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Suspect [Kindle Edition]

Robert Crais
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,623 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Nine months ago, a shocking 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. 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.

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From Booklist

*Starred Review* The most multifaceted and appealing new protagonist in crime fiction this year just may turn out to be a dog—and a hard-boiled dog, to boot. Maggie is a German shepherd trying out for the LAPD’s K-9 unit, but it looks like she isn’t going to make it. A former military dog, Maggie survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan but was severely wounded (her handler was killed) and now suffers from the canine version of PTSD. LAPD cop Scott James, shot during an altercation in which his partner was killed, also suffers from PTSD and has been assigned to the K-9 unit, but it doesn’t look he’s going to make it, either. Scott and Maggie immediately bond, but the hard-nosed sergeant who heads the unit doubts whether either one can measure up. Man and dog think otherwise, however, and as Scott continues—off the books—to investigate the shooting that cost his partner her life, he finds that Maggie has his back, just as his partner did. Taking a break from his critically acclaimed Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series, Crais launches what looks like a stand-alone, but anyone who reads 20 pages of this gripping and heartrending thriller will devoutly pray that it’s the beginning of a new series. As Scott digs deeper into the death of his partner, he stumbles on a massive cover-up. That story is thoroughly involving and skillfully presented, but, frankly, it’s hard for the reader to think of anything but Maggie. We become singlemindedly obsessed with the safety of this beautiful, sensitive, and stunningly intelligent animal, much as Maggie lives to protect and please Scott. Crais take us inside Maggie’s head—and, even more, her remarkably sensitive nose—but always in the most believable of terms (this is no talking-dog cozy). A read-in-one-sitting thriller, plot- and character-driven in equal measures. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Crais has hit the New York Times best-seller list eight times, with Taken making it to number one. The track record will jump-start this one, but the book itself will do the rest. --Bill Ott


Praise for SUSPECT
"Action-packed, deeply touching and sure to be one of the best-written and most original crime novels of the year."—Associated Press

“The most multifaceted and appealing new protagonist in crime fiction this year just may turn out to be a dog—and a hard-boiled dog, to boot… A read-in-one-sitting thriller, plot- and character driven in equal measures.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Maggie is one gorgeous girl, altogether worthy of playing a leading role in SUSPECT, Robert Crais’s heart-tugging novel about two wounded war veterans who nudge each other back to life after suffering a traumatic loss . . . [Maggie] holds us captive, enthralled by Crais’s perceptive depiction of her amazing capabilities.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Robert Crais

"Robert Crais is hands-down the World’s Greatest Crime Fiction Writer, and that’s no joke” —Huffington Post

“Most crime novel fans have a shortlist of authors they will buy on name recognition alone. If Robert Crais isn’t on that list, he should be. His novels get better with every new book” —Portland Oregonian


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247 of 260 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspect January 18, 2013
By Cphe
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This is the story of Maggie, an ex Military Work Dog who is severely injured in the line of duty in Afghanistan.
Scott James is a police officer who is reassigned to the K-9 division when his partner Stephanie is killed and he is severely wounded in the line of duty.

It's a long road back for both of them, as Maggie and Scott each suffer from PTSD.

Maggie becomes Scotts partner and they must both work to overcome their handicaps and learn to work together and trust each other. The bond between them strengths and grows as Scott works to uncover the perpetrators involved in his shooting and Stephanie's murder.

Whilst the book is an excellent mystery, involving corrupt cops, murder, greed and larceny it is really the story of two misfits who are no longer regarded as a viable, productive unit.

Maggie is the heroine of this book and a very worthy heroine she is. She will give her all, and put her life on the line to protect her Alpha over and over again.

I really loved the story from Maggie's point of view. How she looked at the world. I knew very little about what Military Working Dogs or their K-9 counterparts actually did. It is interesting reading, the intensive training and commitment that is expected from these wonderful animals. They give so much.

I've never read this author's work prior to this book, but if they are the quality, standard of this one then I've been missing some quality work.
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164 of 173 people found the following review helpful
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Awesome book! We feel great sadness for the reviewer who failed to appreciate the accuracy and insight of Crais's description of human animal relationships. We don't know he did it but Crais captured the human dog interaction as well as we have ever seen. Dogs were not literally domesticated, as were cattle and horses. They and humans developed a symbolic relationship. There is interdependence, not co-dependence, which exists nowhere else in nature on such a regular basis.

My wife and I have been rescuing severely abused Dobermans since 1995. We have taken dogs that other good people have not been able to help. Fortunately we have had significant success. Crais compressed the time needed for rehabilitation in these cases as he acknowledges, but the overall description is something only truly recognized by those who have experienced it. We have had dogs who were almost beaten to death, or starved past saving, or so injured as to require months of daily care. And they have come back to be the most loving and caring companions imaginable.

My wife and I both are Criminal Justice Professionals and receive threats on a regular basis. My my wife has been disabled for the last 5 years, yet I never have to worry about her at home by herself because four large Dobermans stand guard with their lives and provide constant love and companionship. They also guard and include in their pack our four cats.
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113 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUSPECT---A Gripping and Wonderful Story January 22, 2013
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This tale will grip you from the first page. I have not read a book in one sitting for many years--but I did read Robert Crais' latest "Suspect" with only a few interruptions for soda and snack. The two new members of the Crais cast are a wounded military dog named Maggie and a wounded LA Cop named Scott James. Though both are badly damaged they refuse to quit on their chosen careers and join forces to both heal themselves, vanquish their own hidden demons and still pursue the murderous pack who killed Scott's partner and almost killed him. For the older readers this is a "grown up" tale of a man and his dog in the genre of the best episodes of Rin-Tin-Tin or Lassie, which were popular in our youth. It is rewarding to watch as these two seriously wounded individuals bond and become a cohesive "pack" looking out for each other's welfare and aiding each other in their quest for justice and healing. Let us hope this is the first in a long running series of Scott and Maggie adventures. I very highly recommend this book. Robert Crais has excelled with this new offering. Do not miss out--pick it up and read it. Though, fair warning--once you start reading you won't stop till the final page is turned.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book EVER January 23, 2013
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I was a K9 handler for 7 years. This book captured the partnership better than anything I ever read. I was hooked from the first word.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie and Scott...I want more. January 24, 2013
By Zim
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I could not put it down. I read it too fast and now must wait forever for a new book. Mr. Crais, please stop being so cruel and give us more than one book a year. Now I don't know what to wish for...Elvis and Joe or Scott and Maggie. I love them all. I really hope there will be more Scott and Maggie books. Maybe Mr. Crais could give us one Scott and Maggie book and one Elvis and Joe book a year. Sounds like a good idea, huh?
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A MASTERPIECE OF CRIME, LOYALTY, AND HEROISM!" January 22, 2013
Bestselling author, Robert Crais delivers a crime thriller that draws the reader in immediately with a compelling story that mesmerizes from beginning to end. I love dogs from when I was a child, and love crime thrillers, and this author creates a story with unforgettable characters as you crave for more. This is my first read of this author, but it will not be my last. My only regret is not finding his books in the past. Robert Crais does not disappoint, and I rate him as high as I value the books of James Patterson. The story begins with the life history of Maggie, a military dog, injured in the line of duty. Scott James, a police officer, also injured in the line of duty teams up with Maggie to work together on investigations of finding evidence for Scott's shooting, and his partner's killer. Maggie and Scott have a lot in common as they try to combat their disabilities, and learn a great deal from each other. The bond they share could never be broken as their trust continues to build. The author draws a colorful portrait as he portrays the true meaning of dedication and loyalty, while introducing to the reader the training and commitment required to work as such a team. This riveting, emotional story is told through the eyes of Maggie as it tugs at the heart. A mystery of corruption, greed, murder, and much more. The hero is a character we will remember, long after this book is closed. Entertaining, heartfelt, suspenseful, and highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This one doesn't disappoint!
Mystery novel buffs and animal ,especially dog, lovers will have a hard time putting this one down. A physically and emotionally damaged detective and his equally damaged K9... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by CurlyTop
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite.
I loved the story. Loved the characters, read it from start to finish. Learned so much and can hardly wait for the next book.
Published 2 days ago by Roberta Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 2 days ago by Kristy Donohue
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one from Craais
Robert Crais is consistently good. His writing, his plotting, his character development. A cut above so many.
Published 3 days ago by oshkoshwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Another excellent mystery by Crais.
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book I would recommend it to anyone. I loved it best in a long while
Published 3 days ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved
Top noch story, I loved it
Published 4 days ago by Amazon customer Dan,I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Man's best friend
I've never read a book that trapped me like this, probably because I've never read a first person dog character that is so believable, combined with a great cop action novel. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Robert F. Geils
4.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for dog fans; not so much for mystery buffs
As a mystery, this book is strictly mediocre, but as an examination of a dog's relationship to the humans around it, it's a masterpiece. Read more
Published 5 days ago by S. N. Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a gift - great condition - thanks!
Published 8 days ago by EJ
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Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. He was the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in a blue collar family of oil refinery workers and four generations of police officers. He purchased a second-hand paperback of Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction.

He journeyed to Hollywood in 1976 where he quickly found work writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Miami Vice, as well as scripting numerous series pilots and movies-of-the-week for the major networks.

Feeling constrained by the collaborative working requirements of Hollywood, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist. His first efforts proved unsuccessful, but upon the death of his father in 1985, Crais was inspired to create Elvis Cole, using elements of his own life as the basis of the story. The resulting novel, The Monkey's Raincoat, won the Anthony and Macavity Awards and was nominated for the Edgar Award. It has since been selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

Crais conceived of the novel as a stand-alone, but realized that, in Elvis Cole, he had created an ideal and powerful character through which to comment upon his life and times. Elvis Cole's readership skyrocketed in 1999 upon the publication of L. A. Requiem, which was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and forever changed the way Crais conceived of and structured his novels. Larger and deeper in scope, Publishers Weekly wrote of L. A. Requiem, "Crais has stretched himself the way another Southern California writer, Ross Macdonald, always tried to do, to write a mystery novel with a solid literary base." Booklist added, "This is an extraordinary crime novel that should not be pigeonholed by genre. The best books always land outside preset boundaries. A wonderful experience."

Crais followed with his first non-series novel, Demolition Angel, which was published in 2000 and featured former Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Technician Carol Starkey. In 2001, Crais published his second non-series novel, Hostage, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and was a world-wide bestseller. The editors of selected Hostage as the #1 thriller of the year. A film adaptation of Hostage was released in 2005, starring Bruce Willis as ex-LAPD SWAT negotiator Jeff Talley.

Robert Crais lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his wife, three cats, and many thousands of books. Additional information can be found at his website,

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