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Product Details

  • Series: Psych (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451231597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451231598
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Rabkin is a two-time Edgar Award nominee who writes the Psych series of novels and is the author of Writing the Pilot. He has consulted for studios in Canada, Germany, and Spain on television series production and teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension and as an adjunct professor in UC Riverside's low-residency masters program.

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There cheap and amazingley good books.
TIM INGALLS
The characters do not act like themselves and the banter between Shawn and Gus is weak and disappointing, storyline is just horrible.
m slaubaugh
The plot was a bit farfetched, but I really enjoyed the ride.
Mark Baker

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Chen on August 27, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoy the show Psych and I have also read the other books. This book was very convoluted, far-fetched (more than the norm), and boring. I thought the previous books were true to the characters and true to the show. This book just fell short. Shawn wasn't really doing his psychic thing and when he was he was "seeing" things that weren't that essential to the plot. I like reading these books because they are easy reads and entertaining but this one just did not entertain me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reacher Creature on August 4, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off, I want to say that I love the show psych, it's one of my favorites.

The overall plot was that Shawn and Gus get caught up in an Art conspiracy and is in search of a mythical object, KIng Arthur's sword, Excalibur

This was an okay read. It had the potential of being a really good book, but it falls short. There are so many problems with it. First is that the characters were just okay. Shawn was pretty good, and the one most like the show. Gus was good at times too. Juliet wasn't in the book that much. When she was in, she really didn't add much to it. Lassiter and Henry seemed off. They just did a lot of things that didn't fit in with how we know them from the show. In the book, Shawn did make me laugh a couple of times.

What could have made this book better if one of the plot line was fleshed out more. Part of the plot deals with clues in an old painting, clues that will show were Excalibur is hidden. Part of the problem is that there wasn't an Excalibur or King Arthur, so that to me was a drawback. However, that being said, it could have worked. If it was just thought out more. I love to read books about conspiracies, the Knight's Templar, and the Masons. All of those things were just mentioned in passing. I wish that Rabkin would have spent more time on that and working out that plot. I'd have loved it is he did that. This book had a "Dan Brown" feeling to it, but it never really lived up to the potential. Boy if it did, this would have been an outstanding book.

I also didn't like that Shawn really didn't "see" much. He just "saw" a couple of things, but when he "saw" didn't really have anything to do with the main plot. He just "saw" a couple of goofy things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gus is thrilled to be contacted by Langston Kitteredge, his old art professor. Langston is asking for Gus' help, so Gus tricks Shawn into showing up at a major unveiling at the Santa Barbara Art Museum. The duo arrive to find out that a long lost masterpiece isn't the only thing that has been revealed. The museum's curator is also behind the curtain, dead.

Langston quickly becomes the police's only suspect, but he insists that this is all the work of an ancient Cabal trying to keep the location of Excalibur secret. It sounds crazy, until more clues come to light. Could he be right? How can Gus and Shawn prove Langston's innocence?

Like the show, this book is at its best when Shawn and Gus are exchanging barbs. I found plenty to laugh at here. The plot was a bit farfetched, but I really enjoyed the ride. The climax could have been better, but since I figured things out about the time Shawn did, I'm not going to complain too much. The characters from the series felt like their TV shelves. Professor Langston did get annoying with his history lessons. I know we needed the information, but it was a bit much at times.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. It will certainly please fans of the TV show.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2011
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I am probaly one of Psych's biggest fans, reciting quotes and remembering moments wit fellow fans, so naturally, whe I saw there was a book seris based off the show, I was ecstatic.
I have read this one and the only possible relation between this travesty of Psych are the names of the characters.
When Rabkin gets to Shawn Spencer's hilarious 80's references, to, of course, incorporate them into the literary version of Psych, the reader does not get a witty reference, but the outcome of someone (the writer, Rabkin) who has visited IMDb.com and seen one or two eighties movies.
Perhaps the only highlight of Shawn's adventures and his raucous personality is the image of James Roday trying to say these unbelievable lines witout laughing at the lines.

The portrayal of Gus, at this point, is that of utmost implausibility. It seems as if Rabkin has had a friend tell him that he (being the friend) found a funny television show where there was a character called Gus who was very uptight. These are the only jokes that the writer has come up with.
The plot on top of that is, as a previous reviewer has mentiond, not in the realm of Psych, but more in the world of Da Brown and has no place belonging to the characters and plot of Psych.

As I have said, I was extremely disappointed by this complete fan-fiction-esque story and hope that they will either improve greatly or disappear entirely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m slaubaugh on August 6, 2011
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I bought a cheap used copy of this book (because of all the bad reviews) and I still feel cheated. The characters do not act like themselves and the banter between Shawn and Gus is weak and disappointing, storyline is just horrible. I would recommend not even wasting time or money on this title in the series, the other ones are decent though.
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