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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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Good storyline, excellent narration, suspenseful, yet easy to follow. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

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I wasn't sure how I'd like a story told in part in a dog's point of view but hearing Maggie's thoughts and reactions are vital to the story. She is as important a character as Scott, her new handler. The story is as much about their relationship and healing as it is about the detective work. If you love detective stories and dogs, this heartwarming tale of Maggie's second chance and Scott's determination to remain a cop is a story worth reading or listening to.
Robert Crais blends human and animal reactions into a murder mystery ripe with intrigue. His characterization of Scott and Maggie are so real I can touch them. Narrator MacLeod Andrews gives a great performance as he brings the story to life. This is one of those stories I want to read/hear again.

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forced to finish

What would have made Suspect better?

There were story mistakes that I thought were pretty glaring, it made me not identify with the MC. Police processing and K-9 mistakes that did not support him being 7 years on the job. The supporting characters were very flat

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Crais again?

I would consider it

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

This is a new performer for me but I thought he did a good job

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I had to force myself to finish it. The villain was cliche and also undeveloped

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awesome story and great voice

the narrator was so good. I loved his emotional reading and voice inflection. I cried several times throughout the story because it felt so real. The author really did an amazing job telling a story from both perspectives the Dog and Its Alpha

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Fantastic

Loved this book! It was a great story of the struggles of man and dog after an injury and losing someone you love. It gave a great look into the mindset and capabilities of a dog. I think it made me understand my dog better. Definitely worth reading. Enjoy!

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Good read/listen

I really enjoyed this book. The ending wasn't alarmingly predictable which was refreshing. I will consider other books from this author. It kept me on my toes near the end and I wanted to hear the ending so badly that I was late to work!

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For truth and dog lovers

Two wounded souls brought together to learn about life and healing together. Helped me understand my shelter rescue German Shepard better and why some protective traits are also fear that are overcome with inborn. Pack protection traits. The story characters were real and interesting. The suspense kept me reading long after my usual bedtime. Excellent ending.

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a man and his dog

I really enjoyed this story about a man an his dog. I am a dog lover and taught this to my son. I identified with the main character as he reminded me of my son and his dog

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

Certainly. I really enjoyed the story and the relationship between the man and his K-9 companion.

What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

None. It was quite different for me.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Very well done. Give it a try.

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Accurate and Entertaining.. Well Done Crais!

As a German Shepherd owner, I can attest that Crais gets this exactly right. Loved the information about GSD police and military training. Made me go get a non-fiction book on the subject and it confirms the methods Crais uses in the book. So, good story, great characters and good information make this a real winner.