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Ten years ago, when Isaiah Quintabe was just a boy, his beloved brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The unsolved crime has gnawed at his gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. The search for the killer sent him plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Now, Isaiah has a flourishing career, a new dog, and a near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown of East Long Beach, but a chance encounter reopens a wound that never fully healed. He has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind. A case takes him and his skeptical don't-call-me-a-sidekick partner, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsers and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a beautiful DJ and her deadbeat boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn't find the couple 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, leading him to the mastermind behind his brother's death, Isaiah's own Moriarty. Rich with action, suspense, and ingenius surprises, Righteous confirms Joe Ide as one of crime fiction's most exciting new voices.
Published: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432845414
Branch Call Number: F IDE
Characteristics: 485 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.
large print (16 pt.), rda


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Jun 02, 2019

In this second book in the “IQ” series, Isaiah Quintabe continues to help people in the neighborhood. As they said, “…(he) took on their problems when no one else cared.” Isaiah is still in mourning trying to untangle the circumstances around his brother’s sudden tragic death.

In this installment, Deronda, Dodson, and Cherise are back arguing and cracking wise but doing better for themselves. There are new villains who bring their own brand of evil. IQ is back helping an old friend whose sister is in a pinch with loan sharks which goes from bad to worse. IQ learns some hard truths about loved ones who aren’t as he once saw them. Isaiah is mocked because his help was repaid with respect and baked goods or live chickens but sometimes that’s all you need.

The reader, Sullivan Jones, does well differentiating between characters. He brings depth and feeling to a well written story.

The author makes smooth transitions between story lines with ample surprise twists and turns with a noir feel to the dialogue and setting. I was in hysterics laughing at Deronda’s and Dodson’s reparte. This pair make great comic relief juxtaposed to Isiah’s cases and clients. This book is well worth spending time with – funny, fun, and real.

AuntJane Apr 23, 2019

I really like this series! I read this at lunchtime over the course of a month - so picked it up here and there and read a bit at a time. There are a lot of characters coming in and out, and the scenes jump quickly, so I did have to check back and forth a bit to remember where I left off - but looked forward to reading it each time I found a chance. Looking forward to the next one as well! Go IQ!

Mar 28, 2019

This continuation of the IQ saga is a fun read. IQ grows in increments, learning about love, friendship and dog training. He stilt has a way to go with them, but by the end of the novel, it gives us hope. Not only for his future- but for our future for the third book in the series.

IQ wanders through the seamy underbelly of Long Beach and Las Vegas, somehow surviving each encounter with gangs and mobsters. Bodies pile up, but not so much at his hand- more like fortuitous timing and last second manipulation. Karma is a bitch.

ArapahoeAnnaL Aug 22, 2018

Compelling characters from the tough side of town. The writing, like one of the characters, is "sure and soulful."

This series is getting great reviews including Janet Maslin (The New York Times) "Aggressively entertaining plotting is paired with the kind of dialogue for which readers love Don Winslow. ...a Los Angeles classic right from the start."

Mar 23, 2018

I really liked his first IQ book, and I found this one entertaining as well. The chronology was unnecessarily choppy, jumping around in the IQ story for no apparent reason. But the character development is particularly interesting. Will Isaiah find a worthy paramour in the girl from the wrecking yard? Will he and Dodson find a way to work together? I guess we'll find out in book three.

Mar 10, 2018

Ok, but not outstanding. I had the feeling reading it I'd heard this story before and didn't get anything new out of it. The main character was one of the strong points, but overall the writing style was pretty blah.

Dec 07, 2017

I *really* wanted to like this story. I like the character a lot, but the story is much too fragmented spinning off into different plot elements that I found distracting.


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