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.
Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel, IQ, inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit his website at www.joeide.com
Righteous 4 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
If only Joe had Baldacci's editors. The dialogue is outstanding, but the timelines don't match. Interesting characters. Look forward to next installment.
8 months ago
Does not live up to the hype.
There are too many back stories. Not every character needs a full history, and after a while it becomes tedious. The back stories slow the main narrative, and the action, and bog the reader down with unnecessary detail. Yes, the gangsta culture is well drawn and comes across as realistic. But who wants to be immersed in gang violence when reading for pleasure? At the halfway mark, I'd ceased to care about the outcome and had disconnected from the main character, IQ.
It is the age of the anti-hero, but IQ comes across as unsympathetic and is incompetent with women. Nobody I want to aspire to, or even read about.
Did not work for me...
11 months ago
Love this guy's stuff, the action is great, terrific characters.
11 months ago
Readers first met Isaiah Quintabe in Joe Ide’s 2016 novel, I.Q. (as Isaiah is known around LA due to his cleverness). That book introduced this unconventional modern-day Sherlock Holmes and his Watson stand-in, Dodson. Partners in both committing and combatting crime, the duo used their connections and street smarts to solve cases that required more creative methods and flexible payment plans. Isaiah has never really recovered from the death of his beloved brother Marcus. The hit-and-run occurred right before his eyes when he was seventeen, and he has spent the last eight years replaying the scene over in his mind. When he is not sleuthing for his neighbors, Isaiah spends his time trying to discover the identity of the driver who took Marcus’ life. Righteous is the second in the series, and this time IQ uncovers evidence that indicates that his brother’s death was no accident. While searching for his brother’s killer, he also is hired to help his brother’s former girlfriend, Sarita. Her sister is in serious trouble with a Chinese crime syndicate in Las Vegas due to mounting gambling debts. IQ enlists Dodson’s aid again, dragging him away from his new legitimate business and extremely pregnant girlfriend. The case sprawls back to LA and creates some conflict with another gang, the Locos, who are not big fans of the amateur detective. Righteous alternates back and forth between the two storylines, with exciting action culminating in a satisfying conclusion. The IQ books are vey well written, capturing the attitude, patois and character of cultures that aren’t typically represented in classic crime fiction. Those new to Ide’s work should start with the first book to fully appreciate the evolution of IQ’s character. The first novel sets the scene and provides important background, whereas the second novel delves deeper into IQ’s psychology-addressing his sense of isolation and obsessive need for revenge. The door remains left open for future installments and it will be interesting to see where Ide takes his characters next. Fans won’t have long to wait: the third novel in the series, Wrecked, is due to be released in October 2018.
More than 1 year ago
More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: Ten years ago, when Isaiah Quintabe was just a boy, his beloved brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The unsolved crime has gnawed at his gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. The search for the killer sent him plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Now, Isaiah has a flourishing career, a new dog, and a near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown of East Long Beach, but a chance encounter reopens a wound that never fully healed. He has to begin the hunt again - - or lose his mind. A case takes him and his skeptical don’t-call-me-a-sidekick partner, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsters and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a beautiful DJ and her deadbeat boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn’t find the couple 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, leading to the mastermind behind his brother’s death, Isaiah’s own sinister Moriarty. Rich with action, suspense, and ingenious surprises, “Righteous” confirms Joe Ide as one of crime fiction’s most exciting new voices.
To say that Marcus was “the best person in the world” is only an understatement to Isaiah. He’d never gotten over his brother’s death, which haunts him more each day, and he is determined to track down the person responsible. Everything that follows in this second book in the series stems from that. And this book is everything that the initial book led the reader to expect from this author. And the more he discovers leads him to only one conclusion: “This was no accident. This was a hit.”
Chapter One introduces Janine Van, a young Asian woman working as a DJ, whose name as a DJ is Dama, so chosen because “it was different and the Chinese word for weed.” Only 21 years old, she gets paid $750 a set, and plays 2 sets a week, but the gambling she does in her hometown of Vegas eats up her paychecks very ably. Now she and her boyfriend Benny are deeply in debt; the 20% vig has now raised that debt to $9,000, $1400 for the vig alone. She loved Benny, but he was a lousy gambler, “More than half the debt was his.” The loan shark is getting very impatient for his money, Janine and Benny were living out of a seedy motel room, “a dump to begin with,” and the collector, a man named Balthazar, was seven feet tall, from Saskatchewan, “right across the border from Montana.” Their reaction to the unpaid debt is to dump Benny in a 360 acre, 200 foot deep landfill, threatening to give the same punishment to Janine if the debt isn’t paid by the end of the week.
The author has a new assortment of fascinating characters to whom his readers are introduced in this book, including Sarita, a young woman who had been Marcus’ girlfriend “back when Isaiah was in high school, and he’d always had a crush on her.” The bad guys in this series entry are pretty frightening, and there’s a great deal of violence and gunplay, reader be warned. But the tale is brilliantly told, Isaiah a fascinating protagonist. Can’t wait for the next in the series! And this entry, as was the first one, is highly recommended.
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