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.
When the prologue makes me hold my breath, and the first chapter keeps me on the edge of my seat, I know I can expect a well thought out thriller. Great narrator too!
Crais introduces us to a new hero in this book-a very likable 32 year old LAPD policeman, He and his partner, Stephanie, stumble upon a car accident and violent altercation on a quiet street. In trying to intervene Stephanie is killed, and Scott is severely wounded.
Scott eventually gets a new partner- a four legged one. It's hard to make a dog one of the central characters in any book, but Crais does it beautifully. The dog, Maggie, and Scott become a K9 team. Both horribly wounded in the line of duty, they are both written off as "damaged goods" - an evaluation that Scott and Maggie prove to be wrong as they depend upon each other in the search for those who killed Stephanie.
I learned a lot from this book about the care, concern, and respect for K9 dogs by fellow officers--and a lot about the training and close bonds that are formed. They are amazing animals.
A very worthy read by Robert Crais!
Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!
Suspense, passion, healing. Crais puts us in the mind of a remarkable K-9 dog with realism and passion. He makes the training, care and relationship of the man and dog so interesting I could not stop listening. And he introduces us to a faction of police work and warfare we've never experienced before in this genre.
In most police novels the hero never suffers from post traumatic stress disorder after being shot and/or seeing his partner shot or killed. In fact, I can't remember having ever read of this in fiction. In real life it happens to most officers involved in violence that results in tragedy. Crais masterfully takes us through the process of suffering and healing in an entertaining manner.
He also gives us a heck of a good mystery.
The opening two chapters set the stage for the whole book.
He did a great job on this one. For example, a k9 officer must use a commanding, alpha voice when giving orders to the animal. But he also has to baby talk his dog to build trust and relationship. Andrews was great in a difficult contrast...
I listened to this book in one day!
I downloaded the preview chapter when audible was giving us the first 2 chapters, after I listened to them, I pre-ordered "Suspect." This is absolutly a great story!!! loved it! Different kind of story than the normal Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, but great in it's own right!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Robert Crais is considered a master crime writer. This book is different from his series with Elvis and Joe. Maggie a Marine bomb dog is wounded and handler was killed. She is being evaluated as an LAPD dog. Officer James was also wounded and partner killed and is fighting to stay on the police force and is assigned to Maggie. They heal together and try to solve the murder of his partner. Lots of suspense, action, and some humor. Crais also provide a great deal of information about military and police dogs. The story is told from both the view point of the police officer and the Maggie the dog. Hope this becomes a series. It was a who done it that leaves one feeling good. Well worth the credits. Macleod Andrews did a good job narrating the story.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
loyality, duty, grace
Master Crais is at his very best on this one. My all time favorite, the watchman is being chased by this one and I am only on chapter 9
many different scenes get to you. Maggie getting a drink out of the big water bowl in the bathroom. Maggie protecting her Marine handler in chapter 1 had me in tears on the fwy.Our hero eating his first dinner with Maggie on the floor with her.
I am listening this first day I could download it
get any of Crais books read by James Daniels and David Stuart. I was most surprised by this reader MacLeod. He is just terrific and now joins the ranks of James Daniels. Luke Daniels did not do a good job on the last two of Crais books. Joe Pike story missed it when Luke read it. Get the Watchman. I own all of audio Crais. I hope you enjoy as much
as I have.
This was my first experience with this author and I was going to pass it up until I read it was about a dog. What can I say . . . a great read! I was so hooked I got to bed too late then was almost late to see my client. I will most certainly check out more of his books (along with telling all of my dog friends about it).
Robert Crais is as reliable as a writer can be and more. This book is a great example. It's as enjoyable as all of his books AND it takes me on a new and unexpected adventure. If I had read a sloppy summary of this book I don't know if I would have picked it up, but Crais grabbed me immediately and never lost me.
Lots of writers have given a bad reputation to books that have a dog in a central role. While I love Jack London's dog books and would compare Crais' sensitive handling of the dog's narrative to London, this is a human's story. Maggie, a retired military dog, is the companion that catalyzes our hero's actions.
Put yourself in Crais' hands. Don't be afraid of the dog.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - I loved this book. There is so much going on -- it is a very good police procedural, a heartwarming dog story and also provides a glimpse into the training and lives of police dogs and their handlers. The story will draw you in immediately and won't let you go till the end. You will love the way Maggie (dog) and Scott meet, train and the way their relationship grows and heals their emotional wounds. You will enjoy the insight into Maggie's thinking. And all this is going on during a police investigation into a very interesting crime!
FOR DOG LOVERS WHO DON'T LIKE SAD BOOKS (SLIGHT SPOILER): If you're like me, you don't listen to dog books because you're afraid they'll be sad. The worst part of this book occurs briefly in approximately the first ten minutes. It's sad, but the author just covers what happens because it's important to the story and he doesn't draw it out unnecessarily. The rest of the book is great and MORE than makes up for the sadness in the beginning.
NARRATOR - Really good job. (Thought about rating the performance a 5 and don't really know why I didn't).
OVERALL - I can't imagine anyone not loving this book (except maybe children because of some violence and inappropriate language). Highly recommended.
Compact, engaging, substantial.
This is a great twist on a thriller, delivering unpredictable villains and even more unpredictable heroes. The shifting points of view richly enhance the reader's experience without being repetitious.
I consumed it!
Looking forward to more about Scott James and Maggie
I've listened to maybe 300 plus audiobooks, so many that I lose track. But when it comes to books featuring man's best friend, this is the best.
Perhaps one by Nora Roberts (can't remember the title). Otherwise no comparison. The other books are too sentimental.
Don't know if I have or not.
My wife is a dog trainer (make that a trainer of people who have dogs). She listened up to the explosion and almost quit. I promised her that this really was a great book about a brave man and dog and please don't give up on it.
So she got back into it. AND absolutely loved it.
"A refreshing departure from Messrs. Cole and Pike."
I approached this book with some trepidation as I am a huge fan of the Cole/Pike books but I needn't have worried the story, expertly narrated by MacLeod Andrews, held me from the very beginning.
I do hope there will be more books with these excellent characters.
"An exceptional diversion for Robert Crais!"
.......after the first chapter I was going to put Suspect down, as I thought Robert Crais was trying his hand at a war story with his own American sensibilities. Later I picked it up again and when the action transferred to LA and the LAPD that was it for me. Both leading characters had had their partners shot before their eyes and were suffering the trauma of loss and grief in a very heavy way, as it also related to carrying out one's duties and protecting one's colleagues in dramatic and dangerous conditions. They both wrongly considered they'd failed in this and were suffering from the guilt and remorse that many of us have felt, but perhaps not to the same intensity.
As the narrative continued it's complex path Crais' mastery began to exert itself and as a big fan I was won over with his handling of both leading characters need to win over their own damaged emotions; to show the courage to embark on a fresh start with trusting each other, and to eventually win. Great story telling by a modern LA Noir storyteller, full of very unexpected twists and exceptionally detailed characters emerging from the shadows. Flushing out the main culprits within his/their midst, the leading character(s) displayed his/their hidden strengths and were both awarded a victorious ending. Very good book indeed! Highly recommended!
"A GRIPPING READ"
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT THRILLER, CENTRED AROUND A DOG CALLED MAGGIE, WHO STARTS LIFE AS A BOMB DETECTION DOG AND THEN GOES ON TO HAVE A CAREER IN THE POLICE FORCE. HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER HANDLERS IS PIVOTAL TO THE PLOT BUT THE STORY ITSELF, IS TENSE, EXCITING AND GRIPPING. IF I WAS 'PICKY' THERE ARE A FEW INSTANCES WHERE YOU CANT THINK TOO DEEPLY ABOUT THE LIKELIHOOD OF SOMETHING HAPPENING BUT I STILL RECOMMEND IT WHEN ASKED FOR A GOOD READ..
this is a fairly good standalone novel, but it didn't work for me the way the cole / pike novels do, especially when they are narrated by the sensational william roberts.
however, crais writes well (clearly, efficiently) and the story is interesting. i enjoyed it, just not as much as the others.
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