(G)$ the smallest number of proper subgroups of $G$ needed to cover $G$. Lucchini and Detomi conjectured that if a nonabelian group $G$ is such that $\sigma(G) < \sigma(G/N)$ for every non-trivial normal subgroup $N$ of $G$ then $G$ is monolithic, meaning that it admits a unique minimal normal subgroup. In this paper we show how this conjecture can be attacked by the direct study of monolithic groups.

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