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From Booklist *Starred Review* 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. Maggie is a German shepherd trying out for the LAPD?s K-9 unit, but it looks like she isn?t going to make it. A former military dog, Maggie survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan but was severely wounded (her handler was killed) and now suffers from the canine version of PTSD. LAPD cop Scott James, shot during an altercation in which his partner was killed, also suffers from PTSD and has been assigned to the K-9 unit, but it doesn?t look he?s going to make it, either. Scott and Maggie immediately bond, but the hard-nosed sergeant who heads the unit doubts whether either one can measure up. Man and dog think otherwise, however, and as Scott continues?off the books?to investigate the shooting that cost his partner her life, he finds that Maggie has his back, just as his partner did. Taking a break from his critically acclaimed Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series, Crais launches what looks like a stand-alone, but anyone who reads 20 pages of this gripping and heartrending thriller will devoutly pray that it?s the beginning of a new series. As Scott digs deeper into the death of his partner, he stumbles on a massive cover-up. That story is thoroughly involving and skillfully presented, but, frankly, it?s hard for the reader to think of anything but Maggie. 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Crais has hit the New York Times best-seller list eight times, with Taken making it to number one. The track record will jump-start this one, but the book itself will do the rest. --Bill Ott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more Review '[A] heart-tugging novel...Maggie...holds us captive, enthralled by Crais's perceptive depiction of her amazing capacities.'--'The New York Times Book Review' 'An intense, fast-paced, and thrilling page turner.'--CNN.com 'A read-in-one-sitting thriller.' --'Booklist '(starred review) 'An emotional masterpiece. 'Suspect 'is without a doubt Crais's best novel to date.' --'Author 'magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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