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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.
©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)
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By W. Brooks on 04-27-17

Original and Outstanding

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.

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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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