Book one in Joe Ide’s IQ Series.
IQ (Book One)
Published: Mulholland Books, 2016
East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate.
Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.
A high school dropout, Isaiah Quintabe has an unassuming nature that disguises a ferocious intelligence.
Most people call him IQ. Word has gotten around: If you’ve got a problem, Isaiah will take care of it,
his rates adjustable to your income or lack thereof.
Because of his unconventional business model, cash is getting tight for Isaiah, forcing him to take on the case of a rap mogul whose life is in danger. The list of suspects includes a socially inept marksman who never misses, a crew of hangers-on that conceals at least one man with a dangerous agenda, and an attack dog the size of a horse. IQ finds his investigation encompassing much more than he bargained for.
No one expects a kid from East Long Beach to have what Isaiah’s packing–a blistering intellect, an incredible sense of perception, and some serious skills behind the wheel.
It all adds up to one major advantage: When you come from nothing, nobody sees you coming