Sunday, August 02, 2009

PSYCH: MIND OVER MAGIC by William Rabkin

TV writer Rabkin's second novel based on USA Network's popular Psych has Shawn and Gus investigating the disappearance of the eccentric "Martian Magician" after his signature trick, "The Dissolving Man", leaves behind a dead body.

I thought Rabkin could have managed multiple viewpoints better in his first book (January's Psych: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read), and this book shows more focus. Shawn's powers of observation, indicated on the show by extreme closeups and glowing effects, don't stand out as much in this book. As a fan of classic, non-flashy deductive reasoning, I approve.

The TV series has proven you can put Shawn and Gus just about anywhere and they'll bicker and banter their way through. Here's hoping that translates to a long run of novels for Rabkin.

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