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Righteous

(IQ #2)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  4,429 ratings  ·  648 reviews
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 statu ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Mulholland Books
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Clare I think the narrator is fabulous. He really made me feel that he was Isaiah. I also love how he voiced Dodson. He was great with all the different…moreI think the narrator is fabulous. He really made me feel that he was Isaiah. I also love how he voiced Dodson. He was great with all the different accents and vernacular’s and had the ability to make each character unique. I would love to hear more books that he narrates. (less)
Rubee Bailey The author does a good job of explaining some of the events and characters from the first book, so you don't necessarily HAVE to read them in order.…moreThe author does a good job of explaining some of the events and characters from the first book, so you don't necessarily HAVE to read them in order. However, the relationship between IQ and Dodson makes more sense if you read book 1 first.(less)
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carol.
This is a good book; don't let my rating fool you. After all, what are ratings? A momentary reflection on the enjoyment of a read, a statement on the overall quality of the book, an assessment of value, or a comparison to an author's other works? On any given day, I may rate according to any one of those things, while attempting to explain why in my review. Onward, then.

Isiah, known locally as 'IQ,' is contacted out of the blue by Sarita, the woman who had been dating his brother in the years be
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Paromjit
I had such high expectations for this sequel to IQ that I was afraid of being disappointed. My fears drifted away as I began to read, in fact I would venture to suggest that this book is even better, Joe Ide's writing has developed to give us two seamless stories running parallel in the narrative, that come together through the introduction of Sarita, the dead Marcus's girlfriend, over whom Isiah had an all consuming crush on. After it had almost destroyed him, Isiah had dropped his search for t ...more
Meredith
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

*In order to fully appreciate Righteous, read IQ first!*

IQ, aka Sherlock from the Hood, aka Isaiah Quintabe is back in Righteous to avenge his brother Marcus’s murder. This second book in the series does not disappoint! If anything, it’s even better than book one. Filled with angst, pain, intelligence and humor Righteous is more than a PI novel--it’s about friendships, complicated relationships, and personal connections.


This is a quick read, but there’s a lot going on: two cases, lot
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Liz
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The writing here just crackles and sparks. Ide has a way of expressing himself that’s different from everyone else. I can picture these scenes so clearly. And having listened to the first book, I still have those voices in my head.

Right off the bat, IQ finds the car that hit and killed his brother, Marcus, years ago. And that leads to a major revelation.

He’s also been contacted by Marcus’ old girlfriend, Sarita, asking for help with her half- sister, who has a major gambling addiction. In an e
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Barbara
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bayb-2018

This is the second book in Joe Ide's "IQ" series, about Isaiah Quintabe (nicknamed IQ) - a brilliant twentysomething investigator who uses Sherlock Holmes-like insights to resolve his cases. IQ, who lives and works around Los Angeles, generally takes local jobs like getting a bully to stop bothering the science club kids and warning off an abusive spouse. Many of IQ's clients are financially strapped, so they pay in baked goods, produce, chickens, and the like.

Isaiah idolized his older brother
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Kemper
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. At least that’s the general rule, but unfortunately if you cross a Chinese triad it may not apply.

Isaiah Quintabe (a/k/a IQ) is a brilliant young man who acts as an informal private detective and problem solver which has earned him a lot of respect from the people of his neighborhood in East Long Beach, but he’s haunted by the death of his big brother Marcus who was killed by a hit-and-run driver who was never caught. Marcus’ old girlfriend contacts Isaiah l
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Faith
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
I suggest reading "IQ", the first book in this series, before reading this book. Not because the stories are dependent on each other but because the first book was very original and introduced the wonderful character Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) who was Sherlock Holmes with more wit. Without that intro you might not get as much pleasure from reading "Righteous". In this book Isaiah is still trying to track down the driver who killed his brother Marcus in a hit and run a few years ago. Isaiah suspects th ...more
Andrew Smith
I can only speak as I find, I was really disappointed with this book. I’d enjoyed the first episode in this series IQ (IQ #1): I thought it fresh and funny and I liked the characters of Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) and his henchman Dodson. IQ was a bright lad who, struggling to overcome the death of his revered brother, had dropped out of school to take up various odd jobs before turning his attention to looking into crimes the police weren’t interested in – sometimes getting paid for his efforts and s ...more
Josh
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Righteous, the second novel in the modern urban Sherlock Holmes-like series featuring the talented and super smart Isaiah Quintabe also known as IQ, sees the likable protagonist somewhat less-self assured and vulnerable than in its predecessor. The death of his older brother, Marcus, still a raw wound that fails to heal, only this time 'round, Isaiah is doing something about it.

Exploring the darker corners of the criminal underworld, Isaiah and his sometime sidekick, Dodson, duke it out with ga
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Eric
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Righteous is the second novel involving Joe Ide's Isaiah Quintabe character in the follow up to his first novel IQ.

It is strongly suggested to readers to pick up IQ before reading Righteous and if readers do, readers will find themselves in for a crime fiction treat.

Righteous picks up right after the ending to IQ and follows Isaiah Quintabe, a modern-day, urban-savant amateur detective, as he tries to unravel the history behind his brother's hit and run death while trying to help his brother's
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William
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! Wonderful! Another bling-noir roller-coaster ride from Joe Ide! FIVE STARS

Like the first I.Q. book, there are two stories here, in two time-frames, nicely intermingled by Ide. In the first, Isaiah realises that he must pursue the events of Marcus' death, and in the second story, Isaiah and Dodson are perfectly mis-matched, and off and running to save the day for the wayward Janine in Las Vegas.

Things get ever more complex, with Ide's insightful and horrifying look into the underworld
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Nigel
2.5 stars, rounded up - 5/10 or just a pass
Overall a pretty disappointing follow up to the first book in this series. Pretty lacklustre, disjointed plot, but the main problem was that IQ is simply not as likeable as in the first book. Not as smart, also whiny and slightly pathetic.
Still just readable, although it was close
Richard
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, thriller
7/10

An enjoyable read that didn't quite live up to the first in the series but still provided enough entertainment to make it a worthy read.

What made the first book enjoyable is still here but that doesn't feel overly fresh either now. IQ is still an interesting main character and comes up against a number of foes here but with the help of his trusty sidekick/partner they manage to struggle through.

I didn't feel there were masses of surprises but enough to keep me reading and curious as to how
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Pat
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Book #2 in the IQ series. In this installment, Isaiah Quintinabe (IQ) is still trying to find out what happened in the hit and run death of his brother Marcus. He receives a phone call from Marcus's old girlfriend Sarita. Her sister, Janine, may be in some trouble in Las Vegas and Sarita wants Isaiah to check on Janine. So begins two storylines, one taking place in Vegas and the other in IQ's neighborhood of LA.

When I first began this novel I was excited to revisit IQ, Dawson and all the
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Rob Twinem
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great characterization and a cracking dialogue It is refreshing to discover something new and exciting under the heading of crime fiction; meet Isaiah Quintabe affectionately known as IQ to his friends. He's a fast talking young man who lives and works in Long Beach California, almost akin to a modern day bounty hunter, who accepts occasional criminal cases as a means to survive. When Sarita the ex girlfriend of his brother Marcus (killed in a hit and run some 10 years previous) asks for his hel ...more
Truman32
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Righteous is the gripping follow-up to Joe Ide’s celebrated 2016 thriller IQ. Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) is still solving crimes and mysteries as an unlicensed private detective in East Long Beach, California. IQ is an inner city investigator; think of a blend between Sherlock Holmes and Mushmouth from Fat Albert’s Junkyard Gang (with much better enunciation and a party-sized smarts). He takes cases from his neighbors—sometimes trading items and services for his methodical and observant deductions. Ot ...more
Rose
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Righteous is Joe Ide’s second book in the IQ series but I liked it better than the first. IQ is Isaah Quintabe’s nickname and he’s known in his neighbourhood for being smart and able to help people. In this instalment, you can see he’s on track to becoming a full fledged private investigator.

There are two alternating storylines that come together in this one. One story is his investigation of his brother’s murder, which he originally thought was a hit and run. The second story is about his searc
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Aditya
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
GR reviews keep making me believe IQ is at least loosely like Holmes, I personally don't see enough to conclude that. These are not mysteries but crime thrillers and a shifting third person perspective that moves from character to character makes it more of an ensemble piece. That is not necessarily a bad thing as IQ is probably the biggest problem with the book.

In Righteous IQ has to solve the mystery of his long dead brother who has been exalted to such an extent over the course of the past bo
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Roy
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. I felt much the same after reading the 1st novel. 2 main story threads eith different time lines. Great nee characters and awesome reading about IQ again. We learn more about his brother, and more about different crime syndicates. I found the first 2/3 was five star quality but the last 1/3 seemed rushed into a conclusion with the typical shoot em up finale. Still a lot of fun.
David Yoon
I had to pick this one up as soon as I finished Joe Ide's debut IQ where we're first introduced to Isiah Quintabe. Righteous picks up shortly after IQ closes and still has that rollicking East LA voice.

This time Isiah finds himself dealing with a Rwandan gangster, Chinese Triads, Mexican gangs, and his brother's ex-fiance Sarita. She's worried about her Vegas DJ sister and her bro-tastic, loser boyfriend as they find themselves over their heads in gambling debt. Ide once again juggles several s
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Dave
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
IQ is Back

IDE’s IQ series is his way of paying homage to Doyle’s immortal creation Sherlock Holmes. Isaiah Quintabe (otherwise known by his initials IQ) is a detective who gets by mainly on his wits not his fists. IQ was a socially-inept genius who tried to help his community in east Long Beach, particularly in the shadow of his older brother Marcus’ early demise by apparently a hit-and-Run driver, a premise IQ has never accepted.

Righteous is the second book in what is now a three-book series
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Ed
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Ide's brilliant sequel to last years "IQ" takes Long Beach, California's young detective Isaiah Quintabe to another level of entertaining crime fiction. By "entertaining", I mean when every paragraph makes you smile with sheer appreciation of the words you're reading. "Entertaining" in this book is a vast understatement and does not begin to do justice to this truly awesome mystery/thriller. The introverted Isaiah is still grieving over the hit and run death of his beloved brother and life m ...more
Laura
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

I am so happy I found this series.

Righteous is book two in Joe Ide’s IQ series. A series that introduced me to Isaiah Quintabe, a detective for his neighborhood of East Long Beach and more. He sees and thinks like no one else! I love how is brain *clicks*clicks*clicks* everything into place. He's quick and dangerous and so much fun to watch. You’ve got see the trouble he gets himself into and the trouble that seems to find him on a daily basis.

Our story flips back and forth between two cases. Bu
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Craig Pittman
I picked up Joe Ide's first book, "IQ", at the LA Times Book Festival last year and devoured it, finishing the whole thing in just two days. That book was a marvel Ide succeeded in creating a modern-day Sherlock Holmes who lives in a believable poor, urban setting and solves real crimes. His follow-up novel, "Righteous," is good, but not as great, and that's largely because his greatest character, feisty hustler Dodson -- who plays the Dr. Watson role to Isaiah "IQ" Quintabe's Holmes -- is off-s ...more
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
This novel had me gripped and from page 57, I already knew, Joe Ide has written another 5* Genius novel!
Isiah aka IQ, for readers new to the series, is the complex protagonist of Joe Ide’s genius novel. IQ is the Sherlock Holmes from the ghetto, with a golden heart and an intellect that outwits and manipulates, to bring justice within his local community of LA. IQ is articulate and was destined for Harvard University when tragedy struck! I am a huge fan of crime fiction and IQ is easily on my l
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Taryn Pierson
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I let this sit a while after finishing it, hoping it would grow on me or I would at least figure out why I wasn't enamored with this second installment the way I was with the first, but I'm still not sure what the problem was. In IQ, Isaiah was weird but relatable and had a strong sense of justice. In Righteous, he seemed to take a hard left into arrogant and uncaring. I also really struggled with the timeline, which jumped forward and back and left me totally lost at times. I'm not the kind of ...more
Katie
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn, I love these books. Truly the freshest take on a gumshoe I've read in a decade.
Lou
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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Tale of two crime syndicates and the search for one truth behind a crime of kin.
A second instalment in the days of a likeable p.i, a real character that just flows with style and originality.
I loved the debut IQ and i had written about that in my review, “There is a real potent voice created by the author Joe Ide, he has crafted a tale about the alternative American dream the other side of the fences tale, a tale of poetic justice in ways, in pursuit o
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Susan Johnson
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This is the second book in the IQ series and is a humdinger. I am a little afraid to walk outside once I realized how extensive the underground criminal world. This has a Chinese triad, a Mexican street gang, a money lender in Las Vegas, and a money launderer in Los Angeles who all must deal with IQ, Isiah, and his friend Dodson in this major case they take on.

IQ's brother, Marcus, was the victim of a hit and run accident but he is convinced it's a hit. He has not been able to cope with the lo
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Madelon
Joe Ide is a storyteller. I can hear you muttering something along the lines of aren't all writers storytellers? The answer is yes and no, and I don't just mean the difference between fiction and non-fiction either. The way I see it, a storyteller gives voice to his or her characters in a way that makes them individual and memorable. In other words, he writes in the oral tradition.

Isaiah Quintabe, IQ, straddles the fine line between what is legal and what is not. His thumb is on the scale toward
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Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles, an economically depressed area with a largely black population. Gangs and street crime were rampant. Like a lot of kids, Joe wanted to belong and his speech, style, musical tastes and attitudes reflected the neighborhood.

His favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. That a person could make his way
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