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Suspect | [Robert Crais]

Suspect

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 03-07-13
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 03-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "K9 cop"

    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

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    Frances 03-06-13
    Frances 03-06-13
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    "The Dog Parts Are the Best"

    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.

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    Gus ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 03-06-13
    Gus ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 03-06-13
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    "Great story with a matching performance."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Moving from the mind of Scott to Maggie's mind.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Hard to say Maggie was new and enlightening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The reunion at the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read.

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    Thumbo 03-06-13
    Thumbo 03-06-13
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    "Brilliant departure for Robert Crais"
    What did you love best about Suspect?

    Peering inside the heads of both dog and man.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Virginia A. Campbell Pelham, Alabama USA 03-05-13
    Virginia A. Campbell Pelham, Alabama USA 03-05-13 Member Since 2005

    I am the host of the Brain Science Podcast and Books and Ideas. I have been a member of Audible since 2003. My favorite audiobooks are Sci Fi and nonfiction: especially history and biography

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    "a great story about the power of dogs in our lives"
    What did you love best about Suspect?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but it came close.


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    C. Cook 03-05-13
    C. Cook 03-05-13
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    "Love the dog!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

    When the bad guy shot at Maggie


    Which scene was your favorite?

    FIrst time Maggie came home with Scott


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots -- the moments where Maggie & Scott bonded, and when they were in danger of losing one another (this happens a couple of times)


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator does a good job; carries the story well.

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    Paul BLOOMSBURG, PA, United States 03-05-13
    Paul BLOOMSBURG, PA, United States 03-05-13
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    "Expected more"

    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.

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    Ann Victor Harbor, Australia 03-05-13
    Ann Victor Harbor, Australia 03-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Suspect should be made into a film. WOW factor +++"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This book was so good. It tugs at your heartstrings, paints a graphic picture of both Scott & Maggie & weaves a web of intrigue.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    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.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    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.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing. It was amazing


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I listended to Suspect twice straight off. My husband couldn't stop listening as well.

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    LMFT Reader 03-05-13
    LMFT Reader 03-05-13

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    "best Crais book I have listened to"
    What made the experience of listening to Suspect the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were moments when I actually wept listening to the interaction of the dog and owner.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Beverly 03-05-13
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    "Wonderfully Intertaining"

    If you are looking for a book to intertain, keep you up half the night because you didn't want to stop listening, and leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling at the end. This is the book for you. My husband also listened and enjoyed it. I have liked reading Robert Crais, but this is definitaly one of his best.

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