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One witness. Five versions of the truth.
Cristiana is the daughter of the biggest arms dealers on the West Coast. She's also the sole witness and number one suspect in the murder of her boyfriend.
Isaiah Quintabe is coerced into taking the case to prove her innocence but there's a catch: Christiana has multiple personalities - five of them, to be precise - and no one personality saw the entire incident.
In Edgar-finalist Ide's stellar fourth IQ novel (after 2018's Wrecked), genius detective Isaiah Quintabe, who usually helps those in need in his impoverished East Long Beach, Calif., neighborhood, takes on a paying client. Angus Byrne, a vicious white supremacist who's also a major arms dealer, wants Isaiah to investigate the shooting murder of an employee of his, Tyler Barnes. The obvious suspect is Byrne's daughter, Christiana, who was found next to Barnes's body in the store she owns in Newport Beach. Byrne tells Isaiah that unless Christiana is cleared, the detective's significant other, violinist Stella McDaniels, will have her fingers broken. The stakes rise when Isaiah meets Christiana and learns that she has multiple personalities, each with separate recollections of the events leading to Barnes's murder. The unexpected return, after two years, of Isaiah's true love, former client Grace Monarova, complicates his task. Readers will root for Ide's distinctive lead every step of the way. This innovative series continues to show promise for a long, high-quality run.