Psych:Mind-Altering Murder

Psych:Mind-Altering Murder by William Rabkin

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know anything about anyone named Mandy," Gus said. "I've only been here for a couple of weeks."
    Lassiter snorted with disgust. "You've been on this case for a couple of weeks and you still don't know the victim's name?"
    "I'm not on a case, Lassie," Gus said. "I'm here ."
    Juliet realized why it had taken her so long to recognize him. The Gus she knew always dressed nicely, in pressed khakis and button-down shirts, but now he was in a tailored suit. It looked like a Zegna. The tie alone must have cost more than the entire outfit she was used to seeing him in.
    "You work at Benson Pharmaceuticals?" she said.
    "Junior vice president of marketing," Gus said, then corrected himself. "Sorry, senior vice president. They promoted me to Sam's level after he passed away."
    "Don't tell me you're trying to do undercover work, Guster," Lassiter said. "You're not going to fool anyone, least of all me."
    "I'm not under anything," Gus said. "Except thirty-five. As in the Five Hundred Most Promising Executives Under Thirty-Five, as judged by San Francisco Business magazine." By some strange coincidence, there happened to be a copy on the conference table and it was open to a page where a tiny picture of Gus was placed next to a large red number 467. "I was going to be four hundred ninety-two, but Benson's PR people were able to let them know about my promotion just before they went to press."
    "So you and Shawn aren't working together anymore?" O'Hara said. She tried to remember the last time she'd run into them on a case, or in the station as they tried to cadge a case from the chief. She realized it had been weeks. "Did something happen?"
    "If you knocked him off and buried the body, we won't tell anyone," Lassiter said. "Just let us know where the unmarked grave is in case we feel like dancing."
    "We're still friends," Gus said. "Best friends. That's forever. But we're getting older and our interests started pulling us in different directions. When this opportunity presented itself, we had a long talk about where we wanted to go in the next few years and we agreed that we should part ways professionally. Not to say we won't be working together again in the future, but for the moment we're both doing what we want to do. So what brings you guys up north?"
    O'Hara studied Gus closely. In all the time she'd known him, he and Shawn had been inseparable. Even on those few occasions when they'd been fighting, they stuck together. She'd imagined them ending up together in an old folks' home years from now, bickering about which Corey had squandered more potential in his later acting career. If someone had told her that he and Shawn had gone their separate ways she would have assumed they'd both be devastated--particularly Gus, who always seemed to be the junior man in the relationship.
    But if Gus was devastated he was hiding it well. And she had never known Gus to be particularly skilled at hiding anything, least of all his emotions. He looked happy and successful. He looked good.
    "I wish we'd known about this before you left," she said finally. "At least we could have bought you a cupcake."
    "It's not like I moved to Shanghai," Gus said. "Although there is a spot opening up in our Asian office and I'm thinking about tossing my hat into that ring. But unless that happens, I plan to be going back to Santa Barbara all the time. It's still my home."
    "When you come back don't feel obligated to say hello," Lassiter said. "I'm sure you're busy these days."
    "Indeed I am," Gus said. "So, what can I do for you?"
    Juliet glanced over at Lassiter. It was so odd to be asking Gus for information. "We're investigating the death of a Benson Pharmaceuticals employee named Mandy Jensen."
    "Was she murdered?" Gus said.
    "No," Lassiter said. "We just drove three hundred fifty miles on a whim because we feel some misplaced sense of connection with a dead woman."
    "That's funny," Gus said. "Generally when you use sarcasm, you try to overemphasize the emotion or

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