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Suspect

Auteur(s): Robert Crais
Narrateur(s): MacLeod Andrews
Durée: 8 h et 30 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 évaluations)

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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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Loved it

What a good book. Loved the characters, the struggles and especially the dog. I'm a dog person and I came away with a new respect for k9 units!

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suspect

a great read! interesting characters...believable mystery. loved the chapters 'written' by Maggie!! looking forward to The Promise.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 2013-01-22

Gripping Page Turner!!

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!



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  • CL
  • Mt Vernon WA
  • 2013-01-23

Excellent!

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).

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  • B.J.
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 2013-02-05

I LOVE that dog.

I guess I'm a sucker for dog books - especially books about big, furry dogs with an edge. And this one is terrific. The biggest issue with this book is that it's not longer. I could easily have listened to another 4 hours and been just fine with that. It's efficiently and professionally written. Maybe just a little predictable, but a good listen.

Here's my best recommendation: if you have to do something unpleasant - like clean the garage or basement - load this one on your iPod and get to work. The time will fly by. Maggie is great company. You'll miss her when it's done.

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  • Empress Karen
  • 2013-01-23

For the Pack

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

loyality, duty, grace

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

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

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

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

I am listening this first day I could download it

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 2013-03-23

Good Story

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.

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  • J. Jackson
  • rtp, nc usa
  • 2013-01-25

Another wonderful Crais novel!

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.

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  • AudioAddict
  • 2013-08-27

Awesome on many levels...

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.

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  • Richard Delman
  • San Francisco
  • 2017-03-30

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.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • Greensboro, NC, United States
  • 2013-01-24

This is a must read, groundbreaking, remarkable!

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

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

The opening two chapters set the stage for the whole book.

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

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

I listened to this book in one day!

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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 2016-04-13

Pack Man

This book has been hovering on the edge of my awareness for some time and I can’t really say why I haven’t downloaded it before now. Getting it on sale tipped the balance and I am very happy with the outcome.

When it comes down to it, this is a fairly standard police procedural at its core, but the characters that flesh out the bones make it exceptional, especially Maggie the Marine dog who joins Scott in his quest for redemption. Crais’ genius was to let us into the thoughts of Maggie, how she perceived her partnership with Scott and the evolution of them as a “pack”. This added an emotional punch unlike any human partnerships I’ve read. It also added welcome humor, as when we see through Maggie’s eyes her thoughts about Scott trying to get her to fetch a ball. (I guess I know now what my dog Charlie is thinking when I try the same thing.)

The central mystery is well developed, avoids red herrings and thankfully avoids ridiculous romantic entanglements that only serve as distractions. The tension builds believably and we worry for Scott and Maggie at the same time we are rooting for them. Mostly well read, but as too often happens, the male reading of the female voices left something lacking. But I loved the gruff canine unit sergeant. Good entertainment reading recommended for mystery/thriller lovers. Will likely check out future entries in the series, mainly to revisit Maggie.

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