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 who 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.
©2016 Joe Ide (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"With its street poetics and truer-than-life characters, this beautifully spun first novel is gonna blow through the crime fiction world like a fire hose-blast of fresh air. Joe Ide has that rarest of writerly skills - a wholly unique voice, one that is at once irreverent and compelling, moving and incisive. " (Gregg Hurwitz, author of the New York Times best-selling Orphan X)
"I don't know how fast Joe Ide writes, but from now on he'll have to write faster. Everyone who reads IQ will be clamoring for the next book, and for the one after that. This is one of the most intriguing - and appealing - detective characters to come along in years." (Carl Hiaasen)
"In his debut novel, Ide, a Japanese-American who grew up in the same neighborhood as his mercurial characters, flashes agility with streetwise lingo, facility with local color, and empathy with even the most dissolute of his characters...the roughhousing energy, vivid language, and serrated wit Ide displays throughout this maiden effort make Isiah Quintabe seem a potential rejuvenator of a grand literary tradition. " (Kirkus)
Yes. Interesting, fresh.
I would listen to this again just because I enjoyed the dialogue so much. Gritty and authentic.
Yes, but I also didn't want it to end, so I stretched it out.
It was a little difficult to follow the switches of characters and times. After I got to know the characters, it became easier. The author ties it all together at the end and made me want to go back and listen to it again for what I am sure I missed. It's interestingly complicated and I love books about smart people.
Keep it up. I agree with other reviews that this a great start to a lasting series. reminded me os Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins series with a more up to date version with years of stories to come.
Fun, well written, with excellent narration.
IQ, is a modern hero, brought to life by the creative writing of Joe Ide and amazing narration of Sullivan Jones.
Well worth the credit.
Sullivan Jones does a wonderful job creating believable characters, and his narration makes the book worth the listen.
Several reviewers have complained about the dual plot lines. Reading the book might be easier than listening to it, but then you would miss Jones's narration. What I find least interesting is that the plot lags a great deal with what might be unnecessary parts and then seems to wrap up too quickly with a summary rather than playing out the story through dialog description, and events.
Jones creates the characters with his vocal abilities. Without his narration, the book would be a much more difficult listen.
The book could easily be a movie. Ide creates some fun characters who are brought to life by Jones. It is clear that Ide was much more concerned with character development than with plot, which more or less works in this book.
I do not like to seem critical of any author's work because writing a compelling story is no easy task, so I would emphasize that the book is worth reading or listening to, and I suspect that Ide will produce more mature plots as he develops this series. I hope Jones remains the narrator.
I don’t think this is as Holmes-ish as reviews state, but maybe it is Holmes in the Hood. It's more of a sober, ace detective and part-time vigilante (and Datsun is certainly not Watson), but whatever, I loved it. I do hesitate to recommend it to everyone. If you like off-beat mysteries, a stalwart hero, crazy but loveable secondary characters, plus car chases, pick this book up right away. If you want to try something different I would also recommend highly. The mystery is not the main thing here, it's about character development and sad real life stories. Be ready for flashbacks and Tupac lyrics, both necessary to understand the story. It would be great if this was the start of series. Hat's off to Mr. Jones on narration.
Blown away by the stunning narration of this novel. Like seriously, this absolutely has to win an award. The story itself is new in the world of mysteries and thrillers which is exciting. I would recommend this book to probably just about anybody.
lover of ideas
Brilliant writing and characterization matched by equally brilliant narration. Don't miss this one! For fans of any genre - this is just great entertainment.
An American Midwesterner
... to me anyway. Being a white, middle-aged farm wife in the midwest this was definitely something that was outside my so-called wheelhouse. I really, really enjoyed it and any terms I didn't understand I could figure out solely by the context. It was not a problem for me. ...A very enjoyable book.
It's George Pelecanos's Spero Lucas only younger, smarter, and not quite so tough.
As a white person reading about black people in a neighborhood I've never experienced, I can't judge how realistic the story might be. Throw in the fact that the author is Japanese-American, and you gotta wonder...But it's a good read. That's what matters.
The very BEST part is the narrator. Dialect and accent is 100% believable. Execution is impeccable. In fact, I like him so much, I'll be looking to see what I can scrounge up of his TV/theater work.
The next book is definitely on my short list.
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