Compact, engaging, substantial.
This is a great twist on a thriller, delivering unpredictable villains and even more unpredictable heroes. The shifting points of view richly enhance the reader's experience without being repetitious.
I consumed it!
Looking forward to more about Scott James and Maggie
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I cried when I listened to the first chapter! I cried again later in a scene between Scott and Maggie. If you can only listen to one book this year this should be it.
This is not a new plot but the addition of Maggie the dog and the great use of her as an additional player and her perception as a layer to the story gives the whole book a new twist, freshness and huge impact. I have a dog that I am certain would protect us ( its pack ) without any thought that there was another option. It's a little scary having this responsibility. Many authors have tried to make the dog a character but in Suspect this works best for me. The dog is an equal - more than equal in many ways. The other characters are great and Scott is terrific. The bonding of Maggie and Scott and their shared recovery is superb - it could easily have been over done or have become mawkish and sentimental - it doesn't - great writing. Scott's recurring view that Maggie was more loyal than he was is very powerful. The story twists and turns and I found myself having to take a break a few times - its intense. I don't think think my wife will ever read this review but - just in case - she is pack as well!
I will definitely recommend this book to a friend. If you love dogs, murder mysteries and suspense this is the book for you. I really loved that he wrote sections from Maggie (the dog's) perspective. I laughed, I cried, I bit my nails. Just what I want from a good story
This is a very touching story about a policeman recovering from being shot and losing his partner and a trained Marine dog who was shot and lost her partner. Both are suffering from PTSD. They both are mourning, hurting and afraid. I loved the policeman and the dog and pulled for both of them.
This author really knows dogs and I have no doubt that he has a dog (probably many dogs in his lifetime) and that he understands and loves dogs.
I recommend this book highly. Even if you are not a "dog person" the police story and murder mystery will keep your attention. Excellent story line and a satisfying read..
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I don't read a lot of detective stories, but I picked up this book on Audible's Deal of the Day strictly because the dog silhouette on the cover art caught my eye. My two greatest passions in life are dogs and books so I have known and loved a LOT of both and when the two are combined, I'm in. As a detective story, Suspect, strikes me as a bit thin on plotting, but as a dog story, this book delivers big time. I don't know if any author has ever before brought me to tears in 20 minutes, but the opening scene of Suspect is really powerful. If you have ever loved a soldier or a dog, listen to the beginning of this book with tissues handy! The plot of Suspect is not as intricate or suspenseful as some I've read, but it is believable and interesting The character development and the evolution of the relationship between Scott James and Maggie, the two central protagonists, is totally engaging and made the book a terrific pleasure for me. Robert Crais captured the essence of a working GSD and wove it into his story so well that I was amazed. We may not know exactly how dogs think and perceive the world, but if you have lived with or, better yet, worked with a shepherd, you will recognize this dog and how Crais portrays the workings of her mind. And, I particularly liked the way Crais noted the differences between military canine training and temperament requirements and police canine work. This book was the best fit for MacLeod Andrews that I've heard yet. His voice has a nice grim undertone for a detective narrative and he switches surprisingly well to the "baby dog voice" that virtually all trainers recommend when soothing or encouraging a dog in training. I highly recommend this book as an entertaining and poignant read for anyone who loves a good dog story. I would love it if Robert Crais made this partnership into a series. PS: Thanks to Audible for Deal of the Day! I love having the chance for a low cost sample outside of my normal genres and finding a little gem like Suspect made my day.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
Maggie, the ex-marine police dog, transforms "Suspect" from a good police drama into a memorable book.
Anyone who knows dogs will recognize the accuracy of Robert Crais' description of their behavior and the bond that they build.
The passages written from Maggie's point of view were fresh, compelling and thoroughly believable.
The police officer's character is also well drawn and develops through the story as his relationship with Maggie changes the way he sees himself.
If you're a dog lover who enjoys police procedure novels, this is custom made for you.
If you're not a dog lover yet, you may be by the time you get to the end of this book.
yes, really enjoyed the story and characters
Can't tell that-will ruin the book!!
Maggie of course
I don't think like this but would love the movie
Loved this book. I listen to one or two a month as well as reading on the side. Would be the first I'd recommend to someone who wanted a good book. Was said when it ended. Book 2 with Maggie?
This book starts with action packed scenes that will grab you immediately, I loved Maggie and think she is one of the best heroines I have read lately! The human characters are pretty great too. There is not much to criticize, the Narrator is great, the mystery is good, I was invested from start to finish. If you have ever loved a dog you will especially love this book.
Scott and Maggie - LAPD cop-on-the-rise and experienced Marine K9 - have both suffered similar severe losses and both are damaged both physically and emotionally. Unwilling to lose another partner, Scott pushes to join the K9 corps expecting that being paired with 'just a dog' will enable him to continue to be a cop. Maggie is there, waiting in a cage to be shipped back to another new home, having been deemed too disabled - physically and mentally - to be retrained as a police K9.
This is the story of how Scott and Maggie heal each other - and it is told (delightfully so) from both points of view. ("Alpha is safe. Pack is safe.")
It is, at the same time, a 'page turner' crime novel - the bad guys are very very bad, and tracking them down is the edge-of-your-seat, quick-turn-the-page-and-make-sure-they're-ok, whoa!-didn't-see-that-coming experience that it should be.
The narrator handled the different voices deftly.
I loved Maggie, I loved Scott, I loved this book. I expected it to be cheesy and looking for cheap tear-jerking moments like most books with dogs do. But Crais treated the dogs with so much respect, as a true main character. Worth saying one more time, I loved this book.