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.
Nothing too deep here. Not a lot of character development and the peak of the action is short-lived. Was just ok.
The relationships between Maggie and the men in her life.
Hard to pick just one, so it has to be Maggie and Scott
Great performance with the many different characters
I don't usually cry listening to books, but there were a couple of times that I cried with what was happening with Maggie.
The first book of the series and I have since read the second which is just as good.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
This is a great audio book, and while the story does start with tragedy, it isn't a sad animal story at all. It's about overcoming and healing and moving on. But, basically it's a well written story, with great 3-D characters, an interesting, unpredictable and twisty plot with a bit of exciting action, and military and police procedures framing the events.
The dog part is very interesting for an animal person with all the bits about military and police training woven throughout the book. And, the point of view of the dog is not "humanized" but an interpretation of a dog's world view that is very possible.
The narrator is very good and does a wonderful job throughout.
This book was amazing. I love the way it was told from the point of view of the characters including Maggie the German Sheppard. I would recommend this to all.
i loved maggie's story- the details of her abilities- like, how precise and how much she can smell. plus, the way she related to scott, in the car or when she was afraid or happy. the author must of taken time to know how dogs will act. scott is young and ambitious at the beginning of the story. as the story progressed i liked him more and more as he was learning and changing. scott's youth or inexperience meant he made foolish mistakes, which provoked me a bit. but maggie helped him in several of those occasions. this is only one way that they make a great team. i hope to read many more stories with maggie and scott.
I loved this book! I am an animal lover to the point that I sometimes can't watch or even listen to anything where animals are hurt or killed. (Even Disney movies) So, I was almost afraid to listen to this book. I am so glad I did. It was a very good story with good characters and the performance was really good. I will most definitely look for more books by this author and narrator.
This is a perfectly entertaining book, but I would put it in the 'average entertainment' category. The writing is adequate, the story is average (with some elements of suspense and mystery), and it was engaging enough for me to listen to the whole story.
It's pretty weak in character development and originality, but they can't all be 5 star experiences. I bought it on sale which is good because I would have been disappointed if I had used a credit for it.
The narration struck me as very flat and monotone.
Read really well...simple story that moves well is a good read. Take a listen
This book is fast paced and intense at the end. I liked the different points of view and how the relationship between the man and his dog grows. enough humor to keep it interesting.
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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