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 good story, fast paced. Lots of action.
yes, wanted to know what was happening and why.
Emotion. Even from a man's point of view he was full of emotion and you felt each characters feelings.
Very heart warming and a tear jerker.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
I expected a book much different and was thrilled with the content. After the first few chapters it was apparent the direction it would take. However, what wasn't apparent was the ending.
Throughout the book, I kept thinking, Officer James is either a rookie (which he wasn't) or a complete goof when it comes to investigation and general observation techniques. However, it became apparent the main character was Maggie (in my mind) and the role she would play in the entire novel.
I kept rooting for her versus Officer James who she was partnered with in their 'recovery'.
As others stated, it is more a book of healing than crime drama and the early chapters set-up the entire book. If you read many crime novels in the past, the 'villains' become obvious 2/3 into the book.
This is a book that I kept turning on and hoping my 'trip' wouldn't end so I could finish it.
Again, not your normal crime novel but more of a book of healing and value.
Heart, suspense, intense
All of Crais books are great but each stands alone.
Many moments, couldn't pick one
I was afraid to get this book as I was afraid it would be some goopy "what a sweet dog" book. But I trusted the author, based on all his other books, not to throw me a lemon. And, he didn't .. Great Book. !! If you haven't read Robert Crais, do yourself a favor and start now. Hours and hours of awesomeness.
Yes, especially if they are a dog person or a veteran or a cop.
I like the facts about the olfactory senses of a dog. How they are a permanent memory like we humans remembering the colour orange. I also liked the descriptor of how Maggie didn't understand certain things but 'knew' what they meant by the demeanor, smell and tone of voice of her leader. I think what moved me most was that Scott wanted in the k=9 unit so he could be alone and not have ' a partner'- but soon learned that his K-9 partner was as much if not more of a partner than a human. That the leash was more like a nerve running between dog and handler.
Pack - is Everything. Alpha Happy, Pack Happy.
Would be nice to know if there is a way to train these Military or police dogs to allow 'friendlies' like the paramedics to approach their alpha/masters when they are injured-like a specific command word that would make the dog allow them to help.
I started this book when I first downloaded it and was so upset within the 20 minutes thinking that maggie the Military War Dog had been killed, that I stopped listening. About a year later I decided to give it another try and very pleased that I did. Worth the read.
The premise of both the handler and the dog having PTSD and developing a healing bond. This is the second Robert Crais novel I've listened to (Hostage was my first Crais novel and an excellent thriller). Surprisingly, the dog's "thoughts", simple and more instinctual as they are, were an interesting complement to the plot.
Guardians of the Night (A Gideon and Sirius Novel). Another detective/mystery novel with a working dog involved in the plot.
Maggie the dog.
Yes, and almost did (three sittings).
Like Crais's Hostage, this novel has a couple of really good plot twists that you don't see coming. I hope the author can find the inspiration to create at least one or two more equally compelling follow-on novels using this partnership of police handler and his canine. I've listened to maybe 40 audible books, many of which were excellent, however this is the first one for which I've felt compelled to write a two-bit review.
It met our expectations on all fronts. Maggie is an exceptional German Shepherd dog and the part she plays in Suspect just makes the book. She reminds me of my own GSD, Chewi, who passed last year. Great book!
Multiple things, the narrator is fantastic, the story was wonderful, and I LOVED the characters.
Maggie! As someone who shares a home with a german shepherd, I think the author did a great job of capturing what makes them so wonderful. Of course I'm biased. I also liked Scott, but if I had to pick between him and Dominick Leland, that would be tough choice.
Dominick Leland, I love that character!
Well, I'll have to admit the opening scene had me in tears.
Just an all around great story! I read it once, and have listened to it 5 times. The audiobook is outstanding and makes a great book even better.
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