In Suspect, writer Robert Crais gives us a tantalizing mystery to solve and a parallel story of the salvation of two wounded veterans, one a police officer who has witnessed the death of his partner and the other an Army canine who lost her handler in Afghanistan.
Scott James, LAPD officer, returns to duty from disability leave after sustaining horrific injuries when he and his partner were attacked as they witnessed a bloody street assassination. James, suffering from his inability to save his partner, decides to apply for the K-9 corps, believing that he will be better off if he never has to worry about losing a human partner again.
Maggie, a German Shepard, is also recovering from the loss of her partner in a war-time battle. Both James and Maggie are frightened of becoming a team member again, and the slow advances they make toward forming a new alliance contribute greatly to the appeal of the book.
Crais traces the gradual building of the relationship of trust between Maggie and James as they take on the task of solving the slaying of Stephanie Anders, James' dead partner. The mystery is intriguing, but it is the dog and human connection that elevates this book to a must read for all who appreciate the special bond and healing that our canine friends provide.
Recommended by Carol Brannock