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Suspect

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Kristy 01-25-13
    Kristy 01-25-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 06-05-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 06-05-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "The Good, The Bad, and The Dog"

    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!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-11-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Doggedly Wonderful!"

    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.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 04-13-16
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 04-13-16 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Pack Man"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 12-30-14
    Skipper 12-30-14

    A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.

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    "The Pack, Safe and Happy"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    martin Willowbrook, IL, United States 09-19-13
    martin Willowbrook, IL, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Crais does it again"
    What made the experience of listening to Suspect the most enjoyable?

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Francis BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 01-24-13
    Francis BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! I am retired. I was born January 27, 1945. I enjoy listening and read books. Mystery/thrillers are my favorite.

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    "Maggie is a great dog! I will listen to this again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    I have not read Suspect, however, after listening, I believe reading it would be just as
    good. It's a great story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me listening because, the bad guys were a pretty good mystery.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Scott growing protective of Maggie. Maggie coming to accept Scott as "pack".


    Any additional comments?

    I would like more stories of Scott and Maggie. They are just getting started!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David Costello 02-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "great read"

    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!)

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Troutscout CA 09-10-13
    Troutscout CA 09-10-13 Member Since 2016

    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

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    "This is a dog persons book."
    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    Perhaps one by Nora Roberts (can't remember the title). Otherwise no comparison. The other books are too sentimental.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't know if I have or not.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm Trainable


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-28-13
    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read for dog lovers. Crais does it again!"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Dennis Fairbrother
    8/15/16
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    "Just loved the characters"

    I've listened to this book twice now and I love the strength of the characters and whilst the stories are not complex they still keep you listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Nicholls
    7/22/15
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    "Gripping"
    Would you listen to Suspect again? Why?

    yes I would. I find that there's always parts that are missed or misremembered when listening to audio books, as there are in normal reading. Also I enjoy it so much the first time around.


    What other book might you compare Suspect to, and why?

    I've listened to all Robert Crais novels and I think 'Suspect' is different in as much as an animals thoughts are aired. The emotions brought forth in this book compare, I think, with 'The last detective'. The tension and emotion in both novels compares well, right up to the gripping end.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. Both. Laughing at the reaction of Maggie to a new pack leader. Crying at her bravery when she was trying to defend him towards the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert Crais is an exceptional author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark H
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    1/16/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    7/7/14
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    "Heartwarming"
    What made the experience of listening to Suspect the most enjoyable?

    One of the most heartwarming books with great characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Relationship between Scott and magpie


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not sure


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    leicester, United Kingdom
    2/24/14
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    "Suspect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Scott and Maggie as they learn to heal each other, very moving!


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favourite?

    They were all very good!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the very beginning with Maggie and Pete....


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely story, well told and I learned about dog behaviour as an added bonus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Blackpool, United Kingdom
    2/21/14
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    "A Completely 'Different' and Touching Story"
    What did you like most about Suspect?

    The unexpected emotional kick!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

    Maggie charging into the warehouse near the end.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favourite?

    Maggie


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    Noone, whether animal lover or not, could fail to be moved by this story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jonan
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    2/20/14
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    "man and dog"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    What other book might you compare Suspect to, and why?

    I cant they don,t usually have a story line where the dog is one of the two stars so different


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    when they first meet it is so lovely and tender and yet so powerful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for something a little bit different then this is a great book to go for. Perfect narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Rifflart
    Hampshire
    2/13/14
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    "A Story from both the human and canine perspective"
    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Really a great performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "amazing story"

    Everything great story line holds you from begining to end
    Very emotinal in places could not put it down

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tinyNorman
    Wisconsin
    1/20/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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