– Nominated for the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Strand Critics Award, Barry Award, and Shamus Award for Best First Novel
– A New York Times and Booklist Top Book of the Year
– Shortlisted for the American Library Association’s Best Mystery Reading List
– On the Indie Next list for November 2016
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.
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.
“The start of a brand-new comedic crime franchise with a bright future. . . . Aggressively entertaining plotting is paired with the kind of dialogue for which readers love Don Winslow. This series is a Los Angeles classic right from the start.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times
“[IQ] kicks off what is apt to be a madly lovable new detective series. . . . Isaiah [is] a fine, durable character for the long run.” —New York Times
“One of the most original thrillers of the year . . . [A] sometimes scary, often whimsical, off-the-wall delight . . . It’s a mad world that late-blooming Joe Ide has brought forth from his past, a spicy mix of urban horror, youthful striving and show-business absurdity. His IQ is an original and welcome creation.” —Washington Post
“Wonderfully quirky . . . Exhilarating language and [an] oddball cast . . . A total laff-riot” —New York Times Book Review
“A crackling page-turner of a debut” —Entertainment Weekly
“Joe Ide introduces one of the coolest investigators working the mean streets of Los Angeles.” —Chicago Tribune