Sunday, December 25, 2016

IQ Review

If you're looking for your next contemporary mystery/detective read, give IQ a go. Truly don't think you'll be sorry you did.

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores.

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.

They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he's forced to take on clients that can pay.

This time, it's a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes. (Synopsis from Amazon)

IQ does exactly what good fiction is supposed to do; engages and takes you away, allowing you to experience, vicariously, a culture and events you likely never could otherwise. In the meantime, you’re meeting memorable characters who invoke an array of emotions.
A good portion of Isaiah’s appeal for me, apart from his formidable mental processes, are his choices and the reasoning behind them. Isaiah, after some missteps, is becoming a man his brother, Marcus, would be proud of.  He’s rising above and taking the high road, difficult though it is at times, and influencing those around him.
Isaiah reminds me of Edward Woodward from the ‘80s television show, The Equalizer. Isaiah is The Equalizer, but with his own unique weaponry. Eccentric, misunderstood by most around him and driven. Isaiah Quintabe aka IQ is one of the most engrossing characters I’ve encountered in quite a while, and I can barely wait to join him on his next case.

5 stars

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