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.
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.
This is a little out of the order of other Crais books but still enjoyable, all the same. The narrator did an excellent job. The story flows easily, and though it's quite easy to guess what is coming next, it has a satisfying end.
I liked Maggie best.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
...both suffer from PTSD, but for different reasons. This wonderful Robert Crais novel is about how they how the cop and the German Shepherd help each other heal as they become a team. This is one of few Crais detective thrillers that do not have private detectives Elvis Cole and/or Joe Pike as protagonists.
Very highly recommended!!
Crais' writing style, a "multiple" narrative where I never had to go back to figure out which character was in the moment.
Maggie, she yanked my heart out and then gave it back.
The male eye view
I have to admit it made me cry several times, however they were not all sad tears.
He rushed the ending a bit, unless of course he is planning on turning this into a series. Hint hint.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
This book was one I could NOT put down --- stop listening to! The reader was great. Several parts of the story kept me "hanging with "...what happened?" This is my first listen to one of Robert Crais tales ... I LOOK FROWARD TO MORE...!!!
You get the feel of the story being in audio
The bonding between man and dog
Being a dog lover, when Maggies first partner was killed I thought wow. Good healing story for man and beast.
Very good, being a fan of Pike and Cole I think this tops the cake.
If you want to learn a little about dogs and listen to a good mystery, this is for you. I couldn't put it down. I just wish it was a little longer. I didn't want to see it end.
This was a good story about a broken military dog and a broken cop. Granted, the premise and the growing body count were pretty "out there," but the dog kept me in the story. I liked the way the cop and the dog started to grow together as a team...or "pack" in dog terms. That was probably the best part of the story and certainly overcame the weakness of the overall plot.
If you are a dog person, you will probably like the book.
I loved that it kept you guessing about who the actual bad guy was.
The author used the two characters, to heal each other. That is a lesson we can use in our lives.
The Seargent was awesome! I remember one just like him in Basic Training. Tough but fair.
When the Seargent entered the hospital room to talk to the nurse.
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
Yes, I loved all of the details given about dogs in the police and military, oh and I AM a dog lover, so how could I not.
Usually, I can thing of one that stands out in a book, but this whole book was full of heartwarming memorable moments.
I never just read anymore, well almost never, but I'd say he brought another special kind of voice to life in this particular book.
As I said I found the whole book moving but particularly when Maggie out thought the humans.
Would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves and respects animals.
"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.
"A refreshing departure from Messrs. Cole and Pike."
I approached this book with some trepidation as I am a huge fan of the Cole/Pike books but I needn't have worried the story, expertly narrated by MacLeod Andrews, held me from the very beginning.
I do hope there will be more books with these excellent characters.
"An exceptional diversion for Robert Crais!"
.......after the first chapter I was going to put Suspect down, as I thought Robert Crais was trying his hand at a war story with his own American sensibilities. Later I picked it up again and when the action transferred to LA and the LAPD that was it for me. Both leading characters had had their partners shot before their eyes and were suffering the trauma of loss and grief in a very heavy way, as it also related to carrying out one's duties and protecting one's colleagues in dramatic and dangerous conditions. They both wrongly considered they'd failed in this and were suffering from the guilt and remorse that many of us have felt, but perhaps not to the same intensity.
As the narrative continued it's complex path Crais' mastery began to exert itself and as a big fan I was won over with his handling of both leading characters need to win over their own damaged emotions; to show the courage to embark on a fresh start with trusting each other, and to eventually win. Great story telling by a modern LA Noir storyteller, full of very unexpected twists and exceptionally detailed characters emerging from the shadows. Flushing out the main culprits within his/their midst, the leading character(s) displayed his/their hidden strengths and were both awarded a victorious ending. Very good book indeed! Highly recommended!
"A GRIPPING READ"
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT THRILLER, CENTRED AROUND A DOG CALLED MAGGIE, WHO STARTS LIFE AS A BOMB DETECTION DOG AND THEN GOES ON TO HAVE A CAREER IN THE POLICE FORCE. HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER HANDLERS IS PIVOTAL TO THE PLOT BUT THE STORY ITSELF, IS TENSE, EXCITING AND GRIPPING. IF I WAS 'PICKY' THERE ARE A FEW INSTANCES WHERE YOU CANT THINK TOO DEEPLY ABOUT THE LIKELIHOOD OF SOMETHING HAPPENING BUT I STILL RECOMMEND IT WHEN ASKED FOR A GOOD READ..
this is a fairly good standalone novel, but it didn't work for me the way the cole / pike novels do, especially when they are narrated by the sensational william roberts.
however, crais writes well (clearly, efficiently) and the story is interesting. i enjoyed it, just not as much as the others.
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