Synopses & Reviews
The explosive new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times
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.
"Expect the expected in this stand-alone crime thriller from Shamus Award-winner Crais (The Two Minute Rule). Maggie, a weapon-detecting German shepherd who was seriously traumatized in Afghanistan after an IED killed her human partner and she was shot by a sniper, is struggling as a new member of the LAPD K-9 Platoon. LAPD officer Scott James who was traumatized after unidentified gunmen killed his partner, Stephanie Anders, and seriously wounded him makes it his mission to get past Maggie's defenses to make her functional again. An attractive female detective assists James after his own return to form enables him to take a more active role in investigating who gunned down Anders. Dog lovers who believe the animals are superior to humans in every way will find this lukewarm tale of redemption inspiring. Fans of Crais's sharp-edged Elvis Cole novels will find less to admire. Author tour. Agent: Aaron Priest, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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....A read-in-one-sitting thriller." Booklist (starred review)
"Robert Crais is hands-down the World's Greatest Crime Fiction Writer, and that's no joke" Huffington Post
"Most crime novel fans have a shortlist of authors they will buy on name recognition alone. If Robert Crais isn't on that list, he should be. His novels get better with every new book." The Oregonian
"Action-packed, deeply touching and sure to be one of the best-written and most original crime novels of the year." Associated Press
"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." The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Robert Crais is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently Taken, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Sentry. He lives in Los Angeles.