Audie Award Finalist, Thriller/Suspense, 2014
For 25 years, Robert Crais has written extraordinary novels of crime and suspense. He is "a master of crime fiction" (Associated Press); "his novels get better with every new book" (Portland Oregonian); "Crais is hands-down the world’s greatest crime writer" (The Huffington Post).
But in Suspect, he may have written his most remarkable novel of all.
LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner.
Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.
They are each other’s last chance. He was a young cop on the rise; she was bred to guard and protect. Now they are shunned and shunted to the side. They are suspect. And together they will set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie.
Nine months and sixteen days later, they remained free. They were still out there.
What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and where it will lead them will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say.
Thrilling, emotional, intense, with some of the best characters and well-crafted writing in all of crime fiction, Suspect is further proof that "Crais just keeps getting better" (Publishers Weekly).
©2013 Robert Crais (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Absolutely gripping from the start . . . the scene in Afghanistan with Maggie and Pete . . . it tore at me like a saw into raw meat . . . Then as the story continued in LA when Maggie was donated to the police department and began working with Scott, the two wounded warriors began a journey that I couldn't stop listening to . . . both struggling against deep physical and emotional injuries so devastating that most folks have given up on them. As they team up together though, dog and police officer, you can't help but start rooting for them. There's a lot of mystery and suspense, and the deck is stacked against Scott and Maggie. This is a great listen!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
This is as good as it gets. This time the bad guys took on a pair of that they shouldn't have . Maggy is a wonderful heroine. Crais's style involves getting into the heads of many of his ensemble casts and this time he's roamed convincingly inside the head of Maggie-The-Marine-Dog with convincing power. This is a book to love! Oh... and not as an afterthought... MacLeaod Andrews deservers a ton more work, great job.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Excellent narration. I liked the story, and want a sequel. I smiled, chuckled a little, and teared up a time or two. This is my first book by this author, but I've seen plenty of his crime-drama television series. This felt similar, with that general expectation that everything will turn out okay for the good guys in the end. Mind you, not without loss, and I had my doubts at one point, when things went south for the Pack.
And that's the part of the book I liked best. The dog Maggie, rejoicing to form a new pack. How she loved her new alpha, Scott James. Her joy at being able to protect and serve him. He may be all about saving the world and avenging his dead partner Stephanie, but Maggie Girl is all about him. Whatever makes him happy. Whatever keeps him safe. Whatever keeps the pack together.
Such a simplistic mindset must be easy on the psyche. But even Maggie suffered from PTSD, so it's not always a walk in the park.
The POV is 3rd person. It hops around from Scott to varied other characters, including the dog. The setting is Los Angeles. The language includes some swearing and religious profanity, which I don't like -- especially in audiobook -- but there wasn't much of it.
I liked the stuff about how a dog thinks and how a German Shepherd's nose works. Amazing olfactory ability, and the author wove it into the story without creating an info-dump feeling. I liked the director of the K-9 division, Dominic Leland.
I figured out who done it half-way in, so it was predictable, but that's fine with me. And I didn't know how or why or who else was in on it, so there's some suspense.
I wanted to see how other important characters responded to the denouement. Other detectives, retired and on active duty. But that ain't how he wrote it. Bummer.
There's the potential for a budding romance between Scott and a particular woman, but Maggie is his best girl.
Top drawer narrator. Would listen to him again.
The way that he tells half the story through the dogs eyes is incredible. I have a whole new respect for our k9 friends. I was absorbed by the explanations told through the dogs eyes as I think most readers of this book will find themselves.
Tell us about yourself! I am retired. I was born January 27, 1945. I enjoy listening and read books. Mystery/thrillers are my favorite.
I have not read Suspect, however, after listening, I believe reading it would be just as
good. It's a great story.
The plot kept me listening because, the bad guys were a pretty good mystery.
All the scenes with Maggie and Scott are my favorite. listening to their relationship develop was the best. I really liked how the author wrote some scenes from Maggies point of view.
Scott growing protective of Maggie. Maggie coming to accept Scott as "pack".
I would like more stories of Scott and Maggie. They are just getting started!
I really enjoyed this short, sweet book about a broken detective that teams up with a broken dog to solve crimes and heal each other along the way. If you've ever had a dog that you loved than this one will bring tears to your eyes (and keep you on the edge of your seat!)
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
This book has been hovering on the edge of my awareness for some time and I can’t really say why I haven’t downloaded it before now. Getting it on sale tipped the balance and I am very happy with the outcome.
When it comes down to it, this is a fairly standard police procedural at its core, but the characters that flesh out the bones make it exceptional, especially Maggie the Marine dog who joins Scott in his quest for redemption. Crais’ genius was to let us into the thoughts of Maggie, how she perceived her partnership with Scott and the evolution of them as a “pack”. This added an emotional punch unlike any human partnerships I’ve read. It also added welcome humor, as when we see through Maggie’s eyes her thoughts about Scott trying to get her to fetch a ball. (I guess I know now what my dog Charlie is thinking when I try the same thing.)
The central mystery is well developed, avoids red herrings and thankfully avoids ridiculous romantic entanglements that only serve as distractions. The tension builds believably and we worry for Scott and Maggie at the same time we are rooting for them. Mostly well read, but as too often happens, the male reading of the female voices left something lacking. But I loved the gruff canine unit sergeant. Good entertainment reading recommended for mystery/thriller lovers. Will likely check out future entries in the series, mainly to revisit Maggie.
Grew up during the last vestiges of the radio age. Loved 'The Shadow' and 'Green Hornet', etc. I prefer my own images of characters overTV
I've listened to maybe 300 plus audiobooks, so many that I lose track. But when it comes to books featuring man's best friend, this is the best.
Perhaps one by Nora Roberts (can't remember the title). Otherwise no comparison. The other books are too sentimental.
Don't know if I have or not.
My wife is a dog trainer (make that a trainer of people who have dogs). She listened up to the explosion and almost quit. I promised her that this really was a great book about a brave man and dog and please don't give up on it.
So she got back into it. AND absolutely loved it.
This is a great read for dog lovers and well worth the credit even if you are not. Crais is an excellent writer and the narration was great. Good storyline and an overall great read. I probably liked it more than the average reader because one of the characters is a dog, but it's a great story even if you are not a "dog person". What else can I say? You won't be sorry you purchased this book and if you have never read Robert Crais - purchase anything by him and you will be hooked.
Having been a fan of Robert Crais for as long as he has been writing, ordered this without a thought. Loved it from beginning to end. Scott James jumps of the page as a wounded but determined hero and his relationship with Maggie takes over the book. There is a good story at the back but the two main characters just capture your heart. Want more of these characters from Mr Crais and I think that says it all.
This wasn't such an intense thriller as one would expect from Robert Crais, and at the beginning I was a bit disappointed at the 'googey-goo' speak directed at the Maggie, the dog. However, I got used to it , and accepted the reasoning behind it.
The story is really about the relationship between a police dog and her handler, but with a lot more complexities than that statement offers. The story was good, though as I suggest - not as intense or involved as one would normally expect. The characters were brilliant, and I really cared about their well being and how they solved the crime. An excellent read
"Robert Crais rocks!"
This is one of the best stories, it was a very emotional roller coaster of a book not least because I love dogs and had GSDs for 25+ years. I loved Scott and Maggie and the interaction between them, the building of trust and love after the traumas they both suffered. Mr Crais has a wonderful insight into the relationship between dogs and humans.
And the murder/mystery plot has everything to keep the listener enthralled. Can't recommend this enough!
"Another facet of Mr.Crais' storytelling."
A wonderful, vivid book that brought me frequently to almost-tears!
After the fabulous Elvis Cole and Joe Pike books, I did not see this one coming.
"Newest Robert Crais thriller - Suspect""
I really enjoyed every minute of this crime thriller in which Maggie - a German Shepherd and former (injured) war-dog became a police dog with the LAPD and has a starring role in helping her handler Scott James in solving a serious crime. Story is narrated in part by Maggie as well as by Scott James - so unusually you hear the dog's side of this riveting story. I listened to it over a couple of days in every spare moment that I had. Robert Crais goes from strength to strength with his story-telling. This is one of his best yet
While anticipating the return of either Elvis Cole or Joe Pike, I happily downloaded the latest RC novel. Being a canine enthusiast, I did't find it hard to get caught by the story quickly. The vivid narration by MacLeod Andrews further helped to draw me in and I did only miss the familar and brilliant Robert Williams very little. The relatively short running time of 8,5 hrs makes the audiobook an enjoyable but all too quickly passing listen. All in all a nice plot albeit perhaps a bit predictable but then you won't download a crime book expecting James Joyce. Maybe not the best Crais ever but certainly worth the money and nice touch to have the "dog-angle" in the story.
"There has to be more Scott & Maggie"
Excellent story line. Love the build up of the dog/handler relationship. We must get more of this duo. In fact I want one NOW!
"A quick, enjoyable read for dog lovers"
I am not a massive fan of action / crime novels, but I was highly recommended this book as a dog lover. I found the story to be enjoyable, but nothing special, the writing solid and easy going.
In my mind, what separated this from any other well written, but run of the mill novel, was the dog. The telling of the tale partly from the dog's perspective was well done without the usual anthropomorphic view of animals as simply less intelligent humans. For me the dog was the hero of the story while the human character was the protagonist; this pairing worked rather well to produce an action story in which one emotionally invested in the characters and their relationship.
The narrator gave a solid performance with some good characterisation. I enjoyed this, but I doubt I will pick up anything else by the same author, however, I know others (fans of the genre) who have become fans of Crais from reading this book.
"Bit sappy but I liked it - I love dogs."
I suppose the dog bits were a bit sappy - but I didn't mind so much because I love dogs.
When the dog thinks her previous master has returned. And realises he hasn't.
"What an amazing book.... loved every second of it"
I have been a fan of RC for a while now and I really like everything that he does.
Suspect blew me away... I bought it to listen to in the car as I travel to see clients.. it cost me a days work, I couldn't switch it off.
Very Highly recommended.
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