I purchased this book with no expectations and it was surprisingly good. The chapters from the dog - Maggie's - perspective were perhaps the most interesting (if for no other reason that I have not often read narrative from an animal's perspective. It has strong pace - perhaps too strong because it is relatively short. But no point in annoying a reader's patience just to add pointless length. If nothing else Robert Crais has earned one more of my credits.
I loved this listen! I'm a dog lover so I appreciated the intensity of the characters who were trainers and the growth of Scott with his love for Maggie. Yes this is a book about a man who is shot, probably shouldn't be on patrol, and looking for the suspects. But it's also about dogs, their unconditional love and their desire to make us happy.
I didn't give 5 stars because it was an amazing story line overall but because of the development of the characters.
at first I was not certain if I would like the book but the further I listened l was hooked. this is a wonderful story between a police officer suffering pstd and a war dog suffering the same condition...how they bonded to protect. each other...... really enjoyed the ending after they had both been severely wounded yet again. if you like animal stories, I believe you will like this story!
LAPD cop Scott James was working hard toward his career goal of becoming part of the Swat team. His goal is derailed one night when he and his female partner witness an assassination. After several masked men gun down two men in a car they turn their guns on Scott and his partner. They think they killed both officers but Scott survived his injuries, carrying guilt for his partner’s death.
Nine months later Scott has shifted departments as a last effort to remain on the police force. Scott teams up with Maggie, a retired military dog who was injured by an explosion that killed her handler. Scott is given a couple of weeks to prove that he and Maggie can make the canine team. He not only needs to retrain Maggie but he needs to train himself to become a ‘dog’ person and accept a dog as his new partner.
Scott is asked to meet with the new detectives who are working the murder case where his partner was killed. He is given access to all of the files and information. Slowly he uncovers discrepancies in the investigation. But the clues he finds bring a startling suspicion. A witness Scott interviews is murdered and Scott is being framed. Scott and his new friends, including Maggie, are in danger. Scott needs to pull the clues together before anyone else is killed.
I enjoyed the wonderful suspense as well as the author’s somewhat unique writing technique. The author presents the opening and later chapters from Maggie’s thought perspective. These alternate with chapters from Scott’s view and a few from the view of Scott’s new friend, one of the case investigators. Maggie’s perspective adds a whole new light to the intensity and emotion of the story.
I appreciated the unfolding of the murder plot almost as much as I loved the relationship that grows between Scott and Maggie. There were times I found my player hard to turn off. I will definitely seek more work by Mr. Crais. I recommend this title to readers of mystery and suspense, those who like police procedure and to those who love the dog element.
Audio Notes: MacLeod Andrews does a good job with the narration. He conveys Scott's angst and manages to portray a believable Maggie. The audio added to my enjoyment of this book and I recommend this as a fast paced, suspenseful listen.
Didn't read the printed version.
Great inflection in his voice.
If you have ever owned a German Shepard you will understand this book. Maggy isn't a dog, she's family.
Where did Crais come up with the idea to partner both a cop and a German Shepard with PTSD? I have listened to this twice and will be going for my third time soon.
Must read for all dog lovers! Maggie's "voice" gave me a whole new perspective on dogs. Mr. Crais did an amazing job writing Maggie's story. It made me look at my own dog in a different way. The relationship between Maggie and Scott was so unique and interesting that I almost forget there was a crime to solve!
I loved how the story goes from one point of view to another. I love the narration. I love the characters!!!