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SOON TO BE A MAJOR TV SERIES PRODUCED BY SNOOP DOGG
'The best new discovery I've come across in a long time' Michael Connelly
'Writing so sharp you may cut your fingers on the pages' Attica Locke
'The best thing to happen to mystery writing in a very long time' New York Times
'The Holmes of the 21st century' Daily Mail
'Conan Doyle's characterisation and Raymond Chandler's phrase-making' Guardian
'An electrifying combination of Holmesian mystery and SoCal grit' Time
'Truly feels like an heir to Elmore Leonard' Daily Telegraph
'An author with wizard-like gifts' Wall Street Journal
'Ide is an original as a suspense writer: every novel he writes feels like a new invention' Washington Post
Isaiah is no longer IQ, the genius of East Long Beach. A man on the road and on the run, he is hiding in a small Northern California town when his room is broken into by a desperate young man on the trail of the state's most prolific serial killer.
Isaiah's former sidekick Dodson has also had to change life, in an attempt to keep his wife and child. His devil's bargain is an internship at an LA advertising agency, where it turns out the rules of the street have simply been dressed in business casual. The ageing company's fortunes may well rest on their ability to attract a younger demographic and Dodson - 'the hustler's hustler' - just may be the right man for the job.
Both Isaiah and Dodson are at a crossroads, but can they leave their former lives behind for good?
Edgar finalist Ide's lackluster fifth novel featuring Isaiah "IQ" Quintabe (after 2020's Hi Five) finds Isaiah driving north from his home in Long Beach, Calif., where he's had enough of dealing with violent crime. He stops in Coronado Springs, a town near Lake Tahoe, where he ends up renting a one-bedroom house. His peaceful existence is interrupted by Billy Sorensen, an escapee from a neuro-psych facility who breaks into his house to steal food. Billy claims that a serial killer, known as AMSAK because his 17 victims were dumped near the Sacramento and American rivers, is headed to Coronado Springs and that he knows AMSAK's identity. Reluctantly, Isaiah investigates. Lengthy unrelated sections involving supporting characters, such as a person whose successful business is threatened by a blackmailer, only further mar the uninspired cat and mouse plot. Isaiah has little opportunity to display his considerable intellectual gifts, and at one point he only avoids serious injury by the tired contrivance of slipping on some dirt. Series fans can only hope for a return to form next time out.