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.
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.
Suspense from beginning to end. I do like Crais' writing and this one is top drawer. And, I've never owned a dog. Read (listen to) the story and you'll understand my comment. You won't be disappointed.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
My first Robert Crais. I absolutely loved it. By giving Maggie a voice Crais taught us so much about how these wonderful dogs are trained and how they interpret the training.
I also loved seeing how Scot and Maggie's relationship developed and they bonded so closely. The story line was great. Terrific book.
Tell us about yourself! I am retired. I was born January 27, 1945. I enjoy listening and read books. Mystery/thrillers are my favorite.
I have not read Suspect, however, after listening, I believe reading it would be just as
good. It's a great story.
The plot kept me listening because, the bad guys were a pretty good mystery.
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.
Scott growing protective of Maggie. Maggie coming to accept Scott as "pack".
I would like more stories of Scott and Maggie. They are just getting started!
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I don't read a lot of detective stories, but I picked up this book on Audible's Deal of the Day strictly because the dog silhouette on the cover art caught my eye. My two greatest passions in life are dogs and books so I have known and loved a LOT of both and when the two are combined, I'm in. As a detective story, Suspect, strikes me as a bit thin on plotting, but as a dog story, this book delivers big time. I don't know if any author has ever before brought me to tears in 20 minutes, but the opening scene of Suspect is really powerful. If you have ever loved a soldier or a dog, listen to the beginning of this book with tissues handy! The plot of Suspect is not as intricate or suspenseful as some I've read, but it is believable and interesting The character development and the evolution of the relationship between Scott James and Maggie, the two central protagonists, is totally engaging and made the book a terrific pleasure for me. Robert Crais captured the essence of a working GSD and wove it into his story so well that I was amazed. We may not know exactly how dogs think and perceive the world, but if you have lived with or, better yet, worked with a shepherd, you will recognize this dog and how Crais portrays the workings of her mind. And, I particularly liked the way Crais noted the differences between military canine training and temperament requirements and police canine work. This book was the best fit for MacLeod Andrews that I've heard yet. His voice has a nice grim undertone for a detective narrative and he switches surprisingly well to the "baby dog voice" that virtually all trainers recommend when soothing or encouraging a dog in training. I highly recommend this book as an entertaining and poignant read for anyone who loves a good dog story. I would love it if Robert Crais made this partnership into a series. PS: Thanks to Audible for Deal of the Day! I love having the chance for a low cost sample outside of my normal genres and finding a little gem like Suspect made my day.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
This is more than just a dog story. It is a tale of two emotionally and physically wounded beings, a dog and a man, who find each other and heal together. As I have not read any of Crais' books before, I can't compare this to them. For me, this was a great listen, well-narrated and well-written. I will definitely look for more from this author.
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.
Twisty. Heartwarming. Series?
Maggie definitely!! She is loyal, loving, funny, creative, a survivor.
When I read, the characters don't sound different which keeps them from coming to life. He had several characters that had radically different voices and they were believable and by the end of the book I knew who was speaking without having any of the written "tells" to lead me.
Yes. The beginning made me wonder what I was going to be getting into but I quickly understood and found reasons to listen. I generally only listen while driving but this book was an "at work" listen. And re-listen too.
I sincerely hope this is the first book in a series. The ending leaves that possibility open. And Maggie has plenty of pep in her doggie step to go so please Mr Crais, write more!!!
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.
"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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