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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Crais Narrator: MacLeod Andrews Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Suspect will keep you on your toes throughout the whole story line. This thriller is packed with surprising twists that makes it among the best of modern crime fiction.

LAPD's Scott James is one of the easy-going guys on the force, until he and his partner Stephanie stumble upon a violent incident, and she doesn't make it out alive. The experience changes Scott from a likeable guy into an angry, unpredictable person; a bad combination for a cop.

Scott is assigned a new partner who has seen her bad days too. Three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have scarred her emotionally after watching her own partner die from an explosive. The new partner, Maggie, is a highly trained German Shepherd and they find they understand each other.

As Scott and Maggie start on the quest to find Stephanie's killer, they find things they didn't expect, not only about the case but about themselves as well. The road is a long and arduous journey, both emotionally and physically. The story is full of twists and turns and nothing turns out as expected.

Author Robert Crais started his writing career in the television business, and branched out into novels with his well-known series featuring character Elvis Cole, a Los Angeles private investigator. He has had many offers to make the series into a movie or television show, but he has chosen to keep these books in print and audio form only. Hostage, published in 2001, was the only book adapted for a movie which starred Bruce Willis. Crais continues to focus on writing psychological thrillers that involve men and women of the police department.

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking nighttime 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, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Although Scott is a good guy who brings high-grade skills to his detective work, it’s Maggie who holds us captive, enthralled by Crais’ perceptive depiction of her amazing capacities.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An intense, fast-paced, and thrilling page turner.”


  • “Action-packed, deeply touching, and sure to be one of the best-written and most original crime novels of the year.”

    Associated Press

  • “An emotional masterpiece. Suspect is without a doubt Crais’ best novel to date.”

    Author magazine

  • “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…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.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[A] stand-alone crime thriller…[and] tale of redemption.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A pleasingly perplexing storyline fresh from the headlines. The heroine of the piece is Maggie, a three-year-old German shepherd on her second deployment as a patrol and bomb-sniffing dog…The story takes in vast swaths of Los Angeles in all its multicultural glory, with baddies in the drug and diamond and policing businesses alike. And it's oddly affecting, with Crais ably capturing the bond between humans and canines without veering into sentimentality. A solid, muscular thriller, well spun.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “There’s no doubt that this is one of Crais’ best. Teamed with MacLeod Andrews’ narration, it will bring tears to listeners’ eyes…Andrews’ sensitive reading makes you want to finish the book in one listen. His accents are great, and his pacing is deliberate. Do dogs dream and have feelings? Crais believes they do. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Thriller/Suspense Narration
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee for Mystery & Thriller
  • A 2014 Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Finalist for the 2014 Anthony Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Will | 2/17/2014

    " If you have ANY affection for dogs at all, "Maggie" will capture your heart. Battered, bruised, and suffering from canine PTSD after serving as a Marine in Afghanistan, Maggie comes home after being badly injured and is recruited into the LAPD. Teamed with her human partner, Scott - who has issues of his own - the two of them meet, bond, and eventually trust each other with their lives. The chapters written in Maggie's POV are priceless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynne Patti | 2/9/2014

    " Wonderful story, well written and for anyone who loves dogs...you'll love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina Simons | 2/1/2014

    " Dog suffering from PTSD. Man suffering from PTSD. It's a good mystery AND a good "love" story about a police officer who feels as though he was responsible for his partner/girlfriend's death, and a military-trained German Shepherd who lost her partner in Afghanistan after valiantly trying to save him. I love Crais's series about Elvis and Joe--but I'm kind of hoping he goes on with this one, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cammie Hauptfuhrer | 1/31/2014

    " Good fast pace. The dog, Maggy, was endearing. "

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