IQ

IQ

Book - 2016
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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
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316267724
Branch Call Number: IDE J
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 25 cm

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pterry25
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.

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Dreamstime
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.

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srkmeyer
Jun 01, 2017

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

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brangwinn
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.

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CuriosityCounts
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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hearnecsh
Mar 16, 2017

Enjoyable page turner, give us more IQ.

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StarGladiator
Mar 06, 2017

A unique blending of Sherlockian crime detection mixed with down home South Central LA flavor and sprinkled lightly with high humor.
YO! Where's my samitch????????

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TootinMoose
Feb 13, 2017

Good read. Hope the author writes another.

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ladyparasol
Jan 23, 2017

As I type this I hope that the author is writing the second book in a series.

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PearlyBaker
Jan 01, 2017

This novel was what Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 would call faboo. It fascinates me how we so easily label everyone on one side as snowflakes, libtards or social justice warriors while everyone on the other team is racist, red neck, fear mongering, paranoid, delusional, gullible, ignorant, knuckle dragging, conspiracy theorist, Repubnican, extremist, Teabagger, Teatard, Republitard, Rethuglican, xenophobic, misgoynist. Anyone who has lived or worked in South Central or places like this racially diverse and oppressed area know that in reality life is way more nuanced and layered. I thought for sure this was a brother writing and that I'd stumbled onto the next Colson Whitehead. When I found out Joe Ide is Japanese American albeit from South Central, I was shocked. It just goes to show you never can tell and we really are all the same underneath all the labels and stereotypes. We're just barely tamed animals who tend to weaponize every advance in technology.

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