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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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 8 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 18, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,257 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#12 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#24 in World Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#47 in Cultural Heritage Fiction
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It was really enjoyable to see a character who, while born with natural intelligence, had to chose whether to use it ethically (and ultimately chose correctly) and had to train himself in the Sherlock Holmes-like skills he has when we first meet him. That’s so much more interesting than someone whose abilities are just assumed and whose choices and motives we never see. Isaiah’s a self-contained, confident character—or at least the present-day Isaiah is. When he knows he's doing the right thing Isaiah is fearless, no matter who he's facing, but he wasn't always like that. Mr. Ide does a great job of filling in Isaiah's background in flashbacks while not detracting from his current case, so that we see how Isaiah made himself into the admirable character he's become. Anti-heroes don’t appeal to me, but it was clear that Isaiah had made himself into a good man, so reading about the detours in his young life was a lot less nerve-wracking than it might otherwise have been.
I've read some books in the detective genre in which the bad guys are such vile, depraved monsters that I've thought, "I'd be embarrassed to even conceive of someone like that, much less confess it publicly by writing it down," but IQ isn't one of those stories. The bad guys are creeps, it's true, but they're not sickos that make you feel dirty just reading about them. Mr. Ide has created a perfectly plausible and realistic world, and yet there's a hopeful, benevolent sense of life underlying it all, and that, along with the character of Isaiah himself, made it a real pleasure to read.
The way Mr. Ide wrapped up the story, with justice (unconventional justice in some ways) all around, was very satisfying, and I sincerely hope that he's at this very moment working on the first of many sequels.
IQ is Isaiah Quintabe. He lives in East Long Beach, California, in a crime-ridden neighborhood where Latino and African-American gangs are often at war. Though he dropped out of high school, he is anything but ignorant. With “near-genius” intelligence, a voracious taste for reading, and an extraordinary ability to apply inductive reasoning to any problem facing him, IQ is a latter-day Sherlock Holmes. He’s “the low-key brother who was so smart people said he was scary.” An unlicensed inner-city crimesolver, he devotes himself almost exclusively to investigating crimes, usually for no payment more than a chicken or a plate of food. He supports himself through a series of menial and generally low-skill jobs. Because of an article in a local online hip-hop newsletter, his reputation has spread throughout the region. He receives numerous requests for help on a daily basis, but he takes only those he finds worthy and “where the police could not or would not get involved.”
The action in IQ takes place in 2005, explaining Isaiah’s backstory, and in 2013, when circumstances force him to take on a case for a wealthy rap star whose life has been threatened. Scenes from each of the two periods alternate throughout the book. Gradually, we learn how Isaiah, still in high school, lost the older brother who had raised him — and then devoted his life to finding the man who’d killed him. Much later, because he’s broke, IQ is drawn into investigating the curious circumstances surrounding the threat to the rap star’s life.
Both the circumstances portrayed in the story, and the methodical way in which Isaiah pursues his investigations, are fascinating. I can only hope that IQ will reappear in future novels as well.
The author, Joe Ide, is neither African-American nor Latino. He is, in fact, Japanese-American. As he explained in an interview with Publishers Weekly, “I was a burned-out screenwriter. I had to make a living and writing a book seemed like the logical thing to do. As a kid, my favorite books were the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I was fascinated with the character. Like me, he was an introvert who didn’t fit in, but unlike me, he defeated his enemies and controlled his world, and he did it with only the power of his intelligence. I was a small kid in a big neighborhood, and that idea affected me deeply. When contemplating the book, a Sherlockian character was the only thing that occurred to me. I grew up in South Central L.A., so the inner city was comfortable terrain and Sherlock in the hood was born.”
When I first started it, I found it a little hard to follow. The author goes back and forth in time, with the present and the backstory. For some reason, it didn't seem like a smooth transition between timelines, and I had a hard time following it. Fortunately after a few chapters, it seemed to go more smoothly, or I just got used to the abrupt changes. I would settle down and get into the story, then boom, I was into the other timeline. Instead of being annoying though, I found myself reading and reading, I had to keep going so I could know what was going to happen next, in each timeline.
I really liked the main character, I even got to like his sidekick. The sidekick is frustrating, still not sure how trustworthy he is, but the main character is so different from any character I grew to love from all the books I read.
I read a lot of books, three to four a week, and it is something for me to feel as if I am reading something very different from all the other books I read. This book is different, and this book is well worth the read. Give it a try, be patient at first, I think you will enjoy it.
I don't review all the books I read, I try to review debut authors if I like the book, or review something that touches me in a special way. This is the debut by this author, I hope he is busy writing his next one!
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The rapper in question is Black the Knife (aka Cal) and he hires Isaiah Quintabe to find the person who is allegedly trying to kill him. IQ goes to Cal's mansion and is confronted by this huge black rapper, his personal assistant, and his two bodyguards (the Moody brothers, Bug and Charles). I have to say that the verbal exchanges between these guys was a joy to behold, and often had me in fits of laughter.
All in all, this was a well-written book, with a story that was nicely executed by the author. Unlike many books I've read lately, this one was brought to a satisfying conclusion. This really is a cracking, original novel and I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the next one in the series - Righteous. If you want something different, something quirky, fast-paced, violent, yet peppered with very funny moments, then don't hesitate to add Joe Ide's IQ to the top of your shopping list. Highly recommended reading.
It's quite difficult to cite examples of why I loved this book without giving spoilers so you'll just have to trust me when I say that this is great. The level of detail on elements ranging from weaponry to dog breeding is impressive and carries the plot along. IQ's version of profiting from burglary is utterly brilliant in answering the question "How would a really smart person, with no criminal connections, embark on a deliberate life of crime?".
One, tiny, part of this book had me jumping up and down with glee. Having grown up on stories of how Sherlock Holmes solved crimes through 'deduction', I learned, some years ago, that SH rarely used 'deduction' at all and, actually, used 'induction', and I've been boring people ever since explaining the difference. So I was thrilled to find a passage in this book that explains exactly the same thing; an American book getting English grammar more properly expressed than English books!
The story is already set up for a sequel; 'Righteous', and I can't wait. I loved this book and wish Joe Ide more power to his pen.
There are two strands to the plot, set seven years apart in the life of the main character "IQ". Isaiah is from a humble background but has outstanding academic potential and principles instilled by his elder brother Marcus. His world is turned upside down when Marcus is killed by a hit and run driver.
That the author is a fan of Sherlock Holmes is clear from the way that he portrays IQ developing a reputation in his neighbourhood, the bad streets of LA, for solving mysteries. The hero's observation and reasoning powers are illustrated vividly by the author in a way that should delight Conan Doyle fans.
But, whereas Holmes is a man at home on the streets of London, IQ is a boy from the streets of LA. The street language used in the dialogue (particularly in the rapping pieces) contrasts sharply with the author's clear narrative style and adds hugely to the enjoyment of the book.
IQ graduates from committing to solving crimes to make ends meet, including the financial commitments from looking after Flaco, who was orphaned and permanently injured in a caper initiated by Dodson, IQ's ne'er-do-well sidekick, Dodson.
No doubt these characters will return in Joe Ide's follow-up book. I'm already looking forward to IQ deploying his powers on the trail of Marcus's killer.
So, who is IQ? He is Isiah Quintabe, he didn't finish school, he has not always been innocent, he is trying to make amends for his past and he has an intellectual mind. He is similar in style to Holmes in the way he thinks. He quietly watches, observes reactions and body language and notices the small details. He is a character who I really like and I cannot wait to see where the author takes him next.
IQ has built himself a reputation for solving things. People come to him when they want things or people finding. They pay what he can afford and this is not always in money. Money, however, is what he needs so it means working with someone from his past.
The case is one of a rapper who is has been attacked and will now no longer leave his house. His management needs him in the studio but he will not leave. This is a case that is a mystery. Who has the most to gain by the rapper's demise, who is the attacker and who else is involved? The rapper himself is not someone who I immediately took to but I did feel for him as he starts to spiral.
IQ has a style of his own, he is methodical, cautious and will not be pushed into making or making decisions that are not right. He does have a moral compass that keeps him on the straight and narrow, though this has not always been the case.
The author has created a story with quite a lot that goes on in it. There are details from IQ's past as well as what is going on with the current case as well as details about the rapper and what makes him tick. The story has a steady pace, I didn't feel it was too fast or rushed but it also had a slightly slower more methodical feel about it, and for me, this really suited the style of story.
IQ is a crime mystery book and is the first in the series. I found it very addictive with some great characters and a wonderfully described setting. I would definitely recommend this to readers who like a more sleuthing style of mystery read.
His need for money leads him to take a job working for an obnoxious but very wealthy rap star. As he carries out the investigation into who’s trying to kill his employer, we also discover how he turned his life around after an unpromising start. We learn that the way he lives is his way of making amends for a misspent youth.
As others have commented he is a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Easy Rawlins. To succeed he not only has to outwit the assassin – not quite a Moriarty, but a complex and worthy foe – but also his ‘friend’ Dodson and the entourage hanging around his employer.
A satisfying read and I look forward to the next one.