by Joe Ide
When someone tries to assassinate rapper Black the Knife with a vicious 130-pound dog, it’s time to bring in an expert.
Meet Isaiah Quintabe — IQ, to his friends and clients — a genius, high school dropout and former burglar.
The people who work for Black the Knife (born Calvin Wright) go through Juanell Dodson, a sometime drug dealer and self-promoting wheeler-dealer.
IQ normally wouldn’t take a call from Dodson, his former burglary partner, but he needs the promised $50,000 for a charitable project he has running.
IQ and Dodson, mismatched as they are, are a modern day Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. IQ has the keen powers of observation and reasoning to work the mystery; Dodson has the spin and glad-hand to balance IQ’s austerity.
Author Joe Ide tells this story in chapters that alternate in IQ’s life from May 2005, when his beloved brother and mentor, was killed by a hit-and-run driver, to July 2013, when IQ seeks to learn who Calvin’s would-be assassin is — and who hired him and why. By the end of the book, the two story lines come together in a marvelous way with the mystery solved and your understanding of how ideally suited IQ is as a private investigator complete.
Plus, Ide has set the bait for the next book in the series.
Published in 2016, IQ captured a 2017 Edgar Award for best first novel, the Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel and the Macavity Award for Best first Novel, as well as being shortlisted for the Edgar Award, Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award.
About the Author: Joe Ide (1958 – )
Ide earned a master’s degree in education, planning to become a teacher, but quickly learned he didn’t like children. He then turned to screenwriting. Although he sold one script to Disney, none of his scripts ever made it to the screen.
In Isaiah Quintabe, Ide has blended his background in South Central L.A. with his love of Sherlock Holmes and his powers of observation and reasoning.