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.
Yes! I've been recommending this book to everyone I know who loves audio books, who loves dogs, and who enjoy a good police mystery!
I loved primary characters: Scott and Maggie. I loved how both characters,though broken, managed to reconnect with each other, life and hope. Besides, the author did a heluva job making Maggie real to me...that's pretty remarkable since Maggie is a dog!
Yes, he's performed a few of Nora Roberts' books and I love the cadence of his voice and how he pulls you into the characters' lives.
I cried in opening of the book...where we learn about Maggie. My heart broke in the first chapter where Scott loses his partner. I found myself "talking" to the characters on my treadmill, as the story unfolded.
Buy it, use a credit...worth every moment of your time!
I am a 57 year old book addict. I started out reading Daniel Steele and Sidney Shelton novels 30 years ago. Since then I have added literally hundreds of authors. I take the time to write reviews on books that sweep me away. So if I have really loved that particular book. There have been a couple over the years I reviewed because I truly hated them too.
This is going to be a favorite.
This story flowed well. Without giving spoilers I can't explain better.
He read this One with feeling.
I did read it in one sitting. If there had been a sequel I'd be listening to that one now.
I want to hear more!
The story told from different characters, including the dog, made the plot unfold in an interesting and engaging way.
Rather not give away the plot!
Several where the relationship between the man and dog developed into love. Sweet.
A really good listen!
I usually detest books in which animals are characters, so I'm not sure why I chose this, but I really liked it. Decent police procedural, well-read (especially the male characters and the dog chapters), but what elevates it is the growth of the relationship between the police officer and his dog. Both are scarred veterans (he from the LAPD and she from the Marines) and I found the chapters written from the dog's point of view fascinating.
Violence was not gratuitous and there was no torture or serial killers for which I give it high marks. Good potential for what I assume will be a series.
fun, fast, gripping.
Maggie the dog, seeing things from her perspective was fun.
His women's voices were good.
Emotional, funny, riveting
I like it when the author tells the story from the prespective of the main characters, especially the dog.
Yes, I laughed out loud and almost cried.
This book is so worth listening to. You will not be disapointef!
This was an excellent read. I tried to drag it out because I didn't want it to end. The plot was ok but the interaction and story between James and Maggie was wonderful. I enjoyed being in their company. Yes; it brought tears and made me laugh out loud sometimes. The reader did a super job of putting you into the scenes. The last few minutes had you holding your breath...worried about the ending. I hope there will be another book with these characters and the reader.I've listened to other of Crais' books. This one is the best!
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I am a dog lover, so that may have something to do with it. This is my first book by this author, I will look for more by him.
Great little mystery read. I've listened to many much longer books, but this is a captivating, vigorous, and intriguing little mystery/story line. Like others, I was taken by how the author wrote into the storyline from a canine perspective. Well thought out, obviously researched, and incorporated into this book. The reader's voice also did great justice to the book, great inflection, character voice over, and very easy to understand. It was a very balanced experience. Will definitely be perusing other Robert Crais books.
Some of the last scenes where the relationship of dog and man came together in a unique way. But there were many great moments throughout the story.
Can't go wrong with this one if your a mystery lover.
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
"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
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.
"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!
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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