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Suspect [Kindle Edition]

Robert Crais
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Product Description


"a touching relationship between man and dog." (THE SUN)

Robert Crais is, without question, one of the very best mystery writers of all time. And in Elvis Cole and Joe Pike he has created two of the most iconic figures in any genre (David Baldacci)

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. (NEW YORK TIMES)

Not only exciting but also deeply moving. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Thoroughly involving and skillfully presented . . . A read-in-one-sitting thriller, plot- and character-driven

in equal measures


Book Description

They were each other's last chance - investigating a case no one wants...

The brilliant new thriller from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 950 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1TJG8Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. A native of Louisiana, Crais moved to Hollywood in the late 70s where he began a successful career in television, writing scripts for such major series as Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. In the mid 80s, following his success with the TV buddy genre, Crais created a series of crime novels based around the characters Cole & Pike. In addition, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Robert Crais lives in LA with his wife and family.

Here are the Elvis Cole novels in series order:

The Monkey's Raincoat
Stalking the Angel
Lullaby Town
Free Fall
Voodoo River
Sunset Express
Indigo Slam
L. A. Requiem
The Last Detective
The Forgotten Man
The Watchman
Chasing Darkness

Stand-alone novels:

Demolition Angel
The Two Minute Rule
The First Rule

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crais back on form 21 Jan. 2013
I have to admit that I've found the last couple of Robert Crais books slightly humdrum. Still better than most but by his own standards not that good. This book however is a belter! I don't know why anyone hasn't had this idea before (if they have - apologies) but to introduce the K9 department as the.mainstay of the book is a stroke of genius (only slight hyperbole there) There is genuine tension in the plot, the characterisation, if that's the right way to put it, of Maggie the dog is rather splendidly done, not maudlin or twee but gritty and sympathetic and the humans are well painted as well. OK there are certain elements that are maybe a bit melodramatic but overall this is a very believable, slightly unusual page-turner of a book if you'll excuse the cliche. Perfect winter reading.

Edit: I got this book as a brand new large format paperback at an Oxfam Bookshop which may be a review copy as I note that the book apparently doesn't actually go on sale until April. If so make the above read "perfect Springtime reading"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Heartwarming Crime and Detection Story 26 Feb. 2013
"But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion." -- Ecclesiastes 9:4 (NKJV)

Most crime and detective stories ratchet up the horror as a way to escape from having to write an entertaining story. In doing so, the victims are usually carted off the the morgue in a trail of blood and guts. After reading about the details of their autopsies, we don't hear or think much about them.

Robert Crais has written a much different kind of story. His narrators (LA police officer Scott James and former Marine, the German shepherd Maggie) are both victims of violence who carry the scars on their bodies and in their memories. Lacking the kind of physical strength they had before being badly injured, they draw on courage to do their best. Will it be enough?

The story has enough heart in it to carry three and a half stories to great success, yet the book doesn't seem overdone. There's an authenticity in caring about those who are severely harmed in the line of duty that makes this book stirring in many ways.

As someone who loves dogs, but doesn't know a great deal about German shepherds and war dogs, I was impressed by how deftly the necessary information was inserted to fill me in. I thought it was sheer brilliance to have Maggie narrate parts of the story.

If anyone will complain about this book, it will be that the mystery and detection seem a little more clumsily written than might have been expected. I'm sure you'll figure out who did what to whom and why. But that felt like a minor matter to me compared with the fun of reading the story and being encouraged by it.

Bravo, Mr. Crais!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dogs and Bullets 17 Dec. 2013
Best known for his series of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, Robert Crais is a highly-respected writer in his field and consistently delivers strong, interesting, action-driven books to the crime market. On this occasion, he's chosen to depart from the much-loved, much-debated, much-read characters of Cole and Pike, and instead penned a standalone book. His last non-series release, discounting the Joe Pike spin-offs, was The Two Minute Rule.

Suspect is the story of police officer Scott James, who happens across a dangerous diamond heist in the early hours of the morning--and soon everything turns terrifying: bullets flying, people dying (including his partner, Stephanie), and a whole lot of spilled blood. But Scott thankfully makes it out alive . . . barely . . . with multiple gunshot wounds and the burden of his partner's death. Zap forward a number of months and Scott is mostly rehabilitated, although the psychological scars still remain. He sees a psychiatrist to help overcome the guilt of his partner's death, and also, with the aide of hypnotherapy, he tries to remember any pertinent details that could push the police towards capturing the killers. Aside from this, Scott has just joined the K9 team--a special dogs unit--and is quickly enamoured by Maggie, a dog who has suffered her own pain (and bullet wounds) and whom he instantly relates to and bonds with. And from there, it's a story filled with mystery, intrigue, guns, murder, and canine-human bonding, all wrapped in a generically plotted bow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A NEW HERO EMERGES 31 Aug. 2013
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
While SUSPECT by Robert Crais is a suspense/mystery/thriller it is also a love story. It tells of the love between two devoted friends - - a dog and his master. Maggie is a German shepherd, a bomb sniffing "soldier" wounded in Afghanistan while trying to protect "her pack". She has now been returned to the US for retraining and reassignment to a K-9 unit. Scott James is a police officer wounded in the line of duty who has refused a medical retirement and is attempting a comeback of sorts via the K-9 division at the LAPD. Both dog and man have been traumatized by their experiences and failures and are in the process of trying to rebuild their lives and relationships.

While this is not one of Crais' typical Joe Pike/Elvis Cole novels it definitely presents a story worth telling and is worth the time you will invest in reading it. It is a crime drama filled with action, as well as a story with a heart that will occasionally have you tearing up as the relationship between Maggie and Scott develops and ultimately leads to their mutual healing. Often written from Maggie's point of view and expressing what a dog is willing to do to please or protect us, the narrative is compelling and convincing. We also learn that a dog's sense of smell and how the animal uses it is something that all of our vast technology has, to date, been unable to duplicate.

The relationship between Maggie and Scott develops slowly, as does the story, but the pieces all come together in the end, producing a most satisfying result. This is a subtle tale that will appeal to those who love crime thrillers as well as those who love dogs and appreciate their immeasurable contribution to our lives. I came to think of Maggie as just another human being, but with four legs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not his best but still better than most
Published 3 days ago by suzibenjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars ... real page turner could not put it down I recommend this
A another fast paced novel by Robert Crais a real page turner could not put it down I recommend this novel
Published 5 days ago by Clive
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it
Published 5 days ago by Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
Very interesting take on the Dog and its relationship with the men. The story is also very good and worth a read.
Published 10 days ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for animal lovers; a maybe for crime thriller aficionado's
I love Robert Crais books so receiving this for Christmas was pretty much an ideal gift.

I'd not noticed this book before and was filled with anticipation having read... Read more
Published 12 days ago by John Measures
5.0 out of 5 stars another great read from my faviurite authoer.
Great Book. Crais is a master. Love his work and this does not let down.
Published 13 days ago by P Knitty
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a great fan of Robert Crais books and was very happy ...
I am a great fan of Robert Crais books and was very happy with this one. It is in good condition and arrived within the allotted time.
Published 15 days ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspect
Brilliant book,hooked from start to finish. Can't wait to read another Robert Crais,when does it get published as I have read them all. Elvis Cole books are also brilliant.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
First Robert Crais novel I've read. Excellent plot and characterisation. I particularly enjoyed the way the relationship between Scott and Maggie developed. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Vertigo
5.0 out of 5 stars This will make a very good movie. It's been a long time since a ...
This will make a very good movie. It's been a long time since a book has left me with that feel good factor. Well done Robert Crais.
Published 23 days ago by DANIEL R.
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