In this hotly anticipated follow-up to the smash hit IQ, a New York Times Critics' Best of the Year and winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Awards, Isaiah uncovers a secret behind the death of his brother, Marcus.
For ten years, something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again-or lose his mind.
A case takes him and his volatile, dubious sidekick, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsters and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a DJ and her screwball boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn't find the two 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, and it will lead him to the mastermind behind his brother's death, Isaiah's own sinister Moriarty.
With even more action, suspense, and mind-bending mysteries than Isaiah's first adventures, Righteous is a rollicking, ingenious thrill ride.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With its crisp prose and one-of-a-kind characters, Joe Ide’s lacerating debut, IQ, left us in a happy daze. The second book in the series sends Ide’s hero—inner-city L.A. Sherlock Isaiah “IQ” Quintabe—right back into the belly of the beast. Still obsessed with finding the individual responsible for his brother’s death, IQ gets waylaid by a missing-person case in Las Vegas. Both investigations test the immensely likable protagonist’s considerable talents and put him in touch with unsavory villains. Ide’s razor-wire writing continues to impress, and we love how he’s developing the deep emotions underlying IQ’s tough-guy grit.
Two cases with powerful personal aspects challenge Isaiah "IQ" Quintabe, known in his Long Beach, Calif., community for his crime-solving abilities, in Edgar-finalist Ide's outstanding sequel to 2016's IQ. The most painful open wound in Isaiah's life remains the hit-and-run death eight years earlier of his older brother, Marcus, which Isaiah witnessed. His perseverance in seeking justice seems to have paid off when he locates the car that killed Marcus, but new evidence that Marcus was deliberately targeted raises a slew of troubling questions. The revelation comes just as Marcus's girlfriend, Sarita Van, reenters Isaiah's life to request help; her half-sister, Janine, a Vegas deejay, has racked up gambling debts that can't be paid off. Since Isaiah still carries a torch for Sarita, he agrees to help. Ide again makes his hero's deductive brilliance plausible, while presenting an emotionally engaging story that doesn't shy away from presenting the bleakest aspects of humanity.
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Fantastic #2 in series.
Wow, let’s say I finished the book in 2 Days lol. Author continues with great backstory about main character and news ones present. Finally get to see what happens to IQ’s brother which doesn’t seem like the full truth just yet. Hopefully there’s a book 3 on the way!