I've been a fan of Crais for twenty years, but this one's special. The emotions of the characters, including Maggie (the German Shepherd) are so real and beautifully rendered that at times I could barely stand it. Also, it's an honorable tribute to the working dogs, especially those who live and work with cops and soldiers. so brave, so devoted to their "pack of two." Just beautiful.
Thank you to Robert Crais, and to MacLeod Andrews, who did an outstanding job of narrating the story!
I listen to a little bit of everything but my favorites genres in audio are mystery, UF, fantasy and romance.
I bought Suspect just because MacLeod Andrews is the narrator. I hadn’t even remembered that I had read a previous book by this author (The Two Minute Rule) so I had no expectations besides the excellent narration. But in the prologue, we see Maggie’s POV (yes, the dog has a POV!) from the time when she lost her handler. And I was hooked.
And in love.
With the dog.
And I’m not even a dog person!
Like Maggie, Scott also lost his partner to violence and 9 months later, the culprits haven’t been apprehended. Scott’s life has changed dramatically since the shooting: he’s in pain, traumatized, and stubbornly refusing to take a medical retirement. It’s not clear why Scott decides to go for the K-9 unit but once he does, his and Maggie’s path intersect.
Slowly, Scott begins to bond with Maggie, even talking to his own shrink to find out how to help with her PTSD. At the same time, Scott gets involved in the investigation about his shooting, now that new detectives are on the case. This was the weak part of the book. After I remembered "The Two Minute Rule", I realized the plots were very similar. Same bad guys, same motive. The way in which Scott found the witness seemed too convoluted (although I understand this was a way to involve Maggie) and how he became a “suspect” was so fishy that you wonder how the Police was taken in. I liked Maggie and Scott so much though that I just went along for the ride.
I loved how the author did Maggie’s POV. Her thoughts are all about pleasing and protecting Scott, who after a time, she considers her Alpha. With Scott, she’s all sweetness but when she’s on the job, she's all business. She’s constantly evaluating threats and totally fierce when Scott is in danger. Her favorite mantra is: “Scott safe. Maggie safe. Pack safe.” She’s so precious! (I told you I’m in love.:)
As usual, MacLeod Andrews rocked the narration. His voices are great, his pacing is just perfect - I speed up most narrators but NEVER him!
Overall, I think any mystery reader will enjoy this book but for animal lovers, it will be a definite treat.
As an animal lover it was hard to get through first couple of chapters. Stick with it and you won't regret it. I love how Maggie the German Shepard has her own voice briefly throughout the book and we can actually see the world as she does. The plot has many different levels and they are all so interesting that when the book switches to another plot line I was not bothered. Wonderful book and excellent narration.
Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up.
This was a very good book (not quite a 5 star to my standards). It has a very interesting take on telling a few of the scenes from a dog's point of view (not too many scenes) that contribute to the book. The good (for me) is that there is not too much gore or sacrificing of the "good guys.". The only things that i would have like to see more, is less emphasis on the tragedies of the protagonists, and a little more emphasis on the joy they find to keep on progressing. There is certainly lots of positive situations, scenes, maybe a little promise of romance, but i tend to like David Freed's Flat Spin a little more. Your tastes may be different and this may or may not be the perfect book for you, but it will certainly be worth the credit. I will come back to Robert Crais in the future, but i have a few more Must Listen To Books I need to make it through first.