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 book really hooked me because I am both dog person and mystery lover. The reader was brilliant, always adding to the experience, never overpowering it. The story was both touching and real. The book offers edge of your seat drama, pathos, and clever resolution. The inner voice of the dog was so believable. At one point I had to turn it off (first time ever!) because I was sure the next scene would be a disaster for the dog and I had to prepare myself. See for yourself...
This was a great story, but the editing was very distracting. The beginning sound of many words was cut off; in fact, I thought for several chapters that "Scott" was actually named "Gott" because the "S" was trimmed from his name.
Say something about yourself!
LAPD Cop Story with a dog. Maggie is not just any police dog but a former Marine. Both her handler, Officer James and Maggie are haunted by their past and find each other. Good story that will keep your interest especially if you like animals. Macleod Andrews did a excellent job narrating. Story keeps your interest. Hope Robert Crais turns this into a series.
I would rate Suspect as a '4' out of '5' - I completely enjoyed the story! I felt a connection to the lead character and the story line about "Maggie" touched my heart.
Maggie was my favorite character. She was loyal, trustworthy, and in tune with both of her handlers.
I do not think so.
The story didn't make me laugh or cry - but it did keep me on the edge of my seat. Particularly when Maggie was injured by the sniper and toward the end when her instincts led her to protect her handler.
This was an easy listen, but I enjoyed the intonation of the reader, connected to the story line, and would read another story by Crais.
Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
I would and indeed have, listened to it again
When Molly loses her first owner
I haven't heard him before, but thoroughly enjoyed his narration
Indeed, I did.
I loved the way this writer entered into the psyche of the dog and how he described the relationship between man and dog. Loved the book and will certainly read it again.
I enjoyed listening to this book, although I don't own a dog and am not a dog lover. The mystery held my attention, but I did guess some of the outcome. I particularly liked the chapters from the perspective of Maggie, the police dog. Crais seemed to be able to think like a canine in these parts of the story. I also learned something about the training of dogs which seemed like practical information that someone could use. The writing kept me interested and the end was exciting. The narrator had a feel for the story - his voicing of the characters was excellent; I became thoroughly engrossed in the final confrontation with the "bad guys". Can this book be the beginning of a new series for Crais? All in all, I'm happy I listened to this; however, I still prefer the author's Elvis Cole mysteries.
I admit I downloaded this book only because it was part of a "2 for 1" deal. I'd never heard of the book or its author, but the story description included a dog, so I was intrigued. Robert Crais does a masterful job detailing and delivering the behavior and relationship between human and dog and the "unconditional love" felt by both. Any dog lover will relish the story and its thoughtful evolution. Macleod Andrews delivers an outstanding performance, enhancing an already incredible literary experience. After listening to his narrative talent, I can't imagine enjoying this story as much as I would without it.
I listened to this book a couple months ago and it is still on my mind. It touched me heart, It is a feel good book (not really, but to me it was) about a broken man and a broken dog. Both needed each other. This book is in my top ten just because for some reason at this time in my life, the story touched me and I wanted to listen to it constantly. This book will go on my "to listen to again sometime in the future" list.
Crais does an excellent job of developing this relationship between the cop and his dog, who he didn't really want. They both have PTSD, and the story helps you have an emotional insight into how that feels. I really loved this story. It was complex, suspenseful, emotional, and well crafted. Great use of a credit!!
an engaging book, mainly because of the dog. the scenes told from the dogs perspective are very well done. the cops scenes, not so much. the difference was so pronounced, to me, it was almost as though from two different authors. i found the police officers character, thoughts, and deeds to be stilted, repressed, and extremely idiotic. anyone who is a fan of police or detective procedurals will be rolling their eyes as this doofus blunders though the plotline. his transformation from being completely self-centered and ignorant of even the basics of dog-ness, into a "dog-person" are abrupt and ham-handed.
all that being said, i enjoyed the overall story. Maggie gives 250%, which makes up for any short-comings of her partner. the plot was semi-predictable, but the novelty of having the dogs perspective makes it seem fresh. the stars for story are all for Maggie, and even so I just couldn't go to 5.
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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