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.
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!!
A feel good story.
The way it switches from Maggie's thoughts back to the human beings.
No I haven't. But I loved every minute of this beautiful little story.
Yes I had tears running down my cheeks when Scot was shot. Maggie's reaction was just tragic.
Overall a great story told well. Service dogs do deserve medals for the way they protect their handlers. Great.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Near the top, I enjoyed it the audio; however, there is much more to this story that could have been written.
It really was not that suspenceful...we all know he didn't do it and since he was being framed you could pretty much deduce who the culprits were.
Scott of course with Maggie close behind!
I enjoyed the audio, again there is alot more to the story that can be written......
Right up there with my very favorites
Kept you guessing, you never knew what was coming next
I hope see more adventures of Scott and Maggie in the future. I love the points of view from Maggie during the story. The narrator MacLeod Andrews is fantastic! This book took you through all emotions seamlessly. Many thanks to Mr. Crais for bringing to light the unsung canine hero's of war and police work.
Yes. This wasn't my usual type of book but I enjoyed the story. While it was sobering at the beginning, the healing of the two main characters was very up lifting.
The progression of healing and forming a pack.
Maggie. Enjoyed her
Its in my top 5...I read the reviews and was concerned by some of the things people said...but I thoroughly enjoyed this!
Having been a fan of Robert Crais for as long as he has been writing, ordered this without a thought. Loved it from beginning to end. Scott James jumps of the page as a wounded but determined hero and his relationship with Maggie takes over the book. There is a good story at the back but the two main characters just capture your heart. Want more of these characters from Mr Crais and I think that says it all.
This wasn't such an intense thriller as one would expect from Robert Crais, and at the beginning I was a bit disappointed at the 'googey-goo' speak directed at the Maggie, the dog. However, I got used to it , and accepted the reasoning behind it.
The story is really about the relationship between a police dog and her handler, but with a lot more complexities than that statement offers. The story was good, though as I suggest - not as intense or involved as one would normally expect. The characters were brilliant, and I really cared about their well being and how they solved the crime. An excellent read
"Robert Crais rocks!"
This is one of the best stories, it was a very emotional roller coaster of a book not least because I love dogs and had GSDs for 25+ years. I loved Scott and Maggie and the interaction between them, the building of trust and love after the traumas they both suffered. Mr Crais has a wonderful insight into the relationship between dogs and humans.
And the murder/mystery plot has everything to keep the listener enthralled. Can't recommend this enough!
"Another facet of Mr.Crais' storytelling."
A wonderful, vivid book that brought me frequently to almost-tears!
After the fabulous Elvis Cole and Joe Pike books, I did not see this one coming.
"Newest Robert Crais thriller - Suspect""
I really enjoyed every minute of this crime thriller in which Maggie - a German Shepherd and former (injured) war-dog became a police dog with the LAPD and has a starring role in helping her handler Scott James in solving a serious crime. Story is narrated in part by Maggie as well as by Scott James - so unusually you hear the dog's side of this riveting story. I listened to it over a couple of days in every spare moment that I had. Robert Crais goes from strength to strength with his story-telling. This is one of his best yet
While anticipating the return of either Elvis Cole or Joe Pike, I happily downloaded the latest RC novel. Being a canine enthusiast, I did't find it hard to get caught by the story quickly. The vivid narration by MacLeod Andrews further helped to draw me in and I did only miss the familar and brilliant Robert Williams very little. The relatively short running time of 8,5 hrs makes the audiobook an enjoyable but all too quickly passing listen. All in all a nice plot albeit perhaps a bit predictable but then you won't download a crime book expecting James Joyce. Maybe not the best Crais ever but certainly worth the money and nice touch to have the "dog-angle" in the story.
"There has to be more Scott & Maggie"
Excellent story line. Love the build up of the dog/handler relationship. We must get more of this duo. In fact I want one NOW!
"A quick, enjoyable read for dog lovers"
I am not a massive fan of action / crime novels, but I was highly recommended this book as a dog lover. I found the story to be enjoyable, but nothing special, the writing solid and easy going.
In my mind, what separated this from any other well written, but run of the mill novel, was the dog. The telling of the tale partly from the dog's perspective was well done without the usual anthropomorphic view of animals as simply less intelligent humans. For me the dog was the hero of the story while the human character was the protagonist; this pairing worked rather well to produce an action story in which one emotionally invested in the characters and their relationship.
The narrator gave a solid performance with some good characterisation. I enjoyed this, but I doubt I will pick up anything else by the same author, however, I know others (fans of the genre) who have become fans of Crais from reading this book.
"Bit sappy but I liked it - I love dogs."
I suppose the dog bits were a bit sappy - but I didn't mind so much because I love dogs.
When the dog thinks her previous master has returned. And realises he hasn't.
"What an amazing book.... loved every second of it"
I have been a fan of RC for a while now and I really like everything that he does.
Suspect blew me away... I bought it to listen to in the car as I travel to see clients.. it cost me a days work, I couldn't switch it off.
Very Highly recommended.
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