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Suspect | [Robert Crais]

Suspect

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    William Carrollton, TX, United States 01-30-13
    William Carrollton, TX, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Robert Crais comes through again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You can't go wrong by reading Robert Crais.
    I have read all of his books.
    Grab this one!


    What did you like best about this story?

    If you like animal stories and police stories this book has everything you could want.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first listening to MacLeod Andrews I enjoyed his reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved all the times that Scott and the dog were bonding.


    Any additional comments?

    As I have previously stated, get any book by Robert Crais you can get your hands on.
    You won't go wrong.

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    Birgitta Falun, Sweden 01-30-13
    Birgitta Falun, Sweden 01-30-13
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    "Hopefully this will be the first in a series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    Love audiobooks when you can listen walking the dog, clean the house, making dinner. I will never read a book again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

    The meeting between Scott and Maggie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me smile a lot of times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 01-30-13
    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 01-30-13
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    "Loved the man/dog relationship."

    I am a dog lover who enjoys the special relationship often occurs between man and dog. This was well portrayed. Having said that, this book is an example of a man who makes poor judgement calls and pays a price which could have been avoided. There are so many books with this theme that you can begin to wonder if anyone thinks others are as smart as he is. It seems that no matter how often the character is shown to be wrong, he doesn't learn. Not really as good as most Robert Crais novels. Too bad. His books have always been entertaining and educational about human nature even if a little over the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindi Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 01-30-13
    Cindi Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 01-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "More please"

    I am always a sucker for a good dog story and was pleasantly surprised when I got a great plot as well. I really hope Mr. Crais has more Scott and Maggie to bring to us in future.

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    Michael Jacobi Michigan 01-29-13
    Michael Jacobi Michigan 01-29-13 Member Since 2001

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    "A Terrific Mystery With A Canine Twist"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    This is just a wonderful story with two heros, one human and one K-9, It grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let up til the last word is spoken. Good narration caps off a stellar performance. And it sheds light on a problem, PTSD, that so many must live with everyday. If you love dogs, this one is for you. If you love crackling good crime stories, this one is for you. If you just like a great yarn, this is for you, for sure. Don't miss it! I really hope Robert Crais brings back this crime fighting duo, Scott and Maggie, in many more stories, More than worth a credit. Get it NOW.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott and Maggie were the starts of the show. They were able to work through their PTSD to triumph together


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Maggie


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The pack is everything


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Designerrose 01-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This is for Dog lovers & everyone else!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    While I have not read the print version, this narrator does a superb job of crawling behind the police dog's eyes—with inflection and cadence. His voice is spectacular!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is no gratuitous barrage of obsenities in this book to distract from the detail of plot development.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    MacLeod Andrews MUST be a devotee of intelligent dog breeds. You can hear the admiration in his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, cried and cheered!


    Any additional comments?

    Please write more stories of Scott and Maggie!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 01-29-13
    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2009

    I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.

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    "I loved Maggie!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    OMG, I loved this book. The story had me almost in tears in the first 5 minutes. The reader is excellent, and I so loved the dog.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I would say I was concerned!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end! It was perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the heartbreak of Maggie made me cry. I love dogs, and the story captured a dog's personality perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love dogs, you will love this book. I did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 01-29-13
    Patricia 01-29-13

    Busy mom and "Nana" so love the audiobooks so I can keep hands free for multi-tasking. Originally from So. Calif., living in Montana.

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    "A man and his dog win again"

    Being a retired Law Enforcement Officer, I really appreciated the story, and the "fairly accurate" portrayal of cops in the LA area. I say fairly accurate, because it is very difficult to describe being a cop in LA unless you've been there, but Crais does a fair job. Better than that was the story line and Crais' understanding and presentation of how a K-9 Officer (i.e. the dog) brings an amazing amount to the table with his or her God-given abilities. Dogs in general are amazing. Police K-9's are a true miracle, absolutely wonderful critters, loyal, courageous and tireless, selfless. They serve with the purest of motives and ask only to be with their partner so they can do whatever he or she needs to do. Once you've been around these great dogs you can't help but marvel at the wonder of such special beings. If you love dogs, you'll love this read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie METALINE, WA, United States 01-27-13
    Valerie METALINE, WA, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Suspect the most enjoyable?

    Robert Crais has created an original, gripping story that touches the reader at a personal level.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

    Maggie and Scott were unforgettable heroes.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carole 01-24-13
    Carole 01-24-13

    Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,

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    "New Direction--Another Winner!"

    I was a bit nervous--usually I wait for reviews before buying a new book. But, I'm really glad that I took the plunge. Crais writes with just enough humor to offset the violence and darkness in his stories.

    I hope that this is the start of a new series--the main characters could probably develop in some interesting ways.

    No spoiler alert--but plot does come to a somewhat predictable end. Still it held my interest.

    If you like the David Rosenfelt series of ' detective with dog' books about Andy Carpenter and his Golden Retriever, then you will probably enjoy this one.

    Well narrated --good variation in the character voices and excellent pacing.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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