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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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My Favorite Robert Crais Novel to Date

I have listened to several Robert Crais novels in the past - most of them from the Elvis Cole / Joe Pike series. I have never considered Crais an upper echelon author, but more of a second tier, run-of-the-mill type author.

This book; however, is certainly at or near that top shelf.

The title of my review sums it up rather simply. I will definitely keep my eyes out for a sequel, or another non-Cole / Pike story with similar good reviews.

Be advised; however, that parts of the story are told from the mind of the dog, some of which are a little corny - intensified by the narrator, MacLeod Andrews who hams it up a bit too much.

Aside from MacLeod's baby dog voice, and the story moving a tad too slow a couple of times, I recommend the book and give it 5 stars.

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GREAT!

Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

You get the feel of the story being in audio

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

The bonding between man and dog

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Very clean

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

Being a dog lover, when Maggies first partner was killed I thought wow. Good healing story for man and beast.

Any additional comments?

Very good, being a fan of Pike and Cole I think this tops the cake.

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very entertaining

If you want to learn a little about dogs and listen to a good mystery, this is for you. I couldn't put it down. I just wish it was a little longer. I didn't want to see it end.

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Trust the Dog...

This was a good story about a broken military dog and a broken cop. Granted, the premise and the growing body count were pretty "out there," but the dog kept me in the story. I liked the way the cop and the dog started to grow together as a team...or "pack" in dog terms. That was probably the best part of the story and certainly overcame the weakness of the overall plot.

If you are a dog person, you will probably like the book.

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Great Story

What did you love best about Suspect?

I loved that it kept you guessing about who the actual bad guy was.

What did you like best about this story?

The author used the two characters, to heal each other. That is a lesson we can use in our lives.<br/>

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

The Seargent was awesome! I remember one just like him in Basic Training. Tough but fair.<br/><br/>

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

When the Seargent entered the hospital room to talk to the nurse.

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A Lassie for our century....

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I loved all of the details given about dogs in the police and military, oh and I AM a dog lover, so how could I not.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

Usually, I can thing of one that stands out in a book, but this whole book was full of heartwarming memorable moments.

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

I never just read anymore, well almost never, but I'd say he brought another special kind of voice to life in this particular book.

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

As I said I found the whole book moving but particularly when Maggie out thought the humans.

Any additional comments?

Would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves and respects animals.

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  • dsmith20
  • St. George, UT, United States
  • 02-21-13

INTENSE THRILLER

This was an easy listen, I couldn't put it down...or turn it off!! I lost sleep over this book! I love the connection and bond revealed between human and K9. I enjoyed MacLeod Andrews narration very much! If you have are familiar with Robert Crais, you must read!! If this is your first, you are in for a thrilling ride!

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  • K
  • SAINT PETER, MN, United States
  • 02-20-13

Great story and a must for dog lovers

Stumbled across this book and based on the reviews I took a chance. Really enjoyed the book even though I wished it was longer. The narration was well done and given that I'm a dog lover I could really relate to the story line.

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  • Ed
  • 02-19-13

Couldn't turn it off....

Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

Never read the book - loved the audio edition!

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

Yes indeed! The plot was living emotion, it was so well written that I found my self driving further and slower (I listen to the audio while I drive) This was an intense novel.I was disappointed when I finished the book - definitely will purchase more by this writer.

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

Very tough question to answer There was Scott James the main human characterMaggie his K-9 partner (I liked her so much I wanted to buy a German Shepherd.And I know its strange but I really liked the tough K-9 Unit Sargent Dominique Leland

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was that captivating....

Any additional comments?

First book by this author - I was very impressed. Have looked for more to purchase.

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  • Leslie
  • Sausalito, CA, United States
  • 02-19-13

Excellent! Story was riveting.

If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

Dog Lover's Must

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

When Maggie the dog explores her new home. We experience it from her point of view as a dog.

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

I believe this is the first thing I've listened to narrated by him. The narration is excellent. This book deserves to be listened to.

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

The scene in Afghanistan with the dog, Maggie. My eyes teared up!

Any additional comments?

This would make a fantastic movie! I hope it gets made someday.

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