Righteous An IQ novel

Joe Ide

Book - 2017

"Isaiah Quintabe has, against many odds, built a proper life for himself: a respected detective in his hometown of East Long Beach, a well-kept home, a growing library, and even a rehabilitated horse-sized pit bull (courtesy of his previous client). But something is wrong: the death of his older brother nearly a decade ago has sent him down a dark path, one that he's never truly been able to escape. RIGHTEOUS is the story of Isaiah's investigation of his brother's death, a qu...est that will lead him to his greatest adversary, a man who may be IQ's own Moriarty. RIGHTEOUS is also the story of Sarita, Isaiah's older brother's girlfriend, for whom Isaiah feels a lasting, troubling love. Sarita's younger sister, an erratic DJ and gambling addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas, with a frightening bookie, Chinese Triad gangsters, and her own deadbeat boyfriend hot on her tail. On the case once more with Dodson, Isaiah's fast-talking, don't-call-me-a-sidekick partner, mayhem is sure to ensue. With gun battles, car chases, and twice as many mental puzzles as before, RIGHTEOUS is a rollicking, ingenious, and thrilling roller coaster ride. It swerves from the streets of South Central to the hotels of Beverly Hills, from the casinos and massage parlors of Las Vegas to the mountains of the desert Southwest. IQ is back, and he's badder than ever"--

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Genres
Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Published
New York ; Boston : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
330 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780316267779
0316267775
Main Author
Joe Ide (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Ide's debut, IQ (2016), was one of last year's best crime novels, and he follows it with another scorcher. Isaiah Quintabe has established himself as the PI of choice in East Long Beach, especially for cases well out of the mainstream. And this one is at least a galaxy or two away from anything like a mainstream. Even Isaiah's relatively unhinged sidekick, Dodson (Watson to Isaiah's Sherlock), knows that nothing good can come from trying to find a Chinese girl and her gambling-addicted boyfriend who are both on the radar of a vicious Chinese gang. Yes, but the girl in question is the sister of Sarita, once involved with Isaiah's murdered older brother and still the love of Isaiah's life. Maybe if he finds the sister, he will have a chance to show Sarita that he's no longer a little boy. So begins a deadly bumper-car ride that will find Isaiah not only attempting to save the sister and her sad-sack boyfriend but also on the trail of the mastermind behind his brother's murder. Like the great Thomas Perry, Ide manages to combine light and dark in wholly unpredictable ways, blending comic capering with real-life bloodletting in a manner that diminishes neither and taps a vein of deep emotion lurking amid the laugh lines and spurts of violence. Anyone who loves Perry or Timothy Hallinan needs to hop on Ide's bandwagon while there's still room to sit. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Hero of the celebrated, spiky-tongued debut starring a genius loner in Los Angeles who solves crimes in the manner of Sherlock Holmes, IQ returns to investigate the long-ago death of his beloved older brother. He's also trying to find the younger sister of his brother's girlfriend, now missing in Las Vegas and pursued by a horde of bad guys. With a 35,000-copy and TV series looming ever closer. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Isaiah Quintabe,"IQ," the Sherlock Holmes of East Long Beach, CA, uses his inductive reasoning skills to investigate crime and has taken payment in the form of live chickens and baked goods. His Achilles heel is an obsessive need to know who drove the car that killed his brother Marcus a decade ago. When Marcus's old girlfriend Sarita asks IQ to help extricate her sister from a crushing gambling debt in Vegas, he can't refuse. He has always been in love with Sarita and envisions this case ushering in their new life together. IQ once again enlists the help of Dodson (Watson to his Sherlock) who has a pregnant girlfriend and a day job in an attempt to go legitimate. Dodson's witty banter and dynamic personal life provide a piercing contrast to IQ's solitary and sterile existence, and the scenes between the two are notable in this brilliantly executed novel. Deftly weaving the search for Marcus's killer with various escapades in Vegas, Ide employs a clever mixing of time lines that will keep readers guessing until the explosive, bloody denouement. VERDICT A winning combination of skillful writing and flawless pacing, this second series outing is packed with adrenaline-inducing scenes along with a colorful cast of violent and treacherous villains. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/17; "Editors' Fall Picks," p. 32.]—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph, MI Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Two cases with powerful personal aspects challenge Isaiah "IQ" Quintabe, known in his Long Beach, Calif., community for his crime-solving abilities, in Edgar-finalist Ide's outstanding sequel to 2016's IQ. The most painful open wound in Isaiah's life remains the hit-and-run death eight years earlier of his older brother, Marcus, which Isaiah witnessed. His perseverance in seeking justice seems to have paid off when he locates the car that killed Marcus, but new evidence that Marcus was deliberately targeted raises a slew of troubling questions. The revelation comes just as Marcus's girlfriend, Sarita Van, reenters Isaiah's life to request help; her half-sister, Janine, a Vegas deejay, has racked up gambling debts that can't be paid off. Since Isaiah still carries a torch for Sarita, he agrees to help. Ide again makes his hero's deductive brilliance plausible, while presenting an emotionally engaging story that doesn't shy away from presenting the bleakest aspects of humanity. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Isaiah Quintabe has, against many odds, built a proper life for himself: a respected detective in his hometown of East Long Beach, a well-kept home, a growing library, and even a rehabilitated horse-sized pit bull (courtesy of his previous client). But something is wrong: the death of his older brother nearly a decade ago has sent him down a dark path, one that he's never truly been able to escape. RIGHTEOUS is the story of Isaiah's investigation of his brother's death, a quest that will lead him to hisgreatest adversary, a man who may be IQ's own Moriarty. RIGHTEOUS is also the story of Sarita, Isaiah's older brother's girlfriend, for whom Isaiah feels a lasting, troubling love. Sarita's younger sister, an erratic DJ and gambling addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas, with a frightening bookie, Chinese Triad gangsters, and her own deadbeat boyfriend hot on her tail. On the case once more with Dodson, Isaiah's fast-talking, don't-call-me-a-sidekick partner, mayhem is sure to ensue. With gun battles, car chases, and twice as many mental puzzles as before, RIGHTEOUS is a rollicking, ingenious, and thrilling roller coaster ride. It swerves from the streets of South Central to the hotels of Beverly Hills, from the casinos and massage parlors of Las Vegas to the mountains of the desert Southwest. IQ is back, and he's badder than ever"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A follow-up to the award-winning IQ finds Isaiah and his volatile sidekick, Dodson, confronting Chinese gangsters and a formidable loan shark in Vegas, where they follow leads to uncover the truth about Isaiah's brother's death 10 years earlier. 35,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Isaiah Quintabe and his volatile sidekick, Dodson, confront Chinese gangsters and a formidable loan shark in Las Vegas, where they follow leads to uncover the truth about the death of Isaiah's brother a decade earlier.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this hotly anticipated follow-up to the smash hit IQ, a New York Times Critics' Best of the Year and winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Awards, Isaiah uncovers a secret behind the death of his brother, Marcus. For ten years, something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again-or lose his mind. A case takes him and his volatile, dubious sidekick, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsters and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a DJ and her screwball boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn't find the two first, they'll be murdered. Awaiting the outcome is the love of IQ's life: fail, and he'll lose her. Isaiah's quest is fraught with treachery, menace, and startling twists, and it will lead him to the mastermind behind his brother's death, Isaiah's own sinister Moriarty. With even more action, suspense, and mind-bending mysteries than Isaiah's first adventures, Righteous is a rollicking, ingenious thrill ride.