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Struggling to reclaim his career after the devastating murder of his partner eight months earlier, LAPD cop Scott James 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, c2013
ISBN: 9780399161483
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CRA
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 04, 2020

The ending is weak. Otherwise a good read.

May 04, 2020

I have typed this title in THREE times. I needed to set up a password. But, any previous info was not held. Type the title again. I am set up to get this book. However, nothing from the site lets me know when. Nothing lets me know how I will be notified. I do see plenty of notice about GBL being closed.

Mar 01, 2019

Not his usual fare but enjoyable. It is not very often you get to read a book that has a dog talking to you in the first person. Sort of an LA Modern Watership Down. Help let you know how much we owe to our canine friends. It is often said that without the horse and the dog to help us mankind would never have advanced to the modern ages. They get credit only not the blame.

Nov 24, 2018

Easy read. If you love dogs you will enjoy it even more.

Sep 23, 2018

good fast read. fun to read Maggie the dog's point of view!

Jul 04, 2018

Great read. Good plot. Absolutely loved the dog's perspective. Will be looking for more books by this author.

Jan 12, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and intend reading all of Mr. Crais's books which should take care of my reading through 2016! *****

Jan 05, 2016

Very good book, holds your interest, love the dog Maggie and getting her input on her situation was special.

Oct 19, 2015

Fun read, entertaining, and quite emotional

Sep 29, 2015

This book wasn't as good as I had hoped. The plot of a wounded cop and service dog healing together was appealing to me. But it was just average and not much depth. It didn't grab me and pull me in.

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Jul 26, 2013

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.

DanniOcean Mar 25, 2013

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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