• by Joe Ide
  • Narrated by Sullivan Jones
  • Series: IQ
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

good listen good narration

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.
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- Sassy863

What A Voice! A Must Listen!!!

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.
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- Ted

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio