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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Definitely yes!!! MacLeod Andrews was AMAZING at performing this book, with just the right voices, intonation, emphases, silences and emotions. Wow!!!! Audible, thank you for this lovely book. However if you are reading this, I highly recommend you change the book's sample to the prologue. The very first scene is fast paced, draws you into this page-turner thriller, and I knew I was hooked from the very beginning.
Scott. His PTSD ached so bad, and his pain lingered in my mind.
All of them were spectacular, but I especially liked Maggie. I find it an original take to incorporate the dog not only as a character but also one with episodes and thoughts. I love dogs and I don't doubt for a second their intelligence, but I've never seen it done before in a book, not like that. Very well-done, both the writing and the performance.
Most of the book did. Especially the comments from the tough sergeant Leeland. A dog is man's best friend, and he knows it.
I can't believe I waited this long (nearly 2 months) since I bought this to have a listen. All the positive reviews here are right. Can't wait to check out other Robert Crais novels.
Suspect is fiction and the best books in my queue are the Great Courses Series non-fiction / history, but I enjoyed this man and dog love fest told from the perspectives of the dog and his handler.
Yes. I love that the dog's point of view is presented. A traumatic event leaves the dog without his handler and a bit confused about his new job. The dog quickly bonds with his new handler who finds himself a suspect in the murder that he is investigating. There's some love interest and the story keeps the reader guessing about how the story will resolve.
I enjoyed the male voice. His deep and resonant voice is easy on the ears and his portrayals of women are also believable. Definitely easy on the ears.
I always get caught up in the stories, but this book definitely held my interest. It resolved a little too easily for my taste, but I liked the outcome. The story wasn't so much about solving a crime but about the relationships that bond one individual to another. A story well told by a powerful reader.
I did not know what to expect of this book, but I am glad I chose to listen. The story is well-written, and characters believable, and the narration superb. I really enjoyed this listen!
I don't know of any book to compare this one to, but I have read several more stories by Robert Crais since this book. Truly an exceptional writer.
His characters were believable, and he had great ease with gender and dialect changes.
It was, but I spaced it out as it was soooo gooood!!!
Crais--no. I only finished this one to see how bad it would get.
MacLeod Andrews--yes. He did a fine job, the material wasn't his fault.
Treated his reader as an intelligent adult. I don't need passages like "Scott James had a message on his answering machine from Jana Crowley (I can't recall the character's acutal name). "Hi, Scott, this is Jana Crowley." Really, Mr. Crais? Also, take it from this actual dog trainer, the training scenes and the dog's reactions were ludicrous.
It was short.
Tell us about yourself!
I love this book! The backgrounds and eventual teaming of the man and dog made for a "feel good" story. Suddenly, while invesitigating a massacre, they really step in some deep doo doo. Lives and careers beyond their own are threatened. The satisfactory resolution wraps up all the loose ends.
The narration by MacLeod Andrews is well done.
Loved the vivid detail from human and animal perspective
You begin to root for the characters as the story progresses. Maggie steals your heart
There are too many good scenes to name but watching the realationship between animal and human was very compelling.
Mans best friend
This book rates among the best audiobooks I've listened to.
You will fall in love with Maggie and Scott.
I really enjoyed his performance in the Sandman Slim series but this performance is my favorite. MacLeod is very talented and he creates memorable characters.
I cried and laughed but this book is also action packed. At certain parts of the book I wasn't able to sit still, I paced the floor.
I'm so happy that I found Robert Crais at this point in his career. He has written so many books that I look forward to reading or listening to.This is a message to the author: please give us more of Scott, Maggie and MacLeod.
I was not familiar with Robert Crais but I enjoy action thrillers and this is a very good one. I certainly was not disappointed and the book managed to hold my attention. I can recommend it.
As a person with dyslexia, audio books give me the opportunity to "read" wonderful books that I would otherwise miss. Thank you for this fabulous service.
What an interesting situation. I've read a lot of the "buddy cop" mysteries. One partner is usually damaged in some way while the other is the stable, reliable one. This was a different approach. Both partners are seriously damaged. Both have survived and have some survivor's guilt.
The relationship between the man and the dog is lovely to watch unfold. Both have trust issues. Those get resolved.
There are some weak points. This team seems to come together a little too quickly. They seem to have a little too much freedom. The case itself became a little predictable. But, all in all, it was a nice twist on a much-overused plot line. I hope there is not a sequel because a lot of the charm of it was the getting acquainted part.
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