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 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!)
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
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.
Suspense from beginning to end. I do like Crais' writing and this one is top drawer. And, I've never owned a dog. Read (listen to) the story and you'll understand my comment. You won't be disappointed.
Stumbled across this book and based on the reviews I took a chance. Really enjoyed the book even though I wished it was longer. The narration was well done and given that I'm a dog lover I could really relate to the story line.
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.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
And I am a dog lover. I was also glad to read other reviews from women who had tears in their eyes after the end of the prologue chapter. I teared up several times during this very smoothly written and performed story. I'll admit I fell for the anthropomorphic Maggie bits 100% and I usually try to avoid doing that but Crais pulled me in with his writing.
This is a story of bravery and love and it's done very nicely. I'm sure it will become a much loved story this year...I listened to it straight thru..It's 3AM and here I am blowing my nose and wiping the tears away.
Listening to the integral way Crais wrote about the H and his dog put a smile on my face. Crais wrote as though the dog could speak too. But he did it in a way that kept the dog as a dog not completely like giving the dog human characteristics. Instead, it seemed to be plausible, gave insight into how a dog might figure things out, which we—dog owners—see a dog do all the time. I know I’m often amazed at how my lab-mixed dog just seems to know some things. And I certainly didn’t figure out what was really going on with the mystery, though I had a vague idea the vicinity within which the burden would land. From the riveting opening of the book until the end, I was hooked. I loved the characters, and the narrator did a good job with all of them.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
This is more than just a dog story. It is a tale of two emotionally and physically wounded beings, a dog and a man, who find each other and heal together. As I have not read any of Crais' books before, I can't compare this to them. For me, this was a great listen, well-narrated and well-written. I will definitely look for more from this author.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
My first Robert Crais. I absolutely loved it. By giving Maggie a voice Crais taught us so much about how these wonderful dogs are trained and how they interpret the training.
I also loved seeing how Scot and Maggie's relationship developed and they bonded so closely. The story line was great. Terrific book.
"A well written and entertaining LA cop novel"
In my view, Robert Crais and Michael Connelly dominate the LA cop crime novel scene at the moment. In this book, Crais does an excellent job of making a dog one of the key protagonists. I think this was a tricky thing to do and could have gone badly wrong, but he made it work very well. The story was good as were the characters, and the narrator was first class. If you like LA cop crime novels then you will like this. However, it is not as rich a novel as ‘The Two Minute Rule’, which has a more complex plot and more fully drawn characters.
One of the most heartwarming books with great characters.
Relationship between Scott and magpie
A must listen
I would definitely recommend this book! I found it difficult to put down and was actually sad that I had finished it! This was my first book by this author and I will certainly try some more.
The relationship between Scott and Maggie as they learn to heal each other, very moving!
They were all very good!
At the very beginning with Maggie and Pete....
Lovely story, well told and I learned about dog behaviour as an added bonus!
"A Completely 'Different' and Touching Story"
The unexpected emotional kick!
Maggie charging into the warehouse near the end.
All of it moved me.
Noone, whether animal lover or not, could fail to be moved by this story
"man and dog"
most definitely this was a fantastic book I loved the way the narrator speaks for the dog excellent story excellent narrator would recommend a great story a great read. I looked forward to going back to my story of an evening
I cant they don,t usually have a story line where the dog is one of the two stars so different
when they first meet it is so lovely and tender and yet so powerful.
yes the part were Maggie is going for the man at the car and then it tells you that a shot is fired and I can honestly say my heart was in my mouth and I said out loud OH NO and wondered whether I would regret having read thus far. Obviously cannot make any other remarks for those who would read the book
If you are looking for something a little bit different then this is a great book to go for. Perfect narration
"A Story from both the human and canine perspective"
One of the best
I love Robert Crais novels and this is so wonderfully different. He has a magic way of describing the feelings of both the damaged man and his damaged dog. I was so on edge as I worried about them both in this great story
Really a great performance.
I wish I could have listen to it in one bite. Instead I had to listen to it over several evenings and it was agony having to wait for the next installment
Everything great story line holds you from begining to end
Very emotinal in places could not put it down
"Skilled narration, flawed story"
There are 2 difficult angles to this novel. The dog-centric sections are a bit over the top: dog thinking like a person, all the doggie-language interactions get old. The story itself is reasonably engaging, i.e. the trauma of the initial assault, losing his partner, and then the investigation of who did it. But when the lead character keeps making wrong-headed choices, especially after being specifically warned to be careful and honest about getting involved in the case, well, I had to just give it up. Couldn't finish it: Too unrealistic, or else he should never have been a policeman to begin with.
"Crime Thriller with Humanity!"
Beautifully written, and Robert Crais always remembers the human side of his main characters.
His books are always about relationships, whilst being thunderously fast page turners.
Michael Connolly, as far as LA Crime Drama goes, and a the best ever book on "How To Better Understand Your Dog".
Not sure, I read the book first and loved it so much I just needed the audio version 'near me' on long drives!
First chapter - Last chapter.
Robert Crais writes a book a year. Get them all..
"Turner and Hooch"
Logically you know humans can't know what dogs think - but it's so easy to believe that the author knew exactly what emotions Maggie had! The small insights often brought a smile to my face, if you like dogs, you can't help not liking this story.
A marine dog suffering from PTSD is matched with a policeman suffering the same affliction. Maggie will be taken to your heart by the end of the tale.
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