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IQ (An IQ Novel Book 1) por Joe Ide
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IQ (An IQ Novel Book 1) (edição 2016)

por Joe Ide (Autor)

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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"--… (mais)
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Título:IQ (An IQ Novel Book 1)
Autores:Joe Ide (Autor)
Informação:Mulholland Books (2016), Edition: 1, 337 pages
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IQ by Joe Ide is a 2016 Mulholland publication.

Isaiah Quintabe- aka -IQ- an orphan who recently lost in his brother, Marcus, is trying to find a way to survive on his own, in East Long Beach. Looking for the person who killed his brother, leads him into a private detective/ amateur sleuth role. While he’s lenient with payment methods, he really needs customers who can pay in cash, which leads him to, Calvin, a rapper known as ‘Black the Knife’, experiencing a serious decline, who was the recent target of attempted murder.

Isaiah’s investigation leads him to a crazy hitman, a greedy ex-wife, and a group of manipulators and connivers, all with a stake in the success or failure of the star rapper…

This is an offbeat crime drama, gritty, realistic, but polished and stylish at the same time. IQ is a sympathetic character surrounded by people with little to no conscience or remorse. Isaiah is inspired by the great Sherlock Holmes- relying on ‘inductive’ reasoning to puzzle out the truth.

Despite the setting and premise, the language is the only thing too graphic- but it is in context. The violence is kept to a minimum, with our hero using his wits to outsmart the bad guys. By the time the story ends, Isaiah has come to terms with the reality of his situation, and just might be able to carve out a niche for himself as a private investigator of sorts enabling him to survive and take care of the unwitting victims, he feels responsible for.

I picked this book up when it started to generate a little buzz back in 2016. Unfortunately, it ended up languishing on my Kindle, despite my best intentions.

As the book is encroaching on my five- year deadline, I realized I’d better get this one read before it winds up on the chopping block.

Thankfully, it lived up to its reputation and I have already queued up the second installment!!

4 stars ( )
  gpangel | Nov 30, 2021 |
The plot is OK. Having IQ's older brother shot in a drive by as a motivator for IQ is a great twist on the unremarkable plot. But the characters of the book elevate an unremarkable plot to a great novel. I found myself as a middle class white guy actually seeing the events in the book through the eyes of IQ, Juanell, Deronda and TK - and identifying with their thoughts. The immense pull of the LA area poorer and blacker neighborhoods on the way that the characters respond to events compels one to devour the book. And the ways that the characters still manage to move ahead and prevail despite that pull is the real meat of the story. The characters are the best. The book is too.
  J_Gary_Gardner | Aug 23, 2021 |
I will as many ashe writes if this series. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
IQ is a well-plotted mystery that employs Sherlockian detecting skills of observation and deductive reasoning. Isaiah Q. carries a lot of baggage that he is working hard to overcome and it's made him unflappable and incorruptible. When he's on a case, his concern is only for his client and ensuring the bad guys pay. He's also just cool. The setting, a tough L.A. neighborhood, is authentic. Secondary characters repeatedly make terrible choices and use a lot of profanity and derogatory language. The n-word is commonplace and particularly jarring on the audiobook but, otherwise, narration by Sullivan Jones is appealing, especially the low-key, compelling voice he uses for IQ. ( )
  bookappeal | Apr 25, 2021 |
A mystery centered in the greater LA area African American milieu, the sherlockian Isaiah follows two timelines - just after the death of his brother when Isaiah is 17 and later once Isaiah has set himself informally as a detective. It doesn't fight racial stereotypes very much and the pacing and language and the number of times I just wanted to scream at Isaiah and Dodson not to be so stupid, when they go where only the plot requiring them to survive gets them out, keep it from rating higher for me. ( )
  quondame | Oct 5, 2020 |
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Ide, Joeautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Chung, SamArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Jones, SullivanNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ng, KapoDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Piedesack, GordonNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Takahashi, CraigAuthor photoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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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"--

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