Robert Crais


"..Crais’ talent as an author shines through.."


LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking night-time 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 three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler to an IED.

They are each other's last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie. What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and the journey will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say.

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'Suspect' seems less of a crime thriller and more of an emotional thriller as a lot of the book is based on the relationship James has with those he works with and those he is partnered with. The story itself was an easy enough read, not in my opinion one of Crais' best. However, I do feel I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I had an interest in dogs as Crais has written part of the story from the perspective of the dog, and bases much of the emphasis on the relationship between Maggie and James. I would say that even if you are not a fan of dogs, Crais' talent as an author shines through to ensure that the book is enjoyed by anyone who reads it.

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