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.
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!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Absolutely gripping from the start . . . the scene in Afghanistan with Maggie and Pete . . . it tore at me like a saw into raw meat . . . Then as the story continued in LA when Maggie was donated to the police department and began working with Scott, the two wounded warriors began a journey that I couldn't stop listening to . . . both struggling against deep physical and emotional injuries so devastating that most folks have given up on them. As they team up together though, dog and police officer, you can't help but start rooting for them. There's a lot of mystery and suspense, and the deck is stacked against Scott and Maggie. This is a great listen!
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This was a great read with the main character being a dog. I was not sure before I bought it, but once I listened I have recommended to many others. Although slightly violent it is a good read for a teenager. My 14 year daughter loved it.
It is quite fast paced and interesting to learn about how dogs deal with scent. Imagine if you could smell a cup of coffee from a half mile away, or track down people just by the scent they leave in the air.
The narration was quite excellent since the story is told mostly from one perspective. The good thing, so far, is it is not part of a series like many of the author's other books. Even if there was a sequel, however, I doubt I would read it. It is just a good one-book listen. Enjoy.
Listening to the integral way Crais wrote about the H and his dog put a smile on my face. Crais wrote as though the dog could speak too. But he did it in a way that kept the dog as a dog not completely like giving the dog human characteristics. Instead, it seemed to be plausible, gave insight into how a dog might figure things out, which we—dog owners—see a dog do all the time. I know I’m often amazed at how my lab-mixed dog just seems to know some things. And I certainly didn’t figure out what was really going on with the mystery, though I had a vague idea the vicinity within which the burden would land. From the riveting opening of the book until the end, I was hooked. I loved the characters, and the narrator did a good job with all of them.
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.
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...!!!
Nice entertaining book with the added element of getting into the head of a trained German Shepard serving in Afghanistan and with the LAPD.
Enjoyed the story and the way it's told from different characters point of view - including the dog. Only complaint it wrapped up too quickly. I was stilll ready for more story but the book was done. Focusing on different guard dogs might make a very interesting series.
"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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