IQ by Joe Ide
9781474607186 Weidenfeld and Nicholson
Joe Ide is the best new discovery I've come across in a long time. And Isaiah Quintabe is the kind of sleuth not seen on the mystery landscape before.' Michael Connelly NOMINATED FOR THE 2017 EDGAR AWARD, ANTHONY AWARD, MACAVITY AWARD, STRAND CRITICS and SHAMUS AWARD for BEST FIRST NOVEL One of the Best Books of 2017 - The New York Times, The Washington Post, the New York Times Book ReviewEast Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate.
Murders go unsolved, the elderly are being mugged, children go 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.
His clients pay him whatever they can afford, a new 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; and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. If he solves this case, IQ can put right a mistake he made long ago.
If not it won't just be the hit man coming after him ...