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(IQ #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,638 ratings  ·  373 reviews
Isaiah Quintabe--IQ for short--has never been more successful, or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him so notorious that he can hardly go to the corner store without being recognized. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ's PI business some real legitimacy: a Facebook ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Mulholland Books
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Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
“Get ready, son,...Cause Karma’s about to kick your ass.”

Blackmail, conspiracy, and an awkwardly sweet romance are at the forefront of Wrecked, the third book in the IQ series. This is a fast-paced, action-packed mystery filled with quirky loveable characters and intriguing cases.

The 3rd book in the IQ series finds Isaiah Quintabe, a.k.a. Sherlock from the Hood, no longer consumed with avenging his brother’s murder. Now business partners with Dodson, Isaiah’s attention is diverted by a woman
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a joy to return to East Long Beach, Los Angeles and our black, from the hood, Sherlock Holmes, aka IQ , Isiah Quintabe, in this, the third in the series by Joe Ide. Isiah is famous in his neighbourhood for solving cases for the community, but his clientele are poor, so it is rare for him to be paid in cash, instead he is rewarded with a range of bartered goods and services. His Watson, Juanell Dodson, has sold his half of the food van business to his partner, Deronda, who has turned it into ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio

I really enjoy this series and find it one of the most refreshing to listen to. Sullivan Jones just does a superb job as the narrator.

Dodson and IQ are now partners. In my mind, Dodson comes across as a young Kevin Hart. He steals the scenes. There’s a lot of humor in these books and more often than not, it involves Dodson.

IQ is lonely. As luck would have it, the gal he is interested in, who doesn’t seem at all interested back, hires him to find her mother. Things quickly heat up and things
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it

In this 3rd book in the 'IQ' series, the sleuth is hired to find a woman who ran off ten years ago. The book could be read as a standalone but it's much better to read the novels in order.


Isaiah Quintabe - nicknamed IQ - is a self-styled, black sleuth in the Los Angeles hood. IQ's cases usually involve things like thefts, break-ins, runaway children, domestic violence, bullies, and conmen, and he often gets paid with homegrown vegetables, cookies, house cleaning chores, and the like.

IQ is
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ) can be likened to a modern day Sherlock Holmes, such is his superior intellect and heightened powers of deduction which are comparable to the renowned PI of early crime fiction. While his sidekick, Dodson isn't quite Sherlock's Watson, he's a great character and a perfect fit for IQ; both in his ability to help (and at times hinder) an investigation while also providing a humorous outlet for the often dire situations the duo find themselves in.

In Wrecked, the third IQ
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is Ide’s third offering in the IQ detective series. Welcome to East Long Beach, a desolate part of Los Angeles dominated by liquor stores, auto shops, and taco places. IQ uses his deductive reasoning, a la Sherlock Holmes, to solve crimes for the poor people in the neighborhood. In return, they pay him in goods and services versus hard cash.

Ide has chosen to move away from the neighborhood and pits Isaiah Quintabe against a CIA sadist who took part in Abu Ghraib. As you may have guessed,
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
I still like IQ, the colorful characters and the sharp, fast dialogue, but this book is a hyper violent torture fest. The first book was so good, but I think the prospect of filming this series has hurt it. There is too much emphasis on action. I realize that a lot of people love that, but I am not one of them.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
The interesting start is wasted by fraying off into many directions and culminating to a tragic end. 3 of 10 stars
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It doesn’t usually take me this long to finish an IQ mystery. I tore through the two previous books in a day or so.

“Wrecked” was different.

From the very beginning, this was obviously a very different book than “IQ” or “Righteous.” It’s a wild ride, of course, which we’ve come to expect from Joe Ide: Isaiah solves complex problems in his inimitable fashion, Dodson tries to solve a problem on his own, and as always, we have a fascinating ensemble of supporting characters — we all know the drill.
Tom Swift
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd installment of the IQ series. IQ is a young man in South Central LA who solves crimes as a private detective. He is the
Sherlock Holmes of the hood. Fun, fresh series.
Maine Colonial
I liked the first two books in the IQ series, IQ and Righteous, but this one was a lot harder for me to like because of the repeated, detailed descriptions of torture. I’m also a mystery lover, and there really wasn’t much of any mystery in this book. It starts out as a missing-persons case, but it’s not really about that, because it immediately explodes into nonstop violent action, with a dangerous group of disgraced former military and law enforcement coming after Isaiah’s client and, of ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Story opens with a prologue bringing the reader back to things past, from real world news, ones of past horrors and Abu Ghraib, men and women part of those terrible images of degradation. The first chapter shifts to IQ and his management of business as a pi and trying to get some more monies in, with social media and such, he needs some changes to do and so partnering up with Dodson.

With a new client he finds himself amidst art and trying to feel
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-borrowed
IQ Returns For A Third Adventure

Some private eyes are cool, calm, and collected like Humphrey Bogart. Others are like Mike Hammer with an outstretched arm and a .45 ready to explode in violence. Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ) is yer a third type of private eye. He’s a young, unworldly, deductive genius who helps out folks in his east Long Beach neighborhood. In this third IQ novel, there are both strains of IQ’s unique computer-like deductive reasonings, action-Packed thriller parts with a team of
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best in the series. But you have to read the first two outstanding entries before starting this. Characters from the earlier entries reappear, plot threads from the previous entries are neatly wrapped up. Justice prevails.

I’ll try to write a more coherent review post-Christmas Holidays.

Highest recommendation!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, thriller

The concept of a Holmes type sleuth in the ghetto exchanging solutions to mysteries for home baked goods was what drew me to this series, it felt like a unique setting and voice in a densely populated crime/thriller field. However, there was little to no sleuthing in this outing and it felt more like a generic thriller than what I was hoping for.

The characters are still fun to read about but it felt like little to no progression was made with them over this book and the romance aspect
Keenan Powell
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, thriller, crime
Isaiah Quintabe (IQ), a young private investigator, is smarter than everyone else. He serves his Long Beach community by solving his neighbor’s problems, and he is very good at it – but not so good at getting paid, often as not accepting trade or goods in lieu of money. While he’s still waiting on a promised reindeer sweater, his long-time running buddy Dodson offers to join the otherwise successful one-man agency and turn it into a profitable enterprise while at the same time solving his own ...more
Brenda A
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelf-awareness
Wrecked is pretty much nonstop action the moment all of the main characters are introduced. It packs a punch and had awesome plot progression.

Basically, it’s a battle between a team of giant assholes—who literally raped and tortured and killed on a regular basis—and Isaiah and his team. The baddies are especially bad and my god I wanted all of them dead after what they did and said. The author definitely had a sense of justice because I would’ve rioted if they hadn’t gotten their comeuppance.

The Real Book Spy
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Private Investigator Isaiah “IQ” Quintabe is back for another adventure in Joe Ide’s (Righteous, 2017) exceptional third novel.

IQ’s Long Beach-based PI firm has officially taken off. However, while Quintabe’s popularity soars, his bank account apparently never gets the memo. While solving all the problems in his neighborhood has him well-liked by everyone in the area, IQ’s reputation for taking non-money forms of payment has gotten around. That’s great if you’re in need of a Christmas sweater,
Georges M
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joe Ide was kind enough to send me an ARC of this title. I own his previous two books, with the same protagonist (IQ).

The first two books were fairly quick reads .... the first one, however, had a lot of 'hood slang talk, which I had trouble with at first. By the time this 3rd volume was in my hands, I had the hang of it.

This volume was far more "busy" than the other two. Many subplots, much more "humanness", a developing love relationship, observations regarding racial relations, fatherhood, a
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
IQ is a poster child for series that start to follow the law of diminishing returs the longer they go on. This is the kind of formulaic, middling book I would have loved a decade ago, tolerated a couple of years ago but don't really have the patience to sift through now. I have read/seen too many versions of this story too many times - Generic hero has to save soulmate from generic villains. The formula can work but it helps if every character in the story is not braindead like they are in ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5-Stars. Terrific fun throughout. Once again Joe Ide thrills and entertains!

Time has passed, IQ and Dodson have had successes, one of which comes back to haunt them in the lesser of the two main plots of Wrecked

The other is a solidly constructed "missing person" case, more complicated than it looks. Ide confidently draws these characters, presents his usual excellent and sharp dialogue, and moves to a very satisfying conclusion for both plots. Toss in some sub-plots with previous villains and
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it

Dear Mr. Ide,

Thank you for another badass read with mystery, action, love, and loneliness. I adore Isaiah Quintabe (IQ). He can make me smile, laugh, sad, and think—and often times all at once! Wrecked, your third book in the IQ series, felt more like a Grace book to me though. The other characters hijacked the story in this one. I like hearing about and from the full cast of characters in your books, but I needed more time in Isaiah’s head and heart here. Seeing Isaiah’s mind in action is one
Joelle Egan
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Joe Ide delights his many fans again with another exciting entry in his IQ series with Wrecked. Ide’s version of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes in L.A. manages to be creative, funny, touching and thought-provoking. In this third installment, Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) finally gets a chance to reconnect with a mesmerizing girl he encountered at the end of the last novel (Righteous). Although IQ is so perceptive, calm and assured in his sleuthing abilities, he obviously lacks experience and confidence ...more
Rick Molitor
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It nice to have a new fresh character out there like IQ who uses his brain instead of weapons. These books just keep getting better and better.
Paul Wilner
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ide’s best yet. And that’s saying a lot.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Joe Ide once again tells an interesting crime story about people liviing in Southern California. IQ and his business partner seem to get into terrible trouble with little prospect of remuneration. Once again Sullivan Jones does a perfect reading in the audiobook.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Excellent. A little excessively coincidental at times, but that’s uncommon for books of this genre.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

What happens when you share a cup of tea with a person at more than one occasion? You gain knowledge, knowledge on who they are and how they are with you. Through repetition you notice the little things that make them special, whether it is in a good light or not. It’s this process of getting to know the person that becomes valuable as you change in your way of behaving around that person and start to have a better idea of what you can or can’t
Sandy Lenahan
Could not put it down! Excellent writing with loads of action and a sprinkling of humor make book 3 in the IQ series a must read!!!
Geoff Smith
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, novels
The third I.Q. novel is more of the same.

I love Joe Ide. He's such a skillful writer. His description, his similes and his dialogue. I was so looking forward to this, and I saw the reviews from advanced copies, saying it was a bigger, more expansive book, and I thought, wow. this might be I.Q's Long Goodbye - except it wasn't quite that.

It was more of the same - except for me it was not quite so good as either of the first two.

Don't get me wrong. I still loved it. I liked the part where Dodson
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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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