I wanted to take some time off from science fiction -- so I went to the "police procedurals" list on Audible and looked for the highest rated book with more than a few ratings. This was it -- and for good reason. I've read Crais before, but this seemed to be particularly good. Do not read it if you don't like dogs.
I know I'll like this book much better the second or third time around... this first time I listened, I was holding my breath during most of it, so I couldn't really concentrate. It's VERY tense -- and if you're a crazy dog lady like I am, you will be scared to death something is going to happen to Maggie.
"Suspect" is a great book in every respect. I loved Maggie, the damaged, come-from-behind German Shepard -- everybody will love her. It would be impossible not to love a dog with that much heart. Loved Scott James, the equally damaged police officer, trying for a comeback, battling his own demons. The villains were just evil enough, perfectly believable. Crais wisely didn't try to insert a "love interest" or try to turn this into a love story, when the book needed no such thing - it was the love between Maggie and Scott that was important. MacLeod Andrews did a perfect narration -- including narrating Maggie's parts, which he did very well. All in all, just great.
Interesting that a very similar -- and equally good -- book came out awhile ago, "Burning Man" by Alan Russell, also available on Audible. In that book, the damaged police dog was "Sirius" who'd been seriously burned in the line of duty, and the also wounded police officer trying for the comeback was Michael Gideon. "Burning Man" has a more complex plot, with several "cold cases" going on, whereas Robert Crais spent more time talking about working dogs, how they learn, what they learn, what astonishing capabilities they have. I loved that book too -- they're both well done.
I'm hoping for sequels to both books -- keep 'em coming!
I would add the print version to my collection as I just LOVED the audio book.
Both the Scott and his best girl Maggie are fantastic characters. Scott and Maggie are struggling in their own unique ways.
Maggies recollection of her time with her handler Scott at the timber yard. Her thoughts and his reassuring touch is just lovely.
This mystery is exciting, the characters amazing and it really is a page turner!
This is about a troubled LAPD cop and his similarly emotionally-challenged dog Maggie. Crais introduces the conceit of writing alternate chapters from Maggie’s point of view. Do dogs really think like this? He was consistent in limiting her abilities to reason, but, perhaps for that reason, it just got tiresome. The ending was predictable.
What saved the day for me was the narration by MacLeod Andrews. He was terrific.
When I finished listening to this book, it felt a little more like I'd been listening to the description of some episode of a television show than a book. It's not that I didn't enjoy the story, but it was all sort of short and sweet. There wasn't anything extra, everything is very straightforward, no extra character histories or even extra characters, no romance, no crazy plot twists, no extra plot lines. I don't know if that's really a criticism, but I guess the book could have been twice as long if things had been fleshed out a little. Anyway, if you're looking for a well narrated book with a good plot that moves along quickly then you'll probably like this book.
Absolutely worth the time! The story is super cute in its man-and-his-best-partner, aspects while also being a very full-fledged police thriller that will keep you listening. Is it the most intricate thriller I've ever read? No. But the dog makes up for it 100%. If you're undecided, definitely go for it.
On the narration: MacLeod Andrews knocks another one out of the park with this narration, he is playful without letting a single sinister moment get away from him, and he had me in tears with his impersonation of the dog during some of the scenes from her perspective.
Avid reader for 45 years
Loved the part of Maggie, the German Shepard who was a Marine dog, and now is being trained to be a police dog. The human characters were good too but the dog is what really got to me.
I'm not a dog person, but I fell in love with beautiful, loyal, Maggie. I liked Scott too and the story was good.
My 13-year old enjoyed the story too.
Please can we have more of Maggie and Scott.
Absolutely beautiful story
Emotional healing and connection between main characters
This is my first time listening to a book read by MacLeod Andrews and I think he is excellent.
At the end of the book the encounter between Sgt. Leland and the recovery room nurse when the audience realized that Scott and Maggie had won. Made me cry.
I am a dog lover.
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..