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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.

27 of 28 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

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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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are unique twist on an oversaturated genre

this is a murder mystery Mayhem suspense thriller type book. however,its main characters are different than me hard-boiled cop or the struggling lady lawyer. the cases are not the white blonde girl gone missing or a serial killer. the characters are believable and the cases are interesting. I purchase the first one because it was on sale I purchase the second one cuz I really thought it was good

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Nowhere Near As Good As I.Q.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

On the whole, I would not say it was well spent. I bought this because I like the predecessor novel, IQ, so much. IQ was a much more subtle and nuanced book. Its charms were based on more in-depth character descriptions and on the Sherlock Holmes-style approach the protagonist took to his cases. This book was much more of an action-fest - rights, stabbings, shootings, car crashes and so forth. The brainiac aspect that made IQ so good was almost an afterthought here. And most of the characters were just cartoons.

What could Joe Ide have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He would have had to spend a lot more time on the intellectual and character side, and less on the action scenes and set-pieces.

What aspect of Sullivan Jones’s performance would you have changed?

He does fine with the voices of African-American men and, as far as I can tell, Latino men. He tries too hard with women and just sounds like a man pretending to be a woman. And his voicing of the Asians, who are abundant in this book, is distractingly poor. The other irritating thing is that he often noticeably emphasizes the wrong word in sentences.

Do you think Righteous needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I can't say it "needs" one, but the ending of this book clearly sets up a follow-up, and I actually think that would be a good idea. He showed in IQ what he was capable of. In this one he got all bogged down with these Asian and Latino gang-types. He's finally got IQ's back-story taken care of. If he took one more crack at making a story centered on IQ and Dodson, I would give it a try.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful