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.
A great story!
Maggie...the wonder dog.... what a heart and I love how Robert Crais wrote her inner thoughts.
His voice was very expressive and interesting to listen to.
Never have I been gripped so much by a book's prologue...I was sold before the first chapter.
This is for the dog lover who loves a good story.
One of my favorite audiobooks. Storyline was great, I loved the interpretation from Maggie's point of view. Narrator's performance contributed to the character development. A story that left me anticipating throughout.
This book will especially engage dog lovers, but everyone can enjoy it. Especially interesting are chapters from the dog's point of view, based on current knowledge about how dogs perceive and think. There are likeable good guys, evil villains, and exciting twists in the plot. I loved it.
As a 'dog person' I seek books involving human canine relationships. This story is just right. Author delves into the past experiences of both the human and the canine, I really cared about both of them.
I'm a dedicated reader/listener. My tastes are very eclectic, and there's not much I don't like except horror and dull history.
I've never read anything by Robert Crais, but his books have been on my "want to read one of these" list, so I decided to try this one because of the good reviews. And I wasn't disappointed, although I realize this novel is not like most of Crais's books. I loved Maggie the most, but my heart also went out to Scotty who was so alone and hurting until Maggie came into his life. My heart broke when he was hurt again.
The characters -- Scott, Leland, and the detectives who supported Scott. And, of course, I loved Maggie and like the way Crais "got into her head."
The narration was quite good, with clear definition between characters, although I didi think the high squeaky voice used when talking to Maggie was a bit overdone.
When Scotty was shot and Maggie was protecting him from Crowley. I wanted Scotty to live, and Maggie wouldn't let Crowley help him, but I was also incredibly moved by Maggie's dedication to her alpha.
I will definitely read another book by Robert Crais, but it will have a hard time living up to this one!!
Friend of God... Saved by grace... Mother of 3 gifts... Wife of one... Worship dancer.... Educated by God, Academia and Willy Wonka...
This is one of the best audiobooks I have read.
The story was great but I think what made the story both captivating and different from the rest was the perspective of the other main character - Maggie. I loved reading her chapters! It gave the mystery this endearing quality that is usually played out differently in books. Read it - You will understand!
Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.
Definitely yes!!! MacLeod Andrews was AMAZING at performing this book, with just the right voices, intonation, emphases, silences and emotions. Wow!!!! Audible, thank you for this lovely book. However if you are reading this, I highly recommend you change the book's sample to the prologue. The very first scene is fast paced, draws you into this page-turner thriller, and I knew I was hooked from the very beginning.
Scott. His PTSD ached so bad, and his pain lingered in my mind.
All of them were spectacular, but I especially liked Maggie. I find it an original take to incorporate the dog not only as a character but also one with episodes and thoughts. I love dogs and I don't doubt for a second their intelligence, but I've never seen it done before in a book, not like that. Very well-done, both the writing and the performance.
Most of the book did. Especially the comments from the tough sergeant Leeland. A dog is man's best friend, and he knows it.
I can't believe I waited this long (nearly 2 months) since I bought this to have a listen. All the positive reviews here are right. Can't wait to check out other Robert Crais novels.
Suspect is fiction and the best books in my queue are the Great Courses Series non-fiction / history, but I enjoyed this man and dog love fest told from the perspectives of the dog and his handler.
Yes. I love that the dog's point of view is presented. A traumatic event leaves the dog without his handler and a bit confused about his new job. The dog quickly bonds with his new handler who finds himself a suspect in the murder that he is investigating. There's some love interest and the story keeps the reader guessing about how the story will resolve.
I enjoyed the male voice. His deep and resonant voice is easy on the ears and his portrayals of women are also believable. Definitely easy on the ears.
I always get caught up in the stories, but this book definitely held my interest. It resolved a little too easily for my taste, but I liked the outcome. The story wasn't so much about solving a crime but about the relationships that bond one individual to another. A story well told by a powerful reader.
I did not know what to expect of this book, but I am glad I chose to listen. The story is well-written, and characters believable, and the narration superb. I really enjoyed this listen!
I don't know of any book to compare this one to, but I have read several more stories by Robert Crais since this book. Truly an exceptional writer.
His characters were believable, and he had great ease with gender and dialect changes.
It was, but I spaced it out as it was soooo gooood!!!
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