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"A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he's forced to take on clients that can pay. This time, it's a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2016
ISBN: 9780316267724
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 15, 2019

A good read.

Jun 02, 2019

Hero…avenger…righter of wrongs…takes no BS from anyone, least of all neighborhood bullies or taunting thugs – Isiah Quintabe is a young modern urban noir detective hero. On his own, IQ, has developed his skills as a sharp eyed, hyper-observant, quick witted young man. In his everyday life, has the same concerns as the rest of us have had - high school grades, girls, friends, how to turn a buck to make rent, etc.

The author opens with quick views into who IQ is to his neighborhood. This is done through IQ reading his emails which are all requests for help with a variety of problems from lost daughters to retribution/revenge for the murder of a family member. He feels a deep connection and responsibility to the people in his neighborhood. How IQ approaches the situations and resolves them is fresh, clever, and unexpected.

As the author tosses out subtle cues to characters, he weaves together back story and current story lines, no fat or waste in this meaty story line. Isiah Quintabe is a quiet local hero who protects the defenseless using wit and unexpected weapons to achieve positive outcomes. IQ is not your same old, tired detective tale.

You’re there in the moment with the main character through the reader, Sullivan Jones. He brings an intimate tone with his voice and has a variety in his vocalization range which helps differentiate among characters from a concerned grandma hoping to recover stolen wedding gifts to street toughs.

This is a well told tale. The author sculpts great descriptions of place and characters from their physical traits to their personality. He tells each main character’s experiences which shaped the person they are at the crux of the main story line. All the loose end are neatly tied up by the end. It leaves this listener looking for the next offerings – Righteous and Wrecked.

AuntJane Apr 23, 2019

Read this as part of a Mystery book group - it lead to a great discussion! Interesting sleuth and good story. We all agree we would continue reading the series. Try it!

Mar 20, 2019

I found this book to be a quick, pleasant read about the nascent career of IQ, a brilliant detective in the mold of Sherlock Holmes. This Sherlockian detective is a young black man; his London is the mean streets of Southern California.

The writing is breezy and rings true. The story jumps back and forth between the beginnings of detection to the present day's case. But each jump is a chapter unto its own and is clearly dated. Action is plentiful and not always violent as IQ's ancillary characters are introduced bit by bit. I'm glad I just discovered this author as I now have 2 others on back order.

Mar 03, 2019

No wonder this new writer won a number of award for his premier book -- its a true winner. Isiah is an unexpected detective living in a tough neighborhood of LA. You will learn about his past and how it shaped him into the investigator he is today. Great characters and you will keep wanting to read this all night to the end or at least unto 1:30 or so. Loved it and can't wait for the next book. A new Stephanie Plum.

ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 16, 2018

Wow! Joe Ide has been compared to Elmore Leonard; there is no higher praise. The writing, the pacing, the dialog combine to create magic. All the characters, their quirky relationships, and the East L.A. neighborhood setting are perfectly imagined and portrayed. Not to mention the pleasure of finding out "who done it" and why.

Jun 01, 2018

Interesting premise and a compelling story. However, I found the time shifting confusing and felt like the book was very slow until the end, where the ending was more of an epilogue than a dramatic end to a "whodunit". Because there were a lot o stories going on simultaneously I also felt like it was hard to keep track who was who. I liked the character of Isaiah, and would consider reading future installments, but I'd prefer a book with a more linear style that had better pacing.

May 23, 2018

I had some trouble following the plot, in part because the chapters jumped back and forth over a decade. But overall, I enjoyed this book. IQ is not your average detective. Instead he's a super smart black kid who has lost his beloved older brother, basically a parent to him. Yes, the book is full of profanity, but that didn't bother me. The author, Joe Ide, is a Japanese American who grew up in South Central LA, thereby getting the street smarts necessary to write this book. I'm looking forward to reading the second installment.

Mar 26, 2018

Kept me turning the pages several nights in a row. A clever, fast-paced, and contemporary twist on the "Sherlock Holmes" template.

JCLGreggW Nov 27, 2017

A high-school dropout after the traumatic death of his older brother after a hit-and-run accident, IQ resolves to help people around him with his unique mix of street smarts and inductive reasoning, a Sherlock Holmes for inner-city LA. this was one of those books where I wanted the novel to be longer just so I could spend more time with these characters.

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