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IQ

By: Joe Ide
Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
Series: IQ, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Summary

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, OAPs are getting hoodwinked, children are missing. But word has spread: if you've got a case the police can't or won't touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.

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 tyres or some homemade muffins. But now he needs a client who can pay. And the only way to that client is through a jive-talking low-life drug dealer he thought he'd left behind. Then there's the case itself. A drug-addled rap star surrounded by a crew of flunkies who believes his life is in danger, a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic, and a monster killer dog. If he solves this case, IQ can put right a mistake he made long ago. If he doesn't, it won't just be the hit man coming after him....

©2017 Joe Ide (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Ide successfully makes his detective's brilliance plausible in this gripping and moving debut." ( Publishers Weekly)

"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." (Patrick Anderson, Washington Post)

"Wonderfully quirky.... Exhilarating language and [an] oddball cast.... A total laff-riot." (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)

"Joe Ide. Remember that name.... Mystery aficionados will remember it as the breakout debut of a major new voice in the suspense genre." ( BookPage)

"A few things I love about this...[IQ is] rooted in his community in a way that his inspiration never was...IQ is a small story in the way the best of Conan Doyle's were.... It's a detective story that plays out very close to home, on the streets and corners that Ide (who grew up in South Central) knows best. And Isaiah fits into those streets like they were made for him. A consulting detective for a time and a place that needs one." (Jason Sheehan, NPR)

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Original and compulsive

An original and compulsive listen. I found it very difficult to stop listening and finished it in a couple of sessions.
Defies genre classification.
I rarely give five stars but this deserves each one.
Looking for the next book by Joe Ide

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Sherlock Holmes from the wrong side of the tracks

Loved this. It took me into a world on the edge of LA gang life through a character with heart and intelligence. Its tragic and occasionally funny with a who-done-it at the centre. The narrator is also fantastic, getting the voices and the tone just right. Highly recommended.

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  • Olive
  • Pontefract, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 12-05-18

Sherlock with grit

Isaiah Quintabe is my new hero - razor sharp intellect and social conscience. This is a PI story with a difference, set against a backdrop of street gangs, crime and hip-hop. The reader is excellent. This is the first in a series and I’m going on to the second one straight away.

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Great story, great voice

The narrator is amazingly good at giving you a sense of the characters through slight inflections and nuances in his voice. The story of a "Young Sherlock from the Hood" is a new one on me and works surprisingly well, avoiding both cliche and a patronising tone with ease.
The story itself is engrossing, dark, amusing and uplifting in equal measure and there is a satisfying conclusion that leaves a few threads dangling for the next installment, without a feeling of anti climax.
Recommended.

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  • Ryan E
  • Birmingham, UK
  • 02-01-19

Really very good

Took a little time to get into. Really fantastic when you stick with it though. It's a genius modernisation of the classic detective novel tropes and themes.

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Entertaining and streetwise detective noir

Dense prose like a Chandler or William Gibson but with humour. A detective story set on the streets of LA combined with a witty critique of hip hop culture. I loved it!

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  • Ty
  • 16-08-19

Good Read

Excellent story and very funny in parts. Held my interest and was believable. Liked the I.Q character very much.

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Brilliant - The Wire meets Sherlock Holmes

Loved this - the central storyline is an amateur detective with an unusually high IQ hunting a hit man but his backstory is also revealed throughout the book. Isaiah's relationship with his brother is touching and sad but there's a lot of humour here too. The narrator is excellent too.

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Exciting, entertaining and inspiring

I am so passionate about this book, I feel like a kid again.
Gripping action; humane, warm and thought-provoking themes ; engaging and developed characters...I laughed out loud a lot, almost as often as I stayed in the car after reaching my destination to listen to a chapter end!
I've already bought the next one in the series and am already bereft that there aren't a hundred more written to download straight after.

The narrator of this book is Oscar-worthy in my mind: it was like listening to an RSC theatre production - every nuance of every line and every character was emotively expressed, with the rhythm and pace adjusting masterfully for each mood. I am glad I got the audio, and I don't often think that.

IQ is my new hero.
Summary: loved it!!

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A surprise win

Wasn't sure what to expect but enjoyed this story and the narration. It's great to find an unexpected gem and this is one!

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  • Jet
  • 24-05-18

IQ the review I don’t usually do.

My audible is large and varied with many excellent titles but I’m not a writer myself, so when it comes to reviews I stick with the star variety.

IQ by Joe Ide is not the best book I’ve ever read/listened to but it’s one of the most enjoyable and that counts.

Isaiah Quintabe comes into solving crime almost by misfortune. He’s left to bring himself up from an early age after the death of his older brother. Eventually he’s thrown into an unlikely somewhat disastrous, friendship/partnership with Dodson, a sidekick who often proves to be more trouble than he’s worth. Together they are employed to save a failing rap star from his would be assassins, who can’t seem to get the job done. The plot is thick, the laughs are many, there are even giant pit bulls.
Oh did I say the narration by Sullivan Jones is SUPERB probably 105 stars. It doesn’t get much better. Nor do my reviews. I’ll stick to stars.

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  • Hogarth
  • 09-04-19

Great Story! Great Narrator!

Amazingly well narrated story! Isaiah Quintabe is an intriguing new detective for a new generation. Can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

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  • Charlie
  • 15-10-17

Breath of fresh air

Great on all fronts. Story was tightly written, characters interesting, and for the majority well fleshed out. Performance was great, and hopefully in time, more titles will come up when I search under Sullivan Jones. 5/5 for author and narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-17

Good book! Fantastic reader!!

I could really see all the characters in front of me. Sullivan Jones is a performer!! An artist! Recommended warmheartedly!