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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.
©2016 Joe Ide (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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)
"Author Joe Ide and narrator Sullivan Jones make a phenomenal team. Ide writes a crack debut with charm, wit, and style. Jones delivers it with such ease and perfection that listeners will feel they're living the story instead of listening to it.... Jones will have listeners on the edge of their seats and laughing out loud at the same time. The smart choice is this exemplary audiobook." (AudioFile)
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By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

IQ way better than OK

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.

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By Midwesterner on 11-29-16

Finally! Something new and original ;

... 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.

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