IQ (Paperback)

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By Joe Ide
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This may be the most unique detective to grace the pages of a Los Angeles mystery novel. Ide’s debut is captivating in its setting, character, timing, and beautiful prose. Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) is uniquely qualified to solve crimes no police force in Los Angeles would touch. He helps the underserved in his community find the answers they seek while maintaining a solemn and solitary lifestyle in his fortified South Central LA apartment. In the first entry of what is sure to be a winning series, IQ introduces Isaiah’s background and the people who influenced him in chapters that alternate with his present life. In the current day, he has a problem to solve that brings him full circle to his childhood world of rap, murder for hire, and a lot of money. Blending authentic characters with the plot and pacing of a pro makes Ide an author to watch.

— From Terry's Traffic Light Delights


Winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus AwardsA 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.

About the Author

Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel, IQ, inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit his website at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316267731
ISBN-10: 0316267732
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: IQ Novel