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 can finally recommend a "dog story" to my friends: not a sad ending!
I like that Scott was not a whiner and loved the few chapters from Maggie's point of view. It gave me an entirely new impression of my own dog - I always knew she was smarter than anyone ever gave her credit.
by the K9 voice. Dog aficionados will find canine wisdom in sections written from the point of view of the dog, and of course the parallels between the losses suffered by the two protagonists adds some literary extra points.
Military, cops, dogs
yes, and fun to share with husband as we drove. Love how the dog and owner relate!
Good story and great idea to use the dog talk too.
I could not stop listening to this story! The double perspective was effective and added to the emotional depth. The reading was perfect.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
After I had gone to bed for the night I had to get up to listen to the last 20 minutes of the story....couldn't sleep until I knew the ending. I love Maggie's story. I am recommending this book to everyone I know. What a pleasure!
disappointing I liked the idea of the police dog rehab. Book dragged narration was good
Lagged in action and mystery
Liked the idea of the workingg through their together
Didn't keep my attention.
The story itself.
Not such a monotone voice.
Too many to name.
I hope my next choice is better!
Such a great story of how these awesome dogs give all they are to their partners You could gush a long time about them but this story will show you from the inside how incredible they are when teamed with their Partners. Mr.Crais' understanding of the people who work with these animals and how they become a real team in heart as well as their amazing accomplishments makes this book a must have.
Yes, It was well done.
Well worth my credit Robert Crais is one of my newer favorite writers.
engaging, spellbinding, suspense
I was fully engaged with the personality of Scott and the Dog from the first chapter. The story was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I would like to read more of this character. When the book ended I could hardly wait for the next plot to unfold. Yet I am not sure this will be a seriers. I sure hope so.
The drama of the situation, the anticipation of what would be said next as the story unfolds, his voice inflection added to the suspense.
Give us more.
This is the first Robert Crais book I have listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I avoided it for awhile because somehow a book about a guy and his dog just didn't make me want to use a credit. Was I wrong! Fnally, I gave in and decided to give it a shot. From the very first page I was absolutely engaged and if time had allowed I would have listened to it all at one time. Just plain excellent! The story and character development were full and powerful. This one is a keeper. It may have been the first Robert Crais book I listened to it won't be the last.
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
"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
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.
"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!
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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