This was a better than average story featuring a dog as a characters. The story itself was somewhat formulaic (felt like I was waiting for the end to come, and had a pretty good idea whodunnit but didntcare), with the some corny dialogue here-and-there, but "Suspect" was, after all, entertaining. The sale price made this a win!
As an aside: I have a German Shepherd, and admire the authors skill in handling the dog's personality and translating that to understandable human language in a way that felt realistic and made sense. I have read a few "dog stories" and most of the authors tend to lack the insight into animal behavior, nor do they seem able to create a dog character that seems like a dog (and not a person/dog). In this respect Robert Crais was successful.
I would recommend if you love Dog Stories, or if you have/had a German Shepherd.
Amazing, amazing, Amazing
The friendship between Maggie and the owner.
The way Maggie rides in the car.
This book was truely awesome. This is a must listen to book. I could not put it down.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I'm always a bit nervous when I start a book that has a lot of great press and reviews. If my expectations are too high it can mean being disappointed in a book when normally I wouldn't have been. Fortunately that was not the case with this book. The story grabbed my interest right from the start and never let go. I'm not a big dog lover but Maggie worked her way into my heart as she did the same with Scott. The mystery and suspense was good. All in all just what I like in this sort of book. MacLeod Andrews did a good job with the characterizations. While not quite rising to the level of the best of the best performances he still did an admirable job with this book.
The main plot of the book seems both simple and transparent from the beginning. A man and a dog, both plagued by the death of a comrade and friend and both in need of healing, find their comfort, solace and the end of their pain with each other. While the plot seems simple the story is engaging, the characters seem real and the writing is first class. Although I felt that I knew what was coming I could not put the book down and, when I could not read it due to other things I had to do, I kept thinking about when I would be able to get back to Scott and Maggie.
In fact there are two intertwined plots in this book. The first, which I mentioned above, tapers down from being the main story line at the beginning to being only a thread toward the end. The second, about the search for the killers of Scott's first partner, expands as the first plot diminishes and, toward the end of the book, becomes a very large presence. Both plots are engaging and while I felt that the plot involving the theft and killing was relatively uninteresting it became more and more gripping as the story progressed and, by the end, became the driving force for the entire story and fully engaged me as a reader. I was so taken by the characters in this book that if I could find another Crais book with these two characters I would buy it in an instant.
An astonishingly good read, well narrated and highly recommended.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This book ticks lots of boxes for me and I expect we will see a movie made from it. Quite a bit of gun violence, some characters with profanity... but not too intense, no sex. Heartwarming relationship as wounded police officer with PTSD is partnered with Iraq military dog who had similar trauma... they help each other heal while solving major case. A little more head-hopping type point of view than I like... but don't think it could be written without it. Love that Maggie dog.
Ray is my husbands name. I am a middle aged woman from Michigan
Like the story line - easy to listen to.
no - but it takes a lot to get me that excited about a book. I did want to finish it though - so if thats an indicator
another stupid question
I am from Chicago. Enjoy reading listening to audio books such as Robert. B. Parker, Ian Douglas, Taylor Anderson, Jac Cambel an social work
I had urged friends and co-workers to get this book. I consider my self strong and not easily impress by sad stories but this one made me cry. From the beginning of the story when the main character partner was kill and ask him not to leave him I cry and when the dog's partner was kill I kept crying. My emotions went from crying to laughter to crying to feeling good about the ending. If you do not like to feel strong emotions stay away from this story.
The Dog. The author did a great job of showing that animals feel and care for others.
I did not had a favor scene because from beginning to end I could not put this book down. I listen to it from beginning to end during the weekend without going to sleep.
Throughout the story I was moved.
If you want to feel good about why we need love in our lives, you need to listen to the book. I urged anyone who loves dogs to read this book.
Didn't read the print version.
Great humanity. Sympathetic characters.
Never once felt like someone reading a novel. It just flowed through me.
If you love animals, you'll love this film.
I enjoy Robert Crais and especially liked this novel with the new characters, the man and his dog. Thoroughly entertaining. I hope he follows through with a sequel or two or three.
I don't throw around four and five stars easily, so don't be thrown off by the three star review. This is my first listen from Robert Crais. Following some stellar reviews and an interesting plot summary, I took a chance. I will likely listen to him again based on this book. 'Suspect' has a unique back story and a good plot. Our heroes Scott and Maggie are both wounded and recovering, but don't come off as pitiful. I really enjoyed the chapters that took on the inner workings of Maggie the police dog in training. Crais was able to portray believable dog-thinking without over doing it as many authors, even good ones, tend to do. The pacing of the book is good. This is important especially with audiobooks as there is no skim-reading allowed when you listen. Still, I don't think it quite reaches the fantastic four stars or the "unbelievable! you have to stop everything else you are doing" five star rating....but its a good listen that I recommend for audible members.