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.
I didn't the read the print version.
I can't think of a comparison right now.
Both Scott and Maggie were my favorites. They always say a dog will overshadow any of the characters but in this case they shared the main stage. I cared deeply about what happened to both main characters. Scott for his Drive and perseverence and Maggie for her loyalty and love.
The prologue and chapter 1 took my breath away.
The main character gives this book a slight edge on normal detective novels.
The conversations from the dog's view point add a lot to the story telling
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I love to read (listen) to be entertained--this book was everything I hope for when I start a book. It starts with a bang--literally--and continues on with a totally fulfilling experience. You have empathy for the main characters (in this case man and dog), and hope with every turn of the page (so to speak!), they work things out and succeed in the end. And kudos to the narrator--he did a great job as well!
I have not read anything else by this author, but that will change. I intend to look for more novels to listen to, and hope they are all as well written and entertaining as Suspect.
I loved the growing bond between the dog and the main character.
yes, I'm a real animal lover and a real hater of injustice, so it kept me wound up until there was a happy ending.
This was an interesting change to the tough guy, hero, type of cop story. This was a struggling. damaged, ordinary guy. He did nothing superhero. The real story here was not about finding the bad guys, which was done well. It was the story of the main character and the relationship between he and his dog. Neither of which wanted to be where they were when their relationship starts. They story provides an interesting twist when the narration becomes from the "first person" dog's view. I though some of that was a little repetitive, but a small criticism of a very good story done quite well.
shattered body and soul.Scott a young LA police officer is traumatized,mentally and physically by the death of his partner, he is wounded, on meds for pain and to help him cope with anxiety. Maggie, a k9 soldier looses her handler, pack mate and shields his body with her own, takes fire, snapping and refusing to leave him. She is a hero, though injured she finds her way into the LA police k9 corp. Scott becomes part of the k9 unit and is matched with Maggie. They must bond learn to trust each other become pack. yes this book falls under the mystery-thriller genra. as the story progresses Scott uses Maggies remarable skill to get to the bottom of a crime that haunts him. In the field man and dog are a team each bringing thier special skills to the job. If you have ever looked into the liquid brown or soft blue eyes of a dog and and experianced the unconditional love and healing these animals can bring you will be touched by this book
This was one of my favorite books from Robert Crais. It was truly suspenseful and I found myself sneaking a listen to just one more chapter. Maggie is perhaps my new favorite crime fighter. The narrative from Maggie's perspective was really innovative without being presumptuous.
I really didn't have a favorite chapter, as soon as one ended I felt compelled to listen to the next.
Andrews's ability to move seamlessly over a diverse group of characters was impressive.
Gracie the PB Native
This has been one of the best books I've listened to in quite a while. I am an avid audiobook listener, and this one kept me up late, and listening early as well! I gave it 5 stars on all levels, and am not often so generous. I've recommended it to at least a dozen people in the past few days, and will continue to do so.
Being inside Maggie's head was so interesting. I've enjoyed "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" as they pertain to dogs and training. I enjoyed reading of the "trials" that Maggie was put through, and clearly the research that was done paid off in the details.
Andrews' inflection and tone both are engaging and compelling. The "thumps" resonated with me.
Man and the amazing bond with his dog ...........far, far more than you might "Suspect"
I will read many more of his books....I have 2 waiting now.
Yes. I was hooked in the first paragraph.
Very much! As the story revealed the layer upon layer of deception, I was kept wondering how deep did the deception go.
When Maggie discovered the joy of baloney.
When Maggie fought for her Alpha. I had a dog like Maggie and I could identify with her reactions.
Trauma, Healing, Courage
Parts of the story are told from the dog's perspective
Good job with voice inflection and creating tension in the story
The story line itself is pretty predictable, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying the experience. I'm an animal person, so the subject matter really appealed to me.
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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