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Publisher's Summary

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, OAPs are getting hoodwinked, children are missing. But word has spread: if you've got a case the police can't or won't touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.

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 tyres or some homemade muffins. But now he needs a client who can pay. And the only way to that client is through a jive-talking low-life drug dealer he thought he'd left behind. Then there's the case itself. A drug-addled rap star surrounded by a crew of flunkies who believes his life is in danger, a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic, and a monster killer dog. If he solves this case, IQ can put right a mistake he made long ago. If he doesn't, it won't just be the hit man coming after him....

©2017 Joe Ide (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Ide successfully makes his detective's brilliance plausible in this gripping and moving debut." ( Publishers Weekly)

"One of the most original thrillers of the year.... [A] sometimes scary, often whimsical, off-the-wall delight.... It's a mad world that late-blooming Joe Ide has brought forth from his past, a spicy mix of urban horror, youthful striving and show-business absurdity. His IQ is an original and welcome creation." (Patrick Anderson, Washington Post)

"Wonderfully quirky.... Exhilarating language and [an] oddball cast.... A total laff-riot." (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)

"Joe Ide. Remember that name.... Mystery aficionados will remember it as the breakout debut of a major new voice in the suspense genre." ( BookPage)

"A few things I love about this...[IQ is] rooted in his community in a way that his inspiration never was...IQ is a small story in the way the best of Conan Doyle's were.... It's a detective story that plays out very close to home, on the streets and corners that Ide (who grew up in South Central) knows best. And Isaiah fits into those streets like they were made for him. A consulting detective for a time and a place that needs one." (Jason Sheehan, NPR)

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IQ the review I don’t usually do.

My audible is large and varied with many excellent titles but I’m not a writer myself, so when it comes to reviews I stick with the star variety. IQ by Joe Ide is not the best book I’ve ever read/listened to but it’s one of the most enjoyable and that counts. Isaiah Quintabe comes into solving crime almost by misfortune. He’s left to bring himself up from an early age after the death of his older brother. Eventually he’s thrown into an unlikely somewhat disastrous, friendship/partnership with Dodson, a sidekick who often proves to be more trouble than he’s worth. Together they are employed to save a failing rap star from his would be assassins, who can’t seem to get the job done. The plot is thick, the laughs are many, there are even giant pit bulls. Oh did I say the narration by Sullivan Jones is SUPERB probably 105 stars. It doesn’t get much better. Nor do my reviews. I’ll stick to stars.

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Great Story! Great Narrator!

Amazingly well narrated story! Isaiah Quintabe is an intriguing new detective for a new generation. Can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

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Breath of fresh air

Great on all fronts. Story was tightly written, characters interesting, and for the majority well fleshed out. Performance was great, and hopefully in time, more titles will come up when I search under Sullivan Jones. 5/5 for author and narrator.

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Good book! Fantastic reader!!

I could really see all the characters in front of me. Sullivan Jones is a performer!! An artist! Recommended warmheartedly!

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  • 03-16-18

Original and compulsive

An original and compulsive listen. I found it very difficult to stop listening and finished it in a couple of sessions. Defies genre classification. I rarely give five stars but this deserves each one. Looking for the next book by Joe Ide

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  • tules
  • 09-26-17

Sherlock Holmes from the wrong side of the tracks

Loved this. It took me into a world on the edge of LA gang life through a character with heart and intelligence. Its tragic and occasionally funny with a who-done-it at the centre. The narrator is also fantastic, getting the voices and the tone just right. Highly recommended.

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  • O. Fowler
  • 05-12-18

Sherlock with grit

Isaiah Quintabe is my new hero - razor sharp intellect and social conscience. This is a PI story with a difference, set against a backdrop of street gangs, crime and hip-hop. The reader is excellent. This is the first in a series and I’m going on to the second one straight away.

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  • Ty
  • 08-16-19

Good Read

Excellent story and very funny in parts. Held my interest and was believable. Liked the I.Q character very much.

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  • C. King
  • 01-27-19

Great story, great voice

The narrator is amazingly good at giving you a sense of the characters through slight inflections and nuances in his voice. The story of a "Young Sherlock from the Hood" is a new one on me and works surprisingly well, avoiding both cliche and a patronising tone with ease. The story itself is engrossing, dark, amusing and uplifting in equal measure and there is a satisfying conclusion that leaves a few threads dangling for the next installment, without a feeling of anti climax. Recommended.

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  • Ryan E
  • 01-02-19

Really very good

Took a little time to get into. Really fantastic when you stick with it though. It's a genius modernisation of the classic detective novel tropes and themes.

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  • Carôle
  • 01-21-21

Promising, but not my style.

This is a really great concept and is really promising. But, it’s really not my genre. The narration was spot on, and you really got the feeling that you were in the ‘hood, but I couldn’t relate to it at all. I think that it was because of the language. Totally authentic, but totally not me. Clever dialogue, and situations, twisting plot and character development. It wouldn’t be the same without the language, but unfortunately, I can’t tolerate that...

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  • Andrew Gifford
  • 09-01-20

Great characters & story, brilliantly read

Delivers everything promised on the introduction. Story captivating with a hero that the reader can really understand. Will be downloading the whole series. Special note for narrator, who is simply fantastic.

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  • Stringers
  • 06-11-20

Clever and vibrant

IQ's world comes vibrantly to life with fantastic narration giving depth and warmth to a brilliantly written novel. This was the first novel by Joe Ide that I have listened to or read and the others in the IQ series will be downloaded shortly. If you enjoy characters with depth and cleverly written backgrounds while narrated in a way that makes the hours melt away, this is the book for you.

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  • 05-11-20

Fun crime thriller

Interesting protagonist and villain. Great writing, read beautifully. Funny and lively side characters. People have said IQ is like Sherlock Holmes but the writing is pure American Crime. It’s a lot of fun.

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  • 09-06-18

Absorbing plot with interesting characters

IQ is an unusual private detective with an unusual accomplice. The plot develops nicely with flashbacks to IQ's early days. Spoiled a little by the pat ending but generally absorbing and excellently narrated by Sullivan Jones.

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  • 09-15-17

A busy plot

I enjoyed the book but found it hard to sort out all the characters sometimes as it jumped from one to another