*I received an arc via the publisher in the USA in return for an honest review*
Righteous by Joe Ide
‘Joe Ide is the best new discovery I’ve come across in a long time’ Michael Connelly
‘In a way, the hate felt good. You were righteous, godlike, the dispenser of justice . . .’
Super-smart sleuth Isaiah Quintabe – IQ to his friends – has built a mostly respectable life for himself, helping out friends and neighbours when he can and taking the occasional case to make ends meet. But there is one mystery that still haunts him almost ten years later – did his brother really die in a hit-and-run or was there more to the story behind his death?
IQ has been approached by his brother’s former girlfriend Sarita, whose younger sister, an erratic DJ and gambling addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas – with a frightening loan shark, Chinese Triad gangsters, and her own deadbeat boyfriend hot on her tail. Accompanied once more by his fast-talking, don’t-call-me-a-sidekick partner Dodson, IQ heads off for the casinos and massage parlours of Las Vegas. His quest takes an unexpected turn when he meets a criminal mastermind who knows something about the murky circumstances that surrounded his brother’s death. But when Isaiah learns the truth, what will he do with it?
I am a huge fan of Joe Ide’s writing style and his IQ series. I am most definitely a #FanGirl of this author & protagonist!
Link to my review of IQ, Joe Ide’s debut novel and #1 in the IQ series here: https://annebonnybookreviews.com/2017/02/12/review-iq-by-joe-ide-5-genius/
Link to my Q&A with Joe Ide, after reading IQ here: https://annebonnybookreviews.com/2017/03/16/qa-with-edgar-award-nominee-joe-ide-author-of-iq/
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 list of favourite characters.
Righteous is the second in the IQ series.
Isiah Quintabe is back, the novel picks up right where it left off. With the discovery of the car used in the hit and run that killed Isiah’s big brother Marcus. This leads Isiah into a path of revenge and the dying need for vigilante justice. Within this plot we see another side to Isiah, one not yet explored we see his self-reasoning and questioning as he struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding his brother’s death.
Aside from his own personal situation, he has an ongoing case, one that will similarly lead right to the heart of the consequences of violence! After receiving a call from Sarita (Marcus’s girlfriend at time of his death); he is thrust into a complex case involving gambling debts/addiction, human trafficking, gangs, violence and ultimately gang warfare. The characters surrounding the many different gangs are exceptionally well written. They all have depth, a back story and are incredibly iconic. This is a case where we see IQ with his back against the wall. Gangs are notoriously known for being built upon secrecy, violence and loyalty.
Where betrayal is a capital crime and violence is meted out with ease.
An environment where gangbangers are always scheming and threatening, so who can you trust?
The novel goes on to explain how and why gangs are formed and the inner working of triads, cartels and street gangs. But this is done within the story telling from a variety of perspectives. I felt as though I was in LA/Vegas watching it all unfold. Throughout this novel, I had an enduring feeling IQ would suffer emotionally upon the discovery of Marcus’s past and the facts surrounding his death.
This kept tension throughout the novel and moved me to tears at times.
Don’t think because this is an action packed read, it lacks an emotional edge!
This novel is not only a sensational read, I found its message rather inspiring.
Violence begets violence and harms all it touches.
I highly recommend this novel 5* Genius!
*Righteous is released in the UK today! I wish the author much success with its release. Happy UK publication day Joe Ide!*