Suspect by Robert Crais
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I’ve seen Robert Crais on numerous lists of must reads, but Suspect is the first book of his that I have read. It was recommended to me by my principal. She knows I like police shows and she thought I would also be interested because of Maggie, Scott’s K-9 partner.
Both Maggie and Scott survive horrific events and suffer from PTSD. The story of their recovering is amazing.
We meet Maggie first while she is serving in Afghanistan. For a military wife (albeit a retired one) the prologue is not an easy read, but it gives the reader an important insight into what makes Maggie, Maggie. We meet Scott on the eve of embarking on a career with the SWAT Team. Crais paints a thrilling story about how things can change in a heartbeat.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is engaging, with well developed characters. I especially enjoyed the way Crais developed the relationship between Scott and Maggie. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys police stories (fans of Law and Order, Hawaii 5-O, or any one who remembers NYPD Blue will enjoy this book), dogs, and seeing the good guys win.
I would love to read more about Maggie and Scott. I don’t know if this will be a series, but if it is to become a series, it is one that will be on my must read list.