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"With this book, Shawn Spencer joins the ranks of Monet, Rodin, and other artists whose work is vastly over-rated."―Pierre Despereaux, international jewel thief

"A brilliant example of why Shawn Spencer needs to grow up, learn some responsibility, and leave our baby alone."Bill and Winnie Guster

About the Author

Shawn Spencer hails from a family of cops, and was meticulously schooled from a very young age in the finer points of detective work. Soon Shawn begins calling in tips to the police hotline for crimes he sees on television to entertain himself. But one night, one of Shawn's tips lead police somewhere he never imagined -- back to him. The detectives believe information this accurate could only have come from the inside. Desperate to avoid jail time, Shawn hastily explains that his insight is really second sight - he's a psychic. And though skeptical, the department is impressed and Shawn is hired on as a "psychic consultant". Immediately enlisting the assistance of his reluctant best friend, Gus, Shawn opens his own agency, PSYCH, taking his talent for detective work -- and fun -- in a new direction.

Burton "Gus" Guster has been party to the impulsive adventures of his best friend since they were kids, which is why he's convinced himself that the straight and narrow -- a job as a pharmaceutical sales rep, 401(k) and a regular paycheck is right where he belongs. Still, the idea of being a private investigator intrigues him, and while he is completely horrified by Shawn's behavior most of the time, he knows that the excitement and adventure of their new enterprise might just make it all worth it.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; ILL edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455512869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455512867
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are a fan of the show, you'll appreciate the humor in the book. Thoroughly enjoying it! Written from Shawn's point of view.
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I'm making a note here, HUGE SUCCESS.

Seriously though, as a diehard fan of the TV show, this book is all sorts of legit. You will laugh, maybe even until you cry.
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"Psych's Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified" is a must read for any "Psych" fan. Some if the highlights are Shawn's take on tax deductions, Woody's tips on performing an autopsy, and advice from Gus on what foods are appropriate to eat at a crime scene. There are also references to past characters on "Psych" scattered throughout the book. Shawn's chastising of most of the men Juliet has ever been involved with is particularly entertaining. The footnotes are equally comical, and mostly consist of bickering between Shawn/Gus or Shawn/Juliet. There are several contributions in the book from Juliet and Gus. Lassiter, McNab, and Shawn's father also give their inputs. Lastly, it would not be a true "Psych" book if there were not 80s references, pop culture, and nicknames on almost every single page. And of course, an intro from Curt Smith. Ultimately, it's very entertaining. I will read it again and share it with my family of Psych-Os.
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Simple: If you like Psych, you will like this book.

I read the whole thing in the voice of the characters. It reads exactly as you imagine it would. It has made me laugh out loud numerous times and will continue to do so.
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This was given as a gift; it brought hours of entertainment and laughter to the recipient. It has black and white pictures, drawings and tables to go along with Shawn's silly stories and "advice." A think it is a must have for any fan of Psych.
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Are you a Psych-O? No brainer then... you have to get this book. I have never had more fun reading a book. All the characters are perfectly portrayed. The terrific writing within this book is page after page of fun -- especially if you love the characters on USA Network's Psych. While Shawn may not be able to successfully get you on your way to opening your own detective agency, you will be glad you learned his secrets. I know I'm glad I did.
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First off, I can't believe this book is so cheap. This is a big book. Yes, the type is big but it's heftier than some textbooks.

Second, this is pretty quality writing. I know there are Psych novels out there that are underwhelming, but whoever wrote this must be involved with the show or is intimately familiar with it. I love that the book never 'breaks character'. The whole time you are made to assume that it is written by Shawn and Gus. Even the copyright says Shawn Spencer.

I've only made it through a few chapters, but this is some light reading. I'm sure you could barrel your way through if you insisted, but I like going through the chapters at my own leisure. This isn't prose fiction, so it's not exactly a page-turner.

Overall, you're going to have to be a fan of the show to read this. Having the characters' voices in your head as you read is essential. Even better, though, is that it's actual quite metafictional. It's a book that knows it's a book.

What a wonderful experiment by whoever was behind this and I hope we get more.
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This will indeed do. When is Tom Selleck or Donald Bellasario going to release the tie-in book that is constantly mentioned in Magnum PI? At this point NEVER. So if you gotta be a private detective in this day and age, and those Raymond Chandler books are outdated as heck, you have to read this Psych book. It's full of lots of pictures and easy to follow guides, and you'll have a helluva fun time poking through Spencer's skittles of wisdom.

My only gripe is that it's in black and white, especially when compared to the Parks and Recreation book which offered the same amount of content at the same price AND it's in color. Anyway, I'm having a blast.
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