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.
Like Jane Smiley, Crais has employed the device of writing the inner thoughts of animals. In Smiley's case it is horses and in Crais' case it is dogs. In Crais' hands this does not work as well as when in Smiley's. Crais' dog Maggie comes across more as a manipulation of the reader, while Smiley's horses serve as actual characters.
The book is OK, but Crais does a much better job when he uses human sidekicks like Joe Pike.
It's fun to ride along and watch Crais explore new territory and to grow in his craft. This is a great story with an unusual twist and a fine performance. I only wish it was a little longer - the end seemed to come way too soon, and there was much more that could have been done with the cop and his dog. This may well be intentional, with a follow on book or maybe a new recurring character. I hope so.
This was a real page turner. Now I want to read other books by Robert Crais!
The whole thing just jelled and worked as a total
Not edge of your seat sort of stuff really, more just sort of always interesting
The reading was surprising, you really felt the relationship between the main character and Maggie (the dog)
I have read many Robert Crais books and always enjoy them. This book was a diversion from his regular storyline- a portion of the story is narrated from the dog's perspective. If you are a Robert Crais fan and you love dogs, this book is for you.
This is a better than average police story. The author told the story from both the dog's and the cop's perspective and did an excellent job of going back and forth. Well structured plot and well worth the time to listen.
Predictable story. Easy listening for a beach or car ride. Nothing that makes you think or wonder what's next, but an enjoyable yarn. I wouldn't recommend it as a page turner, but it was light and entertaining.
Yes. The characters interactions make the novel.
The connection and the growth of the lead character and his dog.
A few sad moments and a few giggles, which is what I enjoy.
The story was interesting, though it was never extreamly suspensful. The interaction of all of the characters, and the dog made it all happen.
The development of 'Pack' and its relationship in most aspects of life. How a seemingly injured pair, dog and man, can find a future, a fulfilling future, by helping each other heal.
The impelling action and cast of characters were believable and well-paced.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and hoped to hear more of these characters.
I'm pretty new to Audible so don't have much history with readers.
Yes I didn't want it to end! Really!!
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