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Joe Ide

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About the Author

Joe Ide is a Japanese American author, born in 1959. He grew up surrounded by the gangs and street crime of South Central Los Angeles, California. He enjoyed reading the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and had read them multiple times before he was in eighth grade. He is a college mostrar mais graduate and went on to get a graduate degree in education. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a school teacher, college lecturer, business consultant, and other jobs. One of those jobs was writing screenplays for major studios. He went on to write his debut novel, IQ, published in 2016. It won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. His second book is Righteous, published in 2017. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Joe Ide

IQ (2016) 1,075 exemplares
Righteous (2017) 445 exemplares
Wrecked (2018) 269 exemplares
Hi Five (2020) 187 exemplares
Smoke (2021) 108 exemplares
The Goodbye Coast (2022) 87 exemplares
Fixit (2023) 54 exemplares
IQ | Righteous 2 exemplares
Lucky (2020) 2 exemplares


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'IQ' felt fresh, cliché-free and real. It was immersive from the first page, plunging me into the life of Isaiah Quintabe, the IQ of the title, as he helped people in his East Long Beach neighbourhood with cases the police cannot or will not get involved in.

I loved the writing in this novel. The dialogue was perfect, capturing how people speak and how their conversations flow. The pace of the storytelling was compelling and the images were vivid. The possibility of violence was there on almost every page, but it wasn't melodramatic, it was as taken for granted as traffic noise in a city.

What I liked most about the novel was that its starting point was the people and the realities of their situation, not with a clever conceit that the characters have been constructed to reveal. 'IQ' is constructed to reveal Isaiah's character and history while delivering an exciting plot. I liked that Isaiah and the people around him were believably complex. They were people who were more than one thing, who couldn't be summed up by what they do or neatly classified into Good Guy and Bad Guy.

Isaiah Quintabe is a great creation. He's just a very bright young man who has grown up, largely alone, in East Long Beach, Los Angeles. After some early involvement in petty crime and a brush with gang culture via his friend Dodson, Isaiah got his life together and deployed his logical mind and his ability to stay calm under pressure to help people in his neighbourhood sort out things that police won't help them with. Locally, he is seen as a kind of poor man's Sherlock Holmes. He still has to pay the bills so he also takes on paying clients. The plot revolves around what happens when his estranged friend Dodson, reappears and offers Isaiah a well-paid case working for a rap star millionaire who believes someone is trying to kill him.

Isaiah's story is told in two timelines, 2013 (now) and 2005 (then). I was impressed by how Joe Ide integrated the timelines so that they worked together to build a picture of Isaiah's character and his complicated history with Dodson that captures how both of them have become who they are in 2013.

The plot worked well. It was populated with memorable people who were sometimes linked in unexpected ways and managed to deliver a few surprises without losing touch with reality.

This was a great start to a new series. I'm just sorry that it took me so long to find this book. It won lot's of acclaim when it came out in 2016. It wonthe Anthony Award for Best First Novel 2017, the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery 2017, the Shamus Award for Best First P. I. Novel 2017. I've already added the audiobook version of 'Righteous', the second book in this six-book series, to my TBR shelf.

I strongly recommend the audiobook version of 'IQ'. Sullivan Jones' narration is wonderful. It won him AudioFile Earphones Award 2016. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.

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MikeFinnFiction | 83 outras críticas | Jun 16, 2024 |
I wasn't sure at first. The plot was good, and the characters were interesting, but the voices seemed a bit off to me. Overall, though, felt it was amazingly assured for a first novel. Some pathos, a bit of humor, a sense of justice and dogs. Will definitely try more
cspiwak | 83 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |
A modern Sherlock in L.A. hood. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and their development with a fairly tight plot. IQ is one to enjoy.
wvlibrarydude | 83 outras críticas | Jan 14, 2024 |
3.5 rounded up. I suspect I'll like the next book even more because much of this debut provided the background story for a very different take on a Holmes/Watson-type duo. I'm interested to see where the series goes next.
mmcrawford | 83 outras críticas | Dec 5, 2023 |



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