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.
Scott, Maggie, pack
Just a great listen all around. Really paints a vivid picture of the bond between a military/police dog and his handler. Loved the parts of the story where the author gave us the dog's perspective. This book flew by! Really hated to see it end.
Great storyline capturing you early. Educational as well, I learn a lot more about my own dog.
Scott, the main caharcter was strong and believeable.
Robert Crais is a fantastic author. I've read most of his books. I love Elvis and Joe, but this was a nice break from the character novels. I cried, I laughed, I could visualize the story in my mind. The only disappointment was a couple of situations where I thought a 7-year police officer should have been more savvy of possible outcomes to his actions. The dog part of the story was heartbreaking and "real" to me. Thank you for a good listen.
I enjoyed this book enough that I will definitely check out a second book by Robert Crais. I am not familiar with this author so it will be interesting to see if he includes dogs in each of his books.
I did really enjoy the dog perspective in this novel, and fell in love with Maggie. Her "feelings" were as real as the humans. Nice suspense, and enjoyed a more realistic storyline than some of the fictional police stories. The main characters seem believeable, although the story line is a little bit of stretch. Even some of the ancillary characters, were not caricatures, but actual people. But the best part really is experiencing the evolution of relationship between Scott and Maggie.
Thanks, looking for another Crais title.
This is such an excellent book, I couldn't stop listening to it - I almost finished it in one listen. If you've ever loved a dog, you'll love this book even more. If you think dogs are amazing creatures, you'll have even more appreciation for this book. But, even if you're not a "dog person", this is still a great book.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
This would definitely be in my Top Ten!
My favorite character was Maggie, the German Shepard. She is loyal, beautiful, loving and brave. Just like the Shepard I once had. It's a unique perspective that she shares as one of the main characters of the story.
I thought the performance was very good for all the characters. I liked the audio.
A few tears were shed in the the 1st Chapter when Maggie gets hurt while serving in Afghanistan. After all, Maggie is a Marine just as dear and proud as any who have served. Her trust and loyalty to her handler is very touching and I found that this first chapter really pulled me in to the story.
A great book for dog-lovers! A sweet story - Ok, maybe a little corny at times, but hey! aren't we all just a little "sappy" when it comes to our dogs!
If you love dogs and a good mystery you will love this. The story is told from different perspectives - and the dog's is fascinating. We all wonder what our dogs are thinking - now we know!
Maggie the dog is dedicated, damaged, caring, fun - a perfect character
Andrews gets it just right! You know the characters but he doesn't overplay - particularly when he speaks for the dog.
Maybe. I keep having this feeling like I'm waiting for the intro to end and really get started with the plot. Then I look down and out of 6 hours, there's only an hour left. Hmm...
I'm not sure what the critics see in this book. In my opinion, the dialogue was forced and plastic and the parts where suspense was supposed to build, Mr. Crais stopped it in it's tracks by telling us what the dog was thinking. And the narrator used some fake voice trying to sound like a 40's reporter, for 8 straight hours! I'm just glad it's over. If this is the best crime writing today, I think I'll go to another genre.
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