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.
"Suspect" is truly a unique story..unlike anything I have read/heard before. A story told both from the dog's viewpoint, as well as the man's. It's educational--IF the information about training service dogs is accurate.
I found it moved a little slow at times, but the excellent narration of MacLeod Andrews kept me riveted to the story. Mr. Andrews is one of the best Narrators I have heard. I hope to listen to more books read by him.
I have my fellow Audible member's reviews to thank for my choosing "Suspect" to listen to... so, thank you!
Powerful imagery, deep character development, you feel like you know the characters, and dog owners can connect with Maggie the dog's point of view which was written so well and is so believable.
Can't give away the plot by answering this, but just let me say that it is at the beginning, and the scene is haunting.
Well, first of all, I don't have time in my life to sit and read, so I am dependent on audio books which I listen to in the car, at work, while cleaning, etc. MacLeod Andrews timing as he reads the lines is excellent and smooth.
Hope this becomes a series, there is so much potential in the characters, even the secondary ones.
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
I would recommend it only to a dog person. The insight into dogs and pack mentality was at times interesting.The actual crime solving seemed to be only half the story. It also took 32 chapters to finally get more details on the crime. I like to try to solve a crime as the story goes along but with the limited information it was not as interesting as I would have liked.If you're interested in reading a thriller, look elsewhere.
If this is Crais best book, then probably not. As I said it wasn't a bad book but there are so many to choose from I would first try another author.
I enjoyed a scene with Sgt Leyland the dog trainer. Quote was something like: "These are God's creatures and they will love you with all their hearts, and all they expect in return is a kind word." Some of the scenes from Maggie the dog's perspective were also well done. Not corny.
In all fairness I am generally a difficult grader. This book was good, but it did not make me alter my daily routine and make me want to listen to it like some other books that I just couldn't put down. I know a book is really good when I starting thinking how I can rearrange my day to manage to sneak in another chapter or two. I did not do that with this book. Dog lovers will enjoy it though.
I wasn't sure why so many reviews gave this 5 stars. I liked the story and the narration was great. It had many slow parts when this character was trying to find who did this to him. I got a little lost at times and lost interest. The first part of this book was fantastic and then it lost me and the end was great again. So it was a good listen. Just not 5 stars.
I have never 'read' a better written account of working with dogs in a fictional work. Crais is spot on with counter conditioning (without calling it that), great descriptions of dog behavior and dog-human interactions. Just superb. Crais's treatment of Maggie's character blew me away. The other characters, the plot, writing is all top notch. One of the most satisfying books I have listened to.
Love to read books as well as listen. I enjoy historical novels as well as non fiction.
I was very disappointed in this book Have read others by Robert and enjoyed them. This was way too predictable and too much dog for my taste and I love dogs :)
Made it a mystery
Simply put, one of thebes books I have ever listened to. Maggie, you stole my heart! Awesome author writing an awesome stand alone novel!!
I am usually only warm when it come to this genre but this book really surprised me. One of the main characters (and my favorite, hands-down) is the dog Maggie. I usually tend toward SciFi, especially when the author brings me into the consciousness of an alien character but I don't think I've ever read an author who was as able to bring the consciousness of a dog to the game like Robert Crais. It reminds me of the Jack London books that I used to love so much as a youngster, but somehow this story even surpasses those. I don't tend to be an overly-emotional person so when a book really moves me to joy or tears, it will get high marks unless it is just poorly written or narrated. This story was not only exceptionally well written, but the narration was one of the best. There were many moments of sorrow, anger and even laughter throughout the book but the end brought tears of joy. Unless you hate dogs, even if you don't like cops, this is a must read!
Favorite authors are James Patterson, his Alex Cross series, and Dorthea Benton Frank my favorite of her was " A Christmas Pearl" I
I have had german shepherds for 20 years, and my last one was named Maggie like the one in the story. What I really liked best about the story was Maggie and how she was retrained.
No it was not really the plot that kept my interest and after listening to the entire book I would go back and listen to the sections that only included Maggie.
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