Crais, Robert

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Struggling to reclaim his career after the devastating murder of his partner eight months earlier, LAPD cop Max Kent is teamed with a traumatized military canine named Maggie who assists Max in an effort to track down his late partner's killer.

Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, [2013]
ISBN: 0399161481
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,24 cm


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Dec 16, 2014
  • Dreamstime rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting story about mutual healing and attachment between two broken characters. Enjoyed the shifting perspectives. The plot primarily provides the background for the transformative effect that Scott and Maggie have on each other.

Dec 02, 2014
  • Mothercat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

New author for me, really enjoyed this book so will look for more by him. Good tight writing, believable and pace didn't flag. Finished it in a day, made me want to keep reading.

Sep 05, 2014
  • Zoelexi777 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

First time reading this author and I absolutely loved it. The connection shown between Scott and Maggie was wonderful. Great story. I will be reading more of his books.

Jun 24, 2014
  • rp3276 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great read. The story of a K9 Dog and its handlers and a story of a handler. I have not had the dogs perspective since the CALL OF THE WILD.

Apr 17, 2014
  • hjandmg rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I too, was sorry when this book ended. The interaction between dog and handler is brilliant and doubt it can be surpassed

Mar 20, 2014
  • Gary Geiserman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

No one better in this genre. The dog research pure gravy.

Jan 24, 2014
  • delfina5976 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book - wonderful development of both Scott and Maggie and 'entering' her mind and thoughts. Remarkable work -- Elvis and Joe fans, they will be back soon -- with Scott and Maggie in RC's next book this summer (I heard it from the author himself!!) Kudos to Crais for selection as one of the best mystery writers of all time - hooray - you belong in the pantheon. Alas, will Elvis and Lucy ever be reunited? Will Joe ever remove his glasses again - for love?

Jan 22, 2014
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very good book. Not to be missed.

Oct 25, 2013
  • vi2856 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

first time reading Robert Crais.
very enjoyable felt like cuddling
the dog.
Will certainly read more of his books

Sep 17, 2013
  • 3dblus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The story plot is mundane, but the interaction between handler and dog make this book a must read!

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Jul 26, 2013
  • Merner01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the book. 1st Crais book I've read. I'll pick up more. Good summer read. Finished while sitting on a beach in Kennebunkport. Recommend highly.

Mar 25, 2013
  • DanniOcean rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In Robert Crais’ new book there are two heroes, one human and one canine. Scott is a member of the LAPD suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after he was shot and his partner Stephanie was killed on the job. He startles at loud noises, is on painkillers for his wounds, and has the same nightmare over and over – Stephanie calling out, Scotty, don’t leave me! Six months later the nightmares persist and the investigation into her murder has gone nowhere.

Maggie is a Marine, and a German shepherd. She is trained to sniff out bombs in Afghanistan. Her world is her crate and a green ball, and her pack is her handler Paul. But while they are on patrol, Paul is fatally wounded and Maggie is shot as she tries to protect him. Now she suffers from PTSD too, and has no crate, no ball and no one.

Still hurting from his wounds, Scott applies to the LAPD K-9 unit and despite not being a dog person, he is drawn to a German shepherd who watches but never engages. Despite misgivings about both the officer and the dog, the K-9 unit leader, Leland, pairs them up and very slowly Scott and Maggie get to know each other. Just as slowly, the investigation starts to pick up, but it is when Scott and Maggie hit a brick wall that the thriller really kicks in.

Crais switches perspectives from Scott to Maggie to tell his tale – although he very consciously keeps Maggie’s voice canine (there is no anthropomorphism here, and the story is the better for it). The chapters are short, succinct, and as the story develops, more perspectives are added and the pace picks up to racing speed, giving the story more depth. Although I picked it up for the mystery, the police procedural eventually took a back seat to watching how two wounded souls begin to trust, love and heal each other. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a new series from Robert Crais.


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