A must-read debut thriller! Joe Ide has knocked it out of the park.
A resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores.
East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.
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 tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay.
This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.
I cannot find the words to say how much I enjoyed getting to know Isaiah. The mother in me wants to bring him home and shower him with good food and company. That being said, I was a little out of my element with the book as a whole because of its setting in the hood of LA. This story was so powerful that it brought it to life in my mind. The depths of despair that Isaiah crosses through, and his journey as he brings himself back up to life were very moving. And then, you have the killer dog, the conniving agent, the vicious ex-wife, and the rapper himself. The mystery is perfectly executed and the gradual revealing of what has brought the characters to this point is masterful. I LOVED this story and even found inspiration in it. Hats off to Joe Ide for sharing his marvelous story with us!
Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!
Thank you to NetGalley and Mulholland Books for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.