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. Plan to buy the paper book for a friend.
Yes. Always wondering who knew what and what would happen next. Loved the way the author took you into the psyche of the dog.
Did an amazing job of bringing these characters to life. I was able to picture each character by his voice.
The end when I thought Maggie would be hurt.
First audio book that actually made me cry!
I loved the bonding between the main character and the dog. I loved that the story was also told from the dogs view.
When the main character and the dog bonded.
He makes you believe that the dog is having the thoughts that he is explaining.
I almost cried when I thought the K-9 was going to be taken away from the main character.
A must read for dog lovers.
First read from this author. Not sure how he became so famous. The writing is a bit pretentious and corny, but not a bad story. It helps if you are a dog lover
Only towards the end. Like the last 30 pages or so.
The sync with the kindle book is awesome. Main reason I tried this book
School Librarian, Cybrarian, Voracious Reader and Lifelong Inquirer.
Much better than I expected! Murder mystery/thriller is not normally my genre of choice and I'd never read Crais, but this is an engaging story that will keep you listening and on the edge of your seat.
Can't think of another book to compare this to: the story is a combination of murder mystery thriller, human and dog PTSD tale, and story of loyal companionship.
Drill-sergeant style police canine corps director Leland was the best! Andrews read him beautifully, with the perfect combination of sternness and heart. His dogs love him, his human charges fear him.
"We can all heal."
Loved, loved, LOVED the insight into canine training for bomb-sniffing and police work. As a lifelong doggie lover I am amazed to learn what our loving companions are capable of!
This is not just a police procedural novel that keeps you tied in with suspense. It is also a wonderful story about a dog and a man and how they help each other come out of the depths of their personal despair. If you like dogs and like thrillers this is a must read. I loved it. Robert Crais paints real life characters with very real emotions and you can relate to them every step of the way.
Right off the bat, this story had me hooked and in tears. While the subject matter was very intense, there are some very heartwarming moments.
The plot is full of action! I loved how the story telling switched from the cop's perspective to the dog's view. The action kept me on the edge of my seat while the developing relationship between the K9 and man melted my heart.
He had a clear voice, great inflection as the action and characters changed. Overall, he is an excellent narrator!
Yes, it had me crying right from the start, describing what happened to Maggie to cause the distress she suffered. Then it jumped into the police story and seamlessly brought the two main characters together. I couldn't wait to get back and listen to more each day. It left me wanting more stories of these two heroes.
I would love a sequel with these characters. It was such a great story that I hated to see it end. Excellent author, excellent narrator! I hope to discover more books like this one. Thank you!
For anyone who has ever owned (or known) a German Shepherd Dog, they will understand when I say that this book is about 'pack'. The view of a dog about it's owner and it's environment is summed up brilliantly in this book about Maggie and her new handler Scott. Both of them suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD and this is a story that shows that obstacles can be got over with enough time and effort and love and affection. The way that Crais switches between Maggie, Scott's and other characters perspective adds another element to this story.
This is a story I will listen to over and over, just because it makes me laugh and cry and love my dogs all the more.
i am addicted to audio books. I always have one on in my car, or on my i-pod when I'm cleaning or shopping. I always have loved to read
I enjoyed this book and liked the way the trust and love grew between this man and his new partner (Maggie). It was a good read.
Retired former trial and corporate lawyer practicing his craft for over 40 years. Loves legal thrillers, mysteries, and dog related stories.
I normally always consider the audio version to be better as the narrators breath a life into a book that you cannot get from just reading the written word.
I am not sure if I have listened to him before but he did an EXCELLENT job in narrating this book.
Certianly the last 1/4 of the book. My walk kept getting extended and extended as I had to listen to the conclusion.
The way the author mixed in the dog's story with the police officer's was masterful. He wove a relationship that affected the listener plus the plot of the story was excellent. I would rank this book in my top 10 to listen to. I promise you will not be disappointed.
The performance was just downright weird and creepy. The different voices were bizarre. Unfortunately I won't be able to get the strange baby-talk-to-the-dog out of my head (ever). If the story was more interesting I might not have been so distracted by the performance. Couldn't even finish it.
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