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 enjoy authentic characters, in believable circumstances, mostly fiction, blended with historical fact, of any genre, with romance added.
I would believe that I would have been equally satisfied.
The relationships lost, then transformed.
The scenes where the relationships were lost at the beginning.
Looked forward to my commute so that I could listen.
Brought tears to my eyes! I love when I can invest emotionally in a story and identify with authentic charecters regardless of race or species!
As a parent of GSDs and fan of a good Cop story involving GSD relationships with their trainers, this book works very well. Looking forward to the next adventure of Maggie and her Master.
I absolutely LOVE the point of view of the dog, Maggie! The entire book was so well done that I had a difficult time stopping when I needed to be working. Very well written and narrated.
Absolutely, I have already listened to it 3 times!
because it is very well written, the facts involved in both the dogs behavior and training are on spot, and with the handler.
This was not just pulled from imagination, but researched very well !
I refuse to write spoilers = sorry ;)
A clear and easy voice that kept me listening/
yes, and I did.
It is rare to find a GOOD book in this subject that a person who knows and trains dogs can believe and enjoy.
this book had me on all aspects.
I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I was ready to attack !
It makes me want to go back into training !
I miss holding a good dog while it takes a solid bite!
Animal Lovers Read!!
Yes, I could have if it was posible.LOL
Animal lovers will love this book. I am an avid lover of dogs especially, so I loved it. The relationship between dog and owner is truly amazing!
The notion of bonding a PTSD cop with a PTSD dog in a thriller was attractive to me as a sometime dog-resuer. But, the plot is a bit contrived and the characters, including the dog, rather one-dimensional.
Great book! To be fair, I love dogs (no bias there, right?) and I'm a sucker for books that elicit an emotional response. Put the two together and I'm a drawn in.
If you've ever been though a frightening or emotional situation with a beloved pet, you'll likely enjoy this book. No matter how much you love an animal, going through something difficult together somehow puts that relationship on a different level. It's that unspoken, unconditional bond between dog and man that is nearly impossible to sum up in words, but somehow Robert Crais did so extremely well...and all while wrapping it up in a very suspenseful plot. I will be reading this book again!
couldn't put it down
loving my dog more
yes...when the dog speaks of 'pack' and 'alpha'
I have a new found appreciation of a dog's nose
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
I really wanted to like this book. In fact, I was really liking this book for the first 3-4 hours. Definitely worth listening to up to that point -- L.A. cop and military dog both lose their partners in combat, get shot up themselves, come together in the K-9 unit, and heal each other of their PTSD.
But then the dog goes missing. She still figures in a number of scenes, but she no longer figures in very much in the action or the mystery, except tangentially here or there. When Suspect turns away from the story of a cop and his dog to the cop solving the murder mystery, it is no longer time well spent. Not to mention that the mystery portion is a) telegraphed from the get-go and b) solved with a minimum of sleuthing and a lot of stuff falling into his lap without him really trying (in one case he doesn't even ask, the key evidence is just offered up -- can you say deus ex machina?).
As a dog owner myself, I loved the way Crais looked into the mind of a dog and how they are trained. He didn't anthropomorphize the dog when switching to her point of view, instead trying to show how a dog thinks. I only wish the dog remained integral to the solving of the mystery in the latter half of the novel.
And so, clearly, the least interesting part of the book is the mystery at its heart. Holes? You betcha. Cardboard cutout characters? Galore! But worst of all, never tying into the good part of the story, except tangentially at a couple of points.
Haven't heard him before. Did a good job here. Not a compelling reason to listen in and of itself, but definitely a good job.
Hug my dog! My dog is having some health issues (knee surgery) and it helps to put myself back into his mindset (from his training days) to try to help him deal with his recovery.
I can't for the life of me figure out why the pedestrian title "Suspect". There are brief moments when there is one suspect or another in the mystery story. But there never is really a "suspect" nor is anyone considered "suspect" in any other sense, not to a degree that warrants being the title of the book.
Also, the first half of the novel, the good half, in addition to being about the cop and his dog, is also about the cop trying to remember what happened to him, with the help of a therapist who specializes in extracting repressed memories. The other cops give him a hard time about discovering new memories. And then that thread ends, even more abruptly than the story of the dog, never to be referred to again. Why bother going down that road if it doesn't lead anywhere?
The story was heartwarming, but not over the top. The characters were likeable, especially the four-legged one named Maddie. I found myself wanting to spend more time with my own dog.
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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