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Suspect Audiobook

Suspect

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.
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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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    Juliette alpena, MI, United States 01-17-15
    Juliette alpena, MI, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice change of pace"

    Really nice story about a war torn dog and a broken street cop who are brought together and form an unbreakable bond.

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    Claudette Canada 01-15-15
    Claudette Canada 01-15-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Had me enthralled from the start"

    I loved this book. It is so well written and narrated, I felt as if I was right there with the main characters. And this is the very 1st time I read/learn about special dogs, police dogs, and it brings such a huge respect for animal and teachers/owners of these wonderful dogs. I look forward to my next reading of books from Robert Crais.

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    Emily 01-14-15
    Emily 01-14-15
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    "great listen"

    The plot was great as was the reader! it accompanied me on a drive from Arizona to Washington. I wish I would have gotten it sooner!

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    Judith W. Henry 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read"

    The authors use of story telling from different character perspective adds a nice variation. He actually does a good job of giving the dog a voice!

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    sherri Gluth 01-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Dog lover"

    This is a must read for dog lovers. Full of suspense as well as entertaining . Gave me a new appreciation for how smart dogs really are

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    Amazon Customer Nottingham, NH 01-08-15
    Amazon Customer Nottingham, NH 01-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Right on the money for holding interest, fast pace"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes good story, fast paced. Lots of action.


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

    yes, wanted to know what was happening and why.


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

    Emotion. Even from a man's point of view he was full of emotion and you felt each characters feelings.


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

    Very heart warming and a tear jerker.


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    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 01-08-15
    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Much different than anticipated!"

    I expected a book much different and was thrilled with the content. After the first few chapters it was apparent the direction it would take. However, what wasn't apparent was the ending.

    Throughout the book, I kept thinking, Officer James is either a rookie (which he wasn't) or a complete goof when it comes to investigation and general observation techniques. However, it became apparent the main character was Maggie (in my mind) and the role she would play in the entire novel.

    I kept rooting for her versus Officer James who she was partnered with in their 'recovery'.

    As others stated, it is more a book of healing than crime drama and the early chapters set-up the entire book. If you read many crime novels in the past, the 'villains' become obvious 2/3 into the book.

    This is a book that I kept turning on and hoping my 'trip' wouldn't end so I could finish it.

    Again, not your normal crime novel but more of a book of healing and value.

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    "A Must!!!"

    Caught me from the beginning and had me hooked all the way through. This was written and narrated very well.

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    Pat 01-08-15
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    "OMG I love Robert Crais"
    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    Heart, suspense, intense


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    All of Crais books are great but each stands alone.


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

    Maggie


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

    Many moments, couldn't pick one


    Any additional comments?

    I was afraid to get this book as I was afraid it would be some goopy "what a sweet dog" book. But I trusted the author, based on all his other books, not to throw me a lemon. And, he didn't .. Great Book. !! If you haven't read Robert Crais, do yourself a favor and start now. Hours and hours of awesomeness.

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    Diana Murrieta, CA, United States 01-05-15
    Diana Murrieta, CA, United States 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Sweet Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, especially if they are a dog person or a veteran or a cop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the facts about the olfactory senses of a dog. How they are a permanent memory like we humans remembering the colour orange. I also liked the descriptor of how Maggie didn't understand certain things but 'knew' what they meant by the demeanor, smell and tone of voice of her leader. I think what moved me most was that Scott wanted in the k=9 unit so he could be alone and not have ' a partner'- but soon learned that his K-9 partner was as much if not more of a partner than a human. That the leash was more like a nerve running between dog and handler.


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

    Maggie


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

    Pack - is Everything. Alpha Happy, Pack Happy.


    Any additional comments?

    Would be nice to know if there is a way to train these Military or police dogs to allow 'friendlies' like the paramedics to approach their alpha/masters when they are injured-like a specific command word that would make the dog allow them to help.

    I started this book when I first downloaded it and was so upset within the 20 minutes thinking that maggie the Military War Dog had been killed, that I stopped listening. About a year later I decided to give it another try and very pleased that I did. Worth the read.

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    BROXBURN, United Kingdom
    2/19/13
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    "Brilliant Read"

    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.

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  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    2/13/13
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    "Superb"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • CathyR
    Ilminster, United Kingdom
    2/11/13
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    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    United Kingdom
    6/10/13
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    "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.
    What next?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robin B
    Hampshire, England
    4/21/13
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theo
    Billingham, United Kingdom
    2/11/13
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    "Solid Crais"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. Mccarra
    Scotland
    9/26/13
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ant
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    9/20/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    7/30/13
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    "Bit sappy but I liked it - I love dogs."
    Would you listen to Suspect again? Why?

    Possibly.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I suppose the dog bits were a bit sappy - but I didn't mind so much because I love dogs.


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

    When the dog thinks her previous master has returned. And realises he hasn't.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    4/29/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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