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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”

    CNN.com

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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 Shirl | 2/17/2014

    " A great dog story with a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pamela | 2/9/2014

    " Read this book if you love dogs and want to learn more about dogs in combat situations and Crais' description of all the things dogs do for us. Don't read this if you want a fresh thriller; all the elements of the actual plot are pretty tired: crooked cops, an investigator whose bumbling sets off alarms, the abduction of the female cop who believes in our hero, etc. And from the first page you know who the real hero of the final showdown will be. That said, I do love dogs and enjoyed the interaction between Scott, the wounded cop, and Maggie, the wounded dog. What a great dog! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tina | 2/7/2014

    " Awesome story! Absolutely loved it! The bond between injured dog and injured cop was wonderfully developed. They kept my interest throughout the whole story. I would highly recommend this story to those looking for a great mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rochelle Melander | 1/31/2014

    " This was my first Crais novel, and I was worried about chapters narrated by a dog. But I did not need to worry. It was a solid suspense read with good main characters. My only wish: deeper characters. "

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