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 was an interesting change to the tough guy, hero, type of cop story. This was a struggling. damaged, ordinary guy. He did nothing superhero. The real story here was not about finding the bad guys, which was done well. It was the story of the main character and the relationship between he and his dog. Neither of which wanted to be where they were when their relationship starts. They story provides an interesting twist when the narration becomes from the "first person" dog's view. I though some of that was a little repetitive, but a small criticism of a very good story done quite well.
shattered body and soul.Scott a young LA police officer is traumatized,mentally and physically by the death of his partner, he is wounded, on meds for pain and to help him cope with anxiety. Maggie, a k9 soldier looses her handler, pack mate and shields his body with her own, takes fire, snapping and refusing to leave him. She is a hero, though injured she finds her way into the LA police k9 corp. Scott becomes part of the k9 unit and is matched with Maggie. They must bond learn to trust each other become pack. yes this book falls under the mystery-thriller genra. as the story progresses Scott uses Maggies remarable skill to get to the bottom of a crime that haunts him. In the field man and dog are a team each bringing thier special skills to the job. If you have ever looked into the liquid brown or soft blue eyes of a dog and and experianced the unconditional love and healing these animals can bring you will be touched by this book
This was one of my favorite books from Robert Crais. It was truly suspenseful and I found myself sneaking a listen to just one more chapter. Maggie is perhaps my new favorite crime fighter. The narrative from Maggie's perspective was really innovative without being presumptuous.
I really didn't have a favorite chapter, as soon as one ended I felt compelled to listen to the next.
Andrews's ability to move seamlessly over a diverse group of characters was impressive.
Gracie the PB Native
This has been one of the best books I've listened to in quite a while. I am an avid audiobook listener, and this one kept me up late, and listening early as well! I gave it 5 stars on all levels, and am not often so generous. I've recommended it to at least a dozen people in the past few days, and will continue to do so.
Being inside Maggie's head was so interesting. I've enjoyed "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" as they pertain to dogs and training. I enjoyed reading of the "trials" that Maggie was put through, and clearly the research that was done paid off in the details.
Andrews' inflection and tone both are engaging and compelling. The "thumps" resonated with me.
Man and the amazing bond with his dog ...........far, far more than you might "Suspect"
I will read many more of his books....I have 2 waiting now.
Yes. I was hooked in the first paragraph.
Very much! As the story revealed the layer upon layer of deception, I was kept wondering how deep did the deception go.
When Maggie discovered the joy of baloney.
When Maggie fought for her Alpha. I had a dog like Maggie and I could identify with her reactions.
Trauma, Healing, Courage
Parts of the story are told from the dog's perspective
Good job with voice inflection and creating tension in the story
The story line itself is pretty predictable, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying the experience. I'm an animal person, so the subject matter really appealed to me.
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to. The story which included the perspective of the dog was just outstanding and added depth and quality to this already will crafted and integrated story. Wow, I'm reading more Crais!
While it was different, the quality of the story was comparable to "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" series, one of the best series of books I've ever listened to!
The narrator added a sense of this story being real and alive with these characters rather than more static when one reads the written page themselves. I suspect people who love audiobooks loved someone to read to them as a child because its nurturing and the story takes on more energy and imagination as it does here.
As a dog lover I found the periodic dog's perspective a surprise and enriching to the story!
Start with this book if you're not read Crais before and then go from there!
Suspect ranks #1
I'd compare it to Merry Christmas Alex Cross in the intensity and narration. This book has the bonus of the dog. Crais really got into the head and nose of the dog. That added a phenomenal dimension I'd never experienced before.
Great reading, perfect voice... Loved his intensity when situations escalated.
We're pack... Alpha safe, pack safe!
The dog element was phenomenal... Craig really got the dog element right!
The author seemed to have researched service/working dogs thoroughly. I appreciate learning about topics while listening to entertaining novels.
Spellbinding, gripping, dedication
The bonding of two souls, one human, one canine. Both had been deemed unfit for further service, but together, accomplished more than many before them could do.
He has many dialects for the different characters. A smooth, very easy to listen to manner of speech.
I almost cried when I thought Maggie was shot near the conclusion.
LOVED this narration!!
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