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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 that 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"--
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316267717
Characteristics: 1 online resource (321 pages)
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ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 16, 2018

Wow! Joe Ide has been compared to Elmore Leonard; there is no higher praise. The writing, the pacing, the dialog combine to create magic. All the characters, their quirky relationships, and the East L.A. neighborhood setting are perfectly imagined and portrayed. Not to mention the pleasure of finding out "who done it" and why.

Jun 01, 2018

Interesting premise and a compelling story. However, I found the time shifting confusing and felt like the book was very slow until the end, where the ending was more of an epilogue than a dramatic end to a "whodunit". Because there were a lot o stories going on simultaneously I also felt like it was hard to keep track who was who. I liked the character of Isaiah, and would consider reading future installments, but I'd prefer a book with a more linear style that had better pacing.

May 23, 2018

I had some trouble following the plot, in part because the chapters jumped back and forth over a decade. But overall, I enjoyed this book. IQ is not your average detective. Instead he's a super smart black kid who has lost his beloved older brother, basically a parent to him. Yes, the book is full of profanity, but that didn't bother me. The author, Joe Ide, is a Japanese American who grew up in South Central LA, thereby getting the street smarts necessary to write this book. I'm looking forward to reading the second installment.

Mar 26, 2018

Kept me turning the pages several nights in a row. A really clever and interesting twist on the "Sherlock Holmes" template.

JCLGreggW Nov 27, 2017

A high-school dropout after the traumatic death of his older brother after a hit-and-run accident, IQ resolves to help people around him with his unique mix of street smarts and inductive reasoning, a Sherlock Holmes for inner-city LA. this was one of those books where I wanted the novel to be longer just so I could spend more time with these characters.

Jun 20, 2017

IQ - the premise - an exceptionally bright young man who is pursuing being a kind of private eye - bit of a stretch. His skills seem comparable to other private investigators. But I would like to see the next book to see if Joe Ide can sharpen his focus of Isaiah Quintabe.

Jun 06, 2017

Great start but then disappointing. I hated the time shifting. IQ is an interesting character, but he is absent during a large part of the book.

Jun 01, 2017

Can't believe I read the whole thang. Couple of weak chuckles only, lots of frustration with weak story, characters & plotting.

May 06, 2017

I hope more books are in the works for this very original detective, Isaiah Quintabe (IQ). He’s from the LA ‘hood. He’s street smart, knows his way around gangs, and yet, incredibly, can use his intelligence and street knowledge to solve crimes. Often done for free for people in the neighborhood, he takes the occasional one for pay. It is necessary to read to the end, in order to fully understand how he is repaying for the guilt he feels in deaths resulting from a gang war.

Apr 03, 2017

To much gutter trash "N" wording for my tastes. This author should be bagging french fries instead of crafting novels.

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