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Suspect Hardcover – 11 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409126587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409126584
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.1 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

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

It takes a brave writer to try not to have animals upstage his story, and Crais makes it work almost immediately; the prologue in Afghanistan is superbly judged. He makes Maggie a real character with some of the most touching writing I've read in the crime field in ages. Using animal point of view is equally risky, but again, Crais pulls it off... a bravura piece of writing. (IRRESISTIBLE TARGETS)

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

An intriguing stand-alone thriller... Crais has created an unsentimental, page-riffling read that grips the reader. (Myles McWeeney IRISH INDEPENDENT)

Another heart wrenching read from Crais which makes you want more. (LIFESTYLE NORTH EAST)

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

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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
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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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
"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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Nine months ago, Scott James lost his partner and almost lost his life when they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now, he's still recouping from his wounds and joining the K-9 unit of the LAPD. He selects as his dog Maggie, a Marine Corp trained dog who lost her first partner in Afghanistan.

Both Scott and Maggie are suffering from PTSD and neither are certain about taking to each other. But as Scott begins to investigate the still unsolved case that cost him his last partner, the two begin to bond. Will it be enough to help Scott face the past?

I'm not a dog person, but something drew me to this book, and I'm glad it did. I absolutely loved it, especially the two leads. And if this non-dog person can fall in love with Maggie, anyone who does love dogs will love her that much more.

At times, the mystery felt like it was taking a backseat to the story of Scott and Maggie bonding, but the book was always interesting. And once the plot did kick into high gear, I could not put it down.

I've read a few of Robert Crais' books in the past, but it's been sporadic. I keep meaning to bump him back up my reading list. After this book, he's jumped up several more spots. It was a great read I was sorry to see end.
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Format: Hardcover
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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