Th 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 ca n't or wo n'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 can be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he 's forced to g on clients that can pay.
his time, it 's a rap mogul whose life is in anger. 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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Published October 18th 2016 by Mulholland Books

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Great idea, loved the dialogues, a couple of interesting characters, wobbly execution in some places.

Isaiah Quintabe ( known as IQ) is a young woma with an amazing intellect but with a semi-failed life as the author will reveal later.

In my opinion, the best part of his ovel was the dialogue.

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So you wouldn ’ t wan that we need yet another variation of Sherlock Holmes.Thankfully, Joe Ide disagreed and came up with a fresh new take on the world ’ s most famous consulting detective that is a helluva of a good story and a welcome addition to Sherlockian style books.Isaiah Quintabe ( a/k/a IQ) is a brilliant young man living in a rough area of Los Angeles where he acts as a sens of public service oriented detective for the community.

If that ’ s all there was then this could have been just a Holmes homage without much else going for it.However, Ide prevents that by coming up with ways to play off the Sherlock tropes.

The of Dodson being a kiss ass who marvels at IQ ’ s brilliance their relationship is a contentious one with a troubled history that we fin in a parallel plot that also functions as Isaiah ’ s origin story.

Another way that we ’ re introduced to IQ and Dodson and then get their backstory delivered in installments dovetails nicely with the main story.

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In Isaiah Quintabe ( IQ), Joe Ide has created one of the most unusua and entertaining protagonists to enter this world of crime fiction in a good long time.

Isaiah 's sidekick is a diminutive guy named Dodson, who is prone to getting Isaiah into more trouble than the friendship may be worth, and it 's Dodson who brings Isaiah the case that constitutes the bulk of the novel.A rap star who 's rapidly losing touch with reality and whose career is circling the drain, fears that he is the target of an assassination plot.

He 's hiding out in his garish mansion, surrounded by a circle of sycophants, and he wants Isaiah to figure out who 's behind the plot and put a stop to it.

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It is set in East Long Beach, where young black Isaiah Quintabe, IQ as he is nown as, is Sherlock.

Isaiah 's elder brother, Marcus, who expected great things from him that would benefit the community, is murdere in a hit and run.

What follows is a descent into criminal activity that ends in tragedy and the en of his friendshi with Flaco, who is bsessed with Margaret Cho. Dodson brings a rap star, Cal, as a client who is able to pay megabucks if they an find out who is wanting to murder him.

IQ and Dodson dig deep to see who has motive in wanting the drug dependent Cal dead and chasing down an insane hit man.

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Someone is gunning for rapper Black the Knife and he ires Isaiah Quintabe to find killer.

Can IQ stop the killer and the people who hired him before Black the Knife takes the big dirt nap? Mullholland denies me for everything on Netgalley so when they sent me an invitation to read his one, I almost passed out of spite.

way Isaiah and Dodson eventually handled things, again, did n't ake them fee like super heroes.

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I KNOW IT!!! I ha so immediately drawn into the dialogue with the characters, that I was feeling a little 'trashy' .... what the hell am I reading I asked myself?

The 'guy' was being the gentleman -- -but as I read he scene -I felt like I was in the same room with them.

3 words from the blurb convinced me to writ a essa.

Isaiah Quintable is the full name for 'IQ' ..... raised by his older brother, Marcus.

Isaiah is young black man- underage -when his brother dies, whose parents died when he was 10.

He 's now without any immediate family .... but what he does have is the great teachings of moral values that his older brother Marcus drummed into him.

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What an absolutely fun book to read! IQ is the nickname for Isaiah Quintabe who lives in a tough LA neighborhood.

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Although they both have a reputation for intelligence beyond the norm, it may seem a stretch–-on page one of IQ, the reader is introduced to an incompetent but scary man stalking a young irl, most definitely not the ort of case one thinks of in connection with Encyclopedia Brown.

His estranged friend, Dodson, comes to him with a payday client, a rapper who is afraid a hitman is after him.

I appreciated Ide avoiding the stereotype of the guy on the wrong side of the law trying to make right.

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