A powerful international organization wants to tip the balance of global power by infiltrating the White House....
When Santa Claus is a cop, you better watch out....
Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman....
FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on the hunt for that most rare of all killers: a female serial....
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals....
All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the King of Manhattan North, a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force"....
Will Robie, a stone-cold hitman, may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career....
Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives - and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare....
Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start....
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well....
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others....
Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. He's an affable Italian with a love of people and life. He's also an ex hit man....
It is an obsession that has haunted Nick Malick for seven years - to avenge the murder of his young son. In his gut Malick knows who did it. But the psychopath is in prison for another crime....
Ella Broden is living a double life. By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city's most grueling cases....
LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode....
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic....
Larkin Conner Barkley lives like the City of Angels is hers for the taking....
When Autumn stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself drawn into their picture-perfect existence....
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.
... 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.
38 of 40 people found this review helpful
First, one of my favorite books of the year. Maybe even the past couple years. I'm pretty sure when I do my year-end top 10, IQ will be on it.
I almost didn't get this book because of the reviews complaining about the language. Well, someone would have to a total prude to be offended by the language. That isn't to say that the language isn't crude at times, but most of the time not. And when the language is crude it is absolutely, totally in character.
Let me say that I loved EVERYTHING about IQ. The plot is a breath of fresh air. Not your usual
whodunnit. I liked IQ's thought process. I also found myself laughing out loud a few times. The writing is crisp and clean. Character-development was rich. Settings were well drawn.
I've never listened to anything read by Sullivan Jones. He was perfect for this book. I saw a couple reviews that said he was bad. What? They must have been smokin' something. Sullivan Jones was spot on.
I hope IQ is first in a series. I'd preorder the next one in a flash.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I didn't like this book until I did. The reader is excellent. But the author filled the book with so much dirty language that the repetition became boring to the point I had difficulty concentrating on the story line. The overall result was I missed the point the author was making, assuming there was one. It's the reader that saves the book.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Sullivan Jones does a wonderful job creating believable characters, and his narration makes the book worth the listen.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
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.
What does Sullivan Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Jones creates the characters with his vocal abilities. Without his narration, the book would be a much more difficult listen.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
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.
Any additional comments?
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.
48 of 52 people found this review helpful
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.
54 of 59 people found this review helpful
Blown away... That's what "IQ" did.
Joe Ide has a different voice from the detective writer's I've enjoyed (or hated). He speaks from inside of a culture as foreign to me as say, street crowds in Kampala, year-round residents of Greenland's Ittoqqortoormiit, or maybe the people who cling to one of the 33 islands of Kiribati.
And Sullivan Jones filters Ide's voice through his own tongue fuzzy with a familiarity with this book's gripping sense of place. Stripped of its atmosphere, IQ's a cool detective story. But I can't strip away the atmosphere. Don't want to. Want more....
Want another novel exploring Isaiah's growth (or worse, his decay) as he explores a place as near to me as a short bike ride (If I'd dare to ride along those particular city streets) yet as distant (and risky) to me as Yemen's capital of Sana’a.
I have never recommended a detective book more strongly.
89 of 98 people found this review helpful
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.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful
I gave up with only 1:55 left, but it became unbearable. The narrator sounded just about as bored as I was, listening to it. I will be returning this book to Audible - I tried and tried and TRIED.
I am not a reader who even minds language, but there was SO MUCH bad language that was so over the top and gratuitous. I began to wonder if the author had any other words in his vocabulary.
I know I'm in the minority in not liking this book..... but I do wish I hadn't wasted 8 or so hours trying and trying to keep giving it a shot, and then when I have less than 2 hours left to so thoroughly NOT CARE about the ending that you throw in the towel..... I wish I would have quit listening a lot earlier.
42 of 46 people found this review helpful
...but it is close. The story idea is good, but the implementation is extremely poor. This one is not for me. I gave up at 5 hours and 30 minutes into the book. I'm aware I'm is a small minority concerning this highly rated novel.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful