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.
The first few hours of the audio book were okay at best. As a cop for 18 years, who ever wrote this stupid book knows of nothing of cop sub culture. All the detectives in this book speak like they are talking to three year old children. I have stopped listening to this book half way through as I feel more stupid the more I listen to it. Ill give it a break and maybe return to it one day.
Robert Crais will no doubt be writing more dog cop story's as this one is excellent. a nice tight story with well balanced empathy for dog human relationships. the story is not to complicated and doesn't bog down with endless detail, just enough to give you the picture you need. very little gore and plenty of story. characters are enjoyable. worth a credit. Going back to try another from Mr Crais
Maggie is a great character. I was worried that this would be one of those animal stories that are hard to hear, but the relationship between Maggie and Scott was wonderful. I love the way they healed each other. Read this one without fear.
The audio was a great putting together a wonderful story. Especially because reading leaves much of the details to ones imagination. The performance was a wonderful enhancement.
Moving from the mind of Scott to Maggie's mind.
Hard to say Maggie was new and enlightening.
The reunion at the end of the book.
Peering inside the heads of both dog and man.
It's all too often that an author with a successful series beanches out in a different direction and falls flat on his face. Mr Crais does not suffer this fate: his stand-alone novel is one of his best works, and indeed one of the most enjoyable audiobook I have listened to for a while.
The story is told from the perspectives of both man and dog. Who can really say what goes on in a dog's mind? We cannot be sure, but Crais's suggestions are persuasive. And the ending is - well, I won't spoil it for you, but for me it was one of those occasions when I deliberately slowed down during my homeward commute just to stretch the time out to hear it all.
If you are a lover of both dogs and and thrillers I think you will love this book.
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I enjoyed the relationship between the policeman and his dog. Although, Crais gets a little whimsical sometimes when describing things from the dog's point of view, what he writes is accurate enough to satisfy any dog person.
While superficially like the Chet and Bernie mystery Crais has a more accurate sense of dog intelligence. I would say that if you liked The Art of Racing in the Rain you will enjoy this book (and visa versa).
If you want a real life version of this story I recommend "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him" by Luis Carlos Montalván.
No, but it came close.
When the bad guy shot at Maggie
FIrst time Maggie came home with Scott
Lots -- the moments where Maggie & Scott bonded, and when they were in danger of losing one another (this happens a couple of times)
Narrator does a good job; carries the story well.
I expected a lot more from this book based on the reviews. It is basically a story about a dog. A very interesting dog but that's about it. The story was weak and I guessed the ending from the start.
This book was so good. It tugs at your heartstrings, paints a graphic picture of both Scott & Maggie & weaves a web of intrigue.
If you mean dog training, I have already applied it to a family pet & it is working. I have already read 2 more Crais books.
He certainly does. I learnt a great deal about dogs and their training.Robert Crais painted a very graphic, detailed picture of Maggie's smelling abilities which became an integral part of the book.
Nothing. It was amazing
I listended to Suspect twice straight off. My husband couldn't stop listening as well.
The mingling of suspense and the main character's relationship with the dog. Also, the parts of the story from the dog's POV were very intertwining.
When maggie would not let anyone approach her wounded owner. Finally the owner, said to maggie to get the bad guys. It was fun picturing all this occurring.
There were moments when I actually wept listening to the interaction of the dog and owner.
I liked this book very much. I like Robert Crais and this was, in my humble opinion, one of his best books.
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