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.
Absolutely. I have already started it over again as the story is well done.
Maggie; having her point of view makes the story great!
This is the first time I've heard this narrator and he is excellent.
Pack, alpha, protect.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I was so sad for it to end. I wish that the Scott - Maggie duo could be made into a series. I know that I've really enjoyed a book when my thoughts dwell on it for days or weeks after. This book did that for me.
I am fairly new to this genre, but have recently become hooked. This book came up on the Daily Deal so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did. The story intertwined a heartwarming story of love, trust and healing, but it was also a darn good mystery/thriller. There was lots of excitement to keep the story moving. While I though I'd enjoy the mystery part of the story more, I found myself looking forward to those scenes that developed the relationship between Scott and Maggie. I couldn't put the book down until I had finished it. I will definitely re-read it.
I love dogs and also a good dog tale so I really enjoyed this book. It’s the story of Maggie, German shepherd and former Military Working Dog and her new handler, Scott James, an LAPD police officer who has recently transferred to the K9 division. Both dog and man have recently lost their partners in “battle” and are suffering from the physical and emotional results of these traumas along with multiple gun shot wounds. The two bond into a “pack” as they search for the people who killed Scott’s partner.
What most impressed me about this book is the accuracy of Robert Crasis’ description of dogs, working dogs especially. He is clearly familiar not only with German Shepherds but also with Belgian Malinois, the other primary breed used for military and police work. He knew the similarities as well as the significant differences between the breeds. Maggie's physical, intellectual, and psychological gifts unfold with the plot, and training methods are correctly incorporated. I am somewhat familiar with these amazing animals since we have been fostering Military Working Dog puppies from the DoD Breeding Program at Lackland and presently live with two gorgeous adopted Mals. I know little about police procedures and cannot judge the validity of these in the book, but what pertained to dogs rang true.
This was my first Robert Crasis book. I’m not a fan of police or crime novels, and purchased this one only because of the working dog/law enforcement connection--and the audiobook was on special sale. However, it was a good choice for me. I had difficulty putting it down and consider my time listening to this novel well-spent. For me Suspect turned out to be far more engaging than other books I have read in this genre. The relationship that developed between Maggie and Scott elevated this from a typical thriller to something significantly more.
The characters are so vivid and contemporary that the reader can almost share their joy and pain.
The continuity from one location and series of events to another.
Maggie and did I say Maggie!
The Pack mentality!
I could not put it down. While a new character I look forward to reading of Rick and Maggie's adventures again.
Tell us about yourself!
Spellbindng, moving, excellent.
This is the first book I've listed to with MacLeod Andrews' performing.
It was a book I would like to listen to in one sitting - but I didn't do that. I made it last longer.
This is a book I've been recommending to my friends and family. Truly moving story.
Robert Crais is very gifted and writes rich mystery/thrillers with original plots and characters that are fully developed. In this excellent mystery, you have an officer recovering from a serious injury and a canine with a similar issue. So you have several plot lines, the arc of the thriller, the growing man/dog relationship and their respective career (fitness) perils. I loved this book. It raced along and along the way, I learned a fair amount about K-9 units. Highly recommended.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense and who loves dogs.
The first chapter. Paul and Maggie touched my heart.
He brought life to the characters.
The scene with Maggie and Paul and the scene in the warehouse with Maggie and Scott.
Any book that can make me laugh, cry, and walk around smiling like an idiot is worth passing on. Read/Listen to this book!
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
This book paints an interesting look at police K-9 teams, has interesting characters, but fails to deliver when it comes to real action and mystery. The book primarily follows Scott the new K-9 officer but offers glimpses from the dog’s, Maggie, perspective. The majority of the book focuses on their interaction and is a good lesson on how to evolve characters, but the plot is nearly in the background. There isn’t much action for a “thriller” and the mystery is pretty straight forward, but if you like dog (I do) and want to read about dogs (I don't really want to) you’ll probably like this book.
I listened for three hours. It was so boring I could not tell you what the story was about. I am a big fan of Crais's Elvis Cole Series. I could not believe he wrote this mess.
No problem with the narrator
If it wouldn't take 30 minutes on the phone I would return it.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.
Warning: If you are prone to tear up please have some tissues close.
Robert Crais is a master at making you feel the pain of these characters, especially for a crime novel, and MacLeod Andrews brings the story to life with his narration.
This is the story of Scott (human police officer) and Maggie (canine Marine) who both saw their beloved partners fall under enemy fire despite their best and most valiant efforts. They are left with physical and mental scars. Circumstances throw them together and magic happens.
I am definitely going to have to check out other books by Robert Crais.
What a brilliant move by Audible to have a deal of the day. What a great way to be introduced to new authors and even new genre.
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