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Publisher's Summary

In this hotly anticipated follow-up to the smash hit IQ, a New York Times Critics' Best of the Year and nominee for the Best First Novel Edgar Award, Isaiah uncovers a secret behind the death of his brother, Marcus.

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

A case takes him and his volatile, dubious sidekick, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsters and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a DJ and her screwball boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn't find the two first, they'll be murdered. Awaiting the outcome is the love of IQ's life: fail, and he'll lose her. Isaiah's quest is fraught with treachery, menace, and startling twists, and it will lead him to the mastermind behind his brother's death, Isaiah's own sinister Moriarty.

With even more action, suspense, and mind-bending mysteries than Isaiah's first adventures, Righteous is a rollicking, ingenious thrill ride.

©2017 Joe Ide (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The game's afoot once again for 20-something genius sleuth Isaiah Quintabe.... [Ide] keeps your head in the game throughout with his witty style and edgy storytelling, both of which show greater assurance than in his first novel - and even bigger potential for the future. A thrilling follow-up to one of the more auspicious detective-series debuts in recent memory." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Joe Ide is the best new discovery I've come across in a long time. And Isaiah Quintabe is the kind of sleuth not seen on the mystery landscape before. Righteous is a riveting follow up to IQ." (Michael Connelly, author of The Late Show)

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Joe Ide can write!

This is the second in Joe Ide’s excellent character driven series featuring the young genius Isaiah Quinte (spelling? Dunno), AKA IQ. Still haunted by the unsolved murder of his beloved older brother, who was his mentor and moral compass in a rough world, Isaiah has become a minor neighborhood celebrity, solving large and small problems as they arise. Sullivan voices the thoughts of IQ with the deliberate calm of a young Denzel Washington, and delivers a wide range of voices (male, female, several dialects and crystal-clear personalities) brilliantly - I don’t think I’ve heard a better reading. The story moves along at a jaunty clip, featuring eccentric, fully fleshed-out characters and great dialogue along the way. Excellent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This is a good story w/a fantastic natrator

You don't need to listen to the 1st one but treat yourself and start there.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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WOW!!! A great ride!

Loved IQ, and this was every bit as captivating. The characters, the plot, the fantastic writing style, and the narration are all as good as it gets. Joe, please write lots more!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

As gripping as the first book; vibrant characters and intelligent plot. Read the books in order.

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  • RAMON
  • Gray, TN, United States
  • 10-29-17

Creative story will performed

This is a very original series protagonist is an unusual detective. He’s a Robin Hood of the hood the stories are very original and keep you guessing. Highly recommended

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great story, even better narration

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as well as the prequel, and the narrator for both books is my absolute favorite. His performance of all the different accents is really good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love the IQ books and the narrator is fabulous.

I am in love with Ide’s IQ books. And I am so glad to listen to them. The reader makes each character come alive with their own personality. These mysteries do fit a certain niche: the listener must be comfortable with LA gang talk, LA characters, and the humor and life of the African-American, Latino and Asian populations who live on the edge of Southern California culture. IQ is a complex and likable protagonist as are his friends. And Ruffin the dog is a love. More! More!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great narrator!

So impressed with the voice work, just fantastic. So much range and depth. I’d listen to him read a menu.

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Doesn't Disappoint

Book 2 in the IQ series is just as good if not better than the first, which I loved. Sullivan Jones does a fantastic job brining all the characters to life. One of the best narrators I've heard and I listen to A LOT of audio books.

Great from beginning to end. Joe, hurry up with the next one please!!!

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A bit more fragmented than the first one.

But I'll still wait for the next one. the time shift thing would have been less confusing if the editors would have inserted a seconds pause in the narration for scene changes. In one sentence our hero is sitting in Las Vegas and ( it seems ) in the very next sentence he's in an LA junkyard.
And Isaiah it wasn't as likeable to me in this one.

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