I thought that I had got the wrong book when the story started from the perspective of a dog. I was going to skip the chapter until it was obvious that this was no ordinary dog tale.
Then, when I started to get emotional about this dog (being a cat person first and not having a pet since I was a kid) I had to check myself. "Why am I getting close to tears? it's just a story about a dog. pull it together, man!"
I finished the audio book, in one sitting. nothing else mattered. I know, pretty ridiculous, right? Not at all!
For me, Robert Crais is a genius. it's my first book I've read that he's authored. and it won't be my last. it is evident in his ability to tell the story from multiple perspectives, including a dog. the dog perspective is literary genius.
MacLeod Andrews is perfect in his delivery. my favourite narrator so far. Great articulation and pace.
You will not be disappointed.
Started off good and continued good throughout the book. It was a good book about the relationship between a man and his dog. It also gave a good background on how a dog uses his sense of smell. I enjoyed the book all the way through. I don't like books with a lot of crude language - I found the language in this book appropriate for the content. The reader was easy to listen to and easy to understand. The difference in voices for the different characters was also good. I will be "reading" more books by this author.
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
I avoided Robert Crais' "Suspect" (2013) for the longest time. I was worried about the dog, you see. There have been bad experiences. No, I like pets just fine - but anthropomorphizing them drives me crazy. As much as I respect Rita Mae Brown (1944-present) as a queer writer (Rubyfruit Jungle (1983)) and a feminist, her Mrs. Murphy cozy mysteries ("Wish You Were Here" (1990); "Rest in Pieces" (1992); etc.) with its talking cat, Sneaky Pie Brown, makes me scared I'll spend my dotage expecting my cats to read the New York Times and offer their opinions on politics or the latest off-Broadway play.
In "Suspect" Crais introduces 3 year old German shepherd Maggie, a US Marine service dog retired from active duty when she's badly injured by an explosive device after 3 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her handler is killed, a loss that Maggie will always remember. Maggie's a smart, loyal dog; an instinctually brave dog; a thinking dog; and a dog with scars inside and out - but she remains a member of Canis lupus familiaris.
Maggie's new alpha is Scott James, a LAPD officer who lost his partner and almost lost his life in the crossfire of a gun battle between two gangs. The officers just happened to stop for a break, unwittingly, in what became no man's land. James isn't over the shooting and his partner's death, not physically, not mentally, and not emotionally. Crais writes wounds like someone who has scars and has lived with them, and who knows psychotherapy inside and out.
Crais' Los Angeles is a character on its own, a place where hard striving immigrant businessmen sell cheap clothing and worry about being robbed, where quietness is to be marveled at; and people who see what they aren't supposed to see die. It's far from the artful hipness of the Silverlake District; the quickly gentrifying Echo Park, with abulitas pushed out for mid-30's first time parents; and the kosher markets and Schuls of the Fairfax District.
The narrator is MacLeod Andrews, and he's mostly good. There was one place where I was confused about what character he was reading, but that was probably an editor issue. I wasn't so wild about his narration of women characters, though.
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When the POV shifted to the mind of the dog.
yes, as the dog part was unique
I loved this book, could not put it down. The characters are well written and you get pulled into their lives and the story. Loved the dog Maggie most of all. The story builds at a good pace, the story has a thrilling ending. The end is not given away. I am not an expert on service dogs but I learned a lot and the author seems to have do e his homework.
I teared up at some points and my heart raced at others.
Narrator was excellent.
One of the best books I have read/listened to in a long time, and I finish a book a week.
Hope this turns into a series, love the characters and where the story left off. I am guessing the author is a dogs lover from the way he writes about and describes Maggie. Dog peek are the best.
I recommend this book if you like police procedural, thrillers and dogs.
A gripping story I blasted through in two days out of insatiable greed. This author found a way to write from the dog, Maggie's point of view without sentimentality or manipulation. As a main character she is just as endearing as her Pack leader Scott. I loved this story.
I admit that I'm a dog lover, but this book has given me a new appreciation. of my own 12 yo terrier mix. Although satisfying, he mystery wasn't as gripping as the performance and the character development. The main character was a believably lovable asshole and his service dog's broken phsychy unfolded along with his recovery. Aspects of this novel were unique, as in a dog's narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed the adrenaline, mourning, and healing of the dog's personality.