Suspect

Suspect

by Robert Crais
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Suspect by Robert Crais

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series comes a thrilling novel featuring LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his German shepherd, Maggie.

Nine months ago, a shocking assault by unidentified men killed Scott James' 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. A German shepherd who survived two tours in Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.

They are each other’s last chance. And they’re about to investigate the one case no one wants them to touch: identifying the men who murdered Stephanie. But what they find could ultimately break them both.

One of Booklist's 10 Best Crime Fiction Books of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101609163
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 20,448
File size: 620 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Crais is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, many of them featuring private investigator Elvis Cole and his laconic ex-cop partner, Joe Pike. Before writing his first novel, Crais spent several years writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street BluesCagney & LaceyMiami ViceQuincyBaretta, and L.A. Law. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, and one of his standalone novels, Hostage, was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. His novels have been translated into forty-two languages and are bestsellers around the world. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.

Hometown:

Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

June 20, 1953

Place of Birth:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Education:

B.S., Louisiana State University, 1976; Clarion Writers Workshop at Michigan State University

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Suspect 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 249 reviews.
mjmgwiz More than 1 year ago
Wow! This is a spectacular book. The character development between Scott James and his police dog Maggie is unique, and I found the fast paced, tension-filled plot to be phenomenal. As other reviewers have said, I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a Robert Crais fan. Although I miss Joe and Elvis, I really liked this book. Hope to see Scott and Maggie again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put the book down!!!! Best one yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No way to put thus book down, particularly if you like dogs
guiltyreader More than 1 year ago
For some reason, I wasn't expecting it to be up to the caliber of the Patterson and Connelly...   and it was. ..... will now go back to read another  of his.  Great read..
Mort More than 1 year ago
one of the best books i have read so far. this is a mixture of charaters. read it in 8 hours. i sure hope they do a follow up book. got to read it. especially if you like a mixture of man and dog!
Robynn More than 1 year ago
I cried the first 50 pages of this book. I love the Joe Pike books but this is his best. Maggie's narration touched my heart and soul. As an owner of German Shepherds, he really nailed their character and pysche. Great writing and make this a trilogy! A true German Shepherd cannot bear to have you out of sight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best fiction book I've read in a couple of years. I did blubber through the first 50 pages or so as the two Scott and Maggie's stories were revealed. Then followed thrilling police procedural.Excellent characterization as two severely damaged individuals find hope in each other. I especially loved the occational narration from Maggie's point of view. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Crais's novels---he has taken top billing as my favorite police/detective author. I do hope he brings these characters back. A couple of notes: the novel started so intensely, that I had to check the last part to see if both Scott and Maggie survived. Second, my dog is named Maggie, but she is a 14 -lb terrier mongrel; I had to laugh when Scott at one point calls his dog Mags because that's my nickname for my Maggie.
SeanMoore More than 1 year ago
I'm still gasping. Intensely involving passage. I wonder if it's opening lines of the book. Efficiently sets up characters then throws them into life-and-death action. I'm hooked already and want to read the whole book.   Sean Moore, author - "The Raphael Conspiracy"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the very first paragraph, this book drew me in. And the way the author speaks from the dog's perspective was amazing. Couldn't put it down. Enjoy.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
There are two protagonists in this newest novel by Robert Crais: Maggie, a 3-year-old, 85-pound black-and-tan German shepherd dog [more formally named Military Working Dog Maggie], and LAPD cop Scott James, 32 years old with seven years on the job. But lest you think this is one of the tales told from an animal’s pov, complete with animal dialogue, think again: It is far from it. [Though it must be said that there are brief passages with a Maggie pov, but these are a whole ‘nother thing.] Maggie was a patrol/explosives-detection dog and, as with all MWD’s, was bred to guard and protect what was hers. (An eloquent description of one of the scents she is able to detect: “the residual gunpowder that clung to [her handler’s] weapon like a fine dust of death.”) Scott, having been partners with uniformed LAPD officer Stephanie Anders (herself on the job for eleven years) has been recently accepted into LAPD’s Metro Division, the “elite uniformed division” in the city. As the story opens, the two cops come upon what seems to be a routine auto accident that turns into anything but, with masked men from one vehicle brutally murdering two men in the other, before shooting and killing Stephanie and leaving Scott close to death and guilt-ridden over his partner’s death. More than nine months later, Scott still has recurrent and horrible nightmares, but has refused to take medical disability or sit behind a desk, and when a slot opens up in the Metro K-9 Unit he applies for that. And is partnered with Maggie, making a duo each half of which is suffering from severe PTSD. Maggie also lost a partner, in Afghanistan, and she is as badly scarred from that incident, mentally and physically, as is Scott is from his. Sgt. Dominick Leland, for 32 years on the job as a K-9 handler and a living legend in the LAPD K-9 Corps, expresses the following opinion about the pairing of the two: “That poor animal is unfit for this job, and I suspect the same about [Scott] . . . They are suspect.” Scott, still feeling enormous guilt over Stephanie’s death, is determined to see that investigation through to its end, and he, and Maggie, continue to do so. This is an extraordinary tale, expertly written. Mr. Crais takes the police procedural to a whole new level. It is that, of course, but much, much more. The author makes palpable the bond between man and dog, as well as the concept of “pack:” “Pack was everything.” I devoured this book, and it is highly recommended.
Acur81 More than 1 year ago
Typical Robert Crais novel- EXCELLENT! As much as I love his Elvis Cole, and Joe Pike novels, his stand alone books are equally good. The premise for this is very unique, and it's a fascinating character study, too. The main characters both lost partners, in a shootout, and were shot themselves. Both suffer from PTSD, and are having a tough time adjusting to it. The interesting part, is that one is a male cop, the other a Marine Corp canine-a German Shepherd to be precise. Crais even goes so far as to give us the dog's perspective. This is a great police procedural, with lots of suspense, and plenty of action, again typical of Crais. And, like most of his books, the pace is unrelenting, which makes the book VERY difficult to put down. This is another great book, that I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Scott anf Maggie please let's see more of them. I'm a big fan of Elvis and Joe,but Scott and Maggie took my heart. More please!
rodfanSH More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, could not put it down, it his best so far, can't wait for more. I was a Joe Pike fan, but this is great, hope for more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My wife and I both read this book and fell in love with Maggie. After completing, we decided to get another dog and we named her Maggie. Thank you Robert Crais for the hours of reading enjoyment and giving us the nudge to bring another loving dog into our family.
pat99 More than 1 year ago
I am mystified by the people who loved this book.  It is not horrible, but let's just say it ain't Harlan Coben.   It is a completely linear story with nothing unexpected, no surprises.  It really reads more like a plot outline  before the writer got a chance to add interesting detail.  It kept me interested enough to read it, but I thought it was completely forgettable.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure why the editor was negatively biased. As a lover of both Crais's work and dogs in general, I found this book to be thoroughly entertaining and engaging from start to finish. Job well done.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
I thought I had plenty of authors to read on my list and now geeze.....Crais hits a home run, just not a grand slam. I'm going to have to read more of his work. I'd read Hostage years ago and loved it, then read Demolition Angel and was really so disappointed. This led to me just not rushing to read any more Crais novels. I love dogs and thrillers, so this one piqued my interest. I flew through it - just a solid thriller, but more a very strong human (and dog!) story. One really feels for Officer James as well as Maggie. The plot is very good, but not excellent. What makes it such a strong book is the bond that develops between man and dog, while wrapping itself (and them) around the investigation itself. I liked the book well enough that now I'll need to start reading the Pike and Cole novels. Hopefully they are on the level of Suspect and Hostage. If so, I'll keep coming back for more.
colo48 More than 1 year ago
Explosive masterpiece of suspense??????? NO, NO.NO. The prologue which sets up the story was the best part of the book. I have read almost all Robert Crais novels. This one lacked a compelling story and suspense, and the hero was dull and uninteresting. Come on, Crais, you can do much better. And I love dogs too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. I read this book in 10days. I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
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Excellent book! On my top 5 list!
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