One woman. Five personalities. Private investigator IQ is back to piece together a Newport Beach murder with an eyewitness who gives "people person" a whole new meaning.
Christiana is the daughter of the biggest arms dealer on the West Coast, Angus Byrne. She's also the sole witness and number one suspect in the murder of her boyfriend, found dead in her Newport Beach boutique. Isaiah Quintabe is coerced into taking the case to prove her innocence. If he can't, Angus will harm the brilliant PI's new girlfriend, ending her career.
The catch: Christiana has multiple personalities. Among them, a naïve, beautiful shopkeeper, an obnoxious drummer in a rock band, and a wanton seductress.
Isaiah's dilemma: no one personality saw the entire incident. To find out what really happened the night of the murder, Isaiah must piece together clues from each of the personalities . . . before the cops close in on him.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Some cases are dangerous to solve. Other cases are dangerous not to solve. In the fourth novel in Joe Ide’s wickedly entertaining IQ series, East Long Beach’s toughest unlicensed detective, Isaiah Quintabe, is hired by a powerful arms dealer to help defend his daughter, Christiana, who is both the sole witness to a murder and the number one suspect. Her father would really, really like it if Isaiah could clear her name, but there’s a complication: Cristiana has multiple personality disorder, and each persona only witnessed a fraction of what actually happened. Ide’s plots are rock solid—we’re always surprised, even when we think we know where the story is going, and we relish his over-the-top twists. But mostly we like hanging with the genius IQ and his rough-edged crew—the needling banter between the PI and his lovably shady pal Dodson is good for laughs.
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.
Not up to his previous work
The best thing about the main character in the prior book was his sense if justice. In this book he threw that away. There were also many things that made no sense. For example, the main character set it up that two killers would come for him so he could find out who they were and who sent them, but instead of luring them in he ditched them.
Later his girlfriend wanted to help him when he was kidnapped but never called any of their mutual friends, who knew where the enemy hideout was located.
For a guy that was supposed to be smart, he sure did stupid things. Oh and what was his source of income?
Stale. Cutout bad guys, too many dull subplots.