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Suspect Audiobook

Suspect

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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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    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-28-13
    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read for dog lovers. Crais does it again!"

    This is a great read for dog lovers and well worth the credit even if you are not. Crais is an excellent writer and the narration was great. Good storyline and an overall great read. I probably liked it more than the average reader because one of the characters is a dog, but it's a great story even if you are not a "dog person". What else can I say? You won't be sorry you purchased this book and if you have never read Robert Crais - purchase anything by him and you will be hooked.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda 01-26-13
    Ronda 01-26-13
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    "A good story of a man and his dog."
    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a little out of the order of other Crais books but still enjoyable, all the same. The narrator did an excellent job. The story flows easily, and though it's quite easy to guess what is coming next, it has a satisfying end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Maggie best.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 03-30-17
    Richard Delman San Francisco 03-30-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books.

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    "Crais's best book. By far."
    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's right up there in the top ten or twenty. I have been reading Mr. Crais's books since the beginning of his career, which is about thirty years ago. At the beginning he was terrific: funny, quick, writing clever plots and smart dialogue. The team of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike was terrific. doing the buddy thing, solving crimes and having fun doing it. The first dozen or so books were just fantastic. Then in the early 2000s I felt that he had gone as far as he could go with the characters, and the books began to flag. Some became instant movie scripts. Cole's romance with Lucy Chenier and his attachment to her son Ben made for a welcome change of direction. In the last couple of books Crais has created a new protagonist, Scott James, who is, along with his K-9 partner Maggie, the new star of the show. In my humble opinion this is the best decision Mr. Crais has made in a long time. This book is nearly a masterpiece, as others have said. The action, and particularly the relationship between Scott and Maggie, is wonderful. I never have been much of a dog person, to be honest, but this book alone may have changed that.


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

    Yes. the story is full of suspense, and the plot moves quickly. There is only one large slug of exposition near the end, which is impossible to follow, but by far the bulk of the book is exciting and draws you in to virtually every scene. Crais creates new characters, the most colorful being Sgt. Leland, the grizzled head of the K-9 handlers. By the end of the book your heart is pounding as you root for both Scott and Maggie to survive the almost fatal run-in with a small group of rotten cops. Even though your cerebral cortex knows that the good guys will win, nonetheless the adventure is so thrilling, and the background so brilliant, that you sit there almost biting your tongue. This is great writing, and I am thrilled to see Mr. Crais doing it yet again. This is some talented dude.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say that one of them rises above the others, as there are many scenes that are just terrific. The ending of the book is fierce and thrilling, in the way that great books often pull off, and lesser books can't. I liked the whole book, and picking one scene over all the others is a thing that I just can't do.


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

    No. I do want to say that the narrator was also fantastic. Voicing the thoughts of a dog is a challenge, above and beyond the other challenges that humans present. Mr. Andrews does a terrific job. I didn't either laugh or cry, but I got close. I did giggle quite a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really. At this point Mr. Crais has attracted a large audience, and he richly deserves it. I see that the reviews are almost all extremely enthusiastic, and I just want to add my two cents here. You will enjoy Mr. Crais's wit, and everything else that an author needs to write a book this good. Have fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ray 09-16-13
    ray 09-16-13 Member Since 2014

    Ray is my husbands name. I am a middle aged woman from Michigan

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

    Like the story line - easy to listen to.


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

    no - but it takes a lot to get me that excited about a book. I did want to finish it though - so if thats an indicator


    Which scene was your favorite?

    stupid question


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

    another stupid question


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri M 09-07-13
    Sherri M 09-07-13 Member Since 2014

    Amazon Queen

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    "A Rare Find... A good detective / heart wrencher"
    What made the experience of listening to Suspect the most enjoyable?

    Crais' writing style, a "multiple" narrative where I never had to go back to figure out which character was in the moment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie, she yanked my heart out and then gave it back.


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

    The male eye view


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

    I have to admit it made me cry several times, however they were not all sad tears.


    Any additional comments?

    He rushed the ending a bit, unless of course he is planning on turning this into a series. Hint hint.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 08-25-13
    Dennis 08-25-13 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "If you love SUSPENSE & DOGS this is EXCEPTIONAL!!!"

    This book was one I could NOT put down --- stop listening to! The reader was great. Several parts of the story kept me "hanging with "...what happened?" This is my first listen to one of Robert Crais tales ... I LOOK FROWARD TO MORE...!!!

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    james c. lee 04-16-13 Member Since 2008
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Louis 03-25-13
    Louis 03-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    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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    M.W. 03-04-13
    M.W. 03-04-13 Member Since 2009
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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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    Amazon Customer 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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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.


    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.


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

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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BROXBURN, United Kingdom
    2/19/13
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    "Brilliant Read"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    2/13/13
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    "Superb"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • CathyR
    Wales, UK
    2/11/13
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    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    United Kingdom
    6/10/13
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    "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.
    What next?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robin B
    Hampshire, England
    4/21/13
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theo
    Billingham, United Kingdom
    2/11/13
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    "Solid Crais"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. Mccarra
    Scotland
    9/26/13
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ant
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    9/20/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    7/30/13
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    "Bit sappy but I liked it - I love dogs."
    Would you listen to Suspect again? Why?

    Possibly.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I suppose the dog bits were a bit sappy - but I didn't mind so much because I love dogs.


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

    When the dog thinks her previous master has returned. And realises he hasn't.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    4/29/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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