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Wrecked
Wrecked by Joe Ide ~ IQ #3
Synopsis:

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 page, and IQ’s promise to stop accepting Christmas sweaters and carpet cleanings in exchange for PI services.

So when a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it’s not just the case Isaiah’s looking for, but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can’t see coming.

Waiting for Isaiah around every corner is Seb, the Oxford-educated African gangster who was responsible for the death of his brother, Marcus. Only, this time, Isaiah’s not alone. Joined by a new love interest and his familiar band of accomplices, IQ is back – and the adventures are better than ever.

Wrecked/IQ Playlist:

For the US release of Wrecked, knowing I couldn’t blog a review. I decided to host something a little bit different and I HOPE unique!
This is my Wrecked/IQ playlist…………

1) 2pac – Never Had A Friend Like Me
Perfect IQ & Dodson track.
To me this was the easiest choice, The series had to have a 2pac track and this one perfectly sums up the relationship between IQ & Dodson!

2) Drake – Take Care feat Rihanna
Perfect IQ & Grace song! ~ Don’t wish to accidentally provide spoilers, so I guess you’ll have to check back once you’ve read Wrecked!

3) Warren G – Regulate feat Nate Dogg
This would illustrate the world IQ lives in.

4) Mobb Deep – Survival Of The Fittest.
This is the perfect track for WRECKED as an individual title.
I LOVE this song!
This is my favourite on the list!

5) Dr.Dre – The Message feat Mary J Blige
Perfect IQ & Marcus track.
Covers the pain of bereavement of a brother.

***This playlist is NOT endorsed by the author/publishers, nor was I paid to compile it.
It is simply just a blogger/fan playlist to share on social media platforms, to celebrate the release of Wrecked and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and recommendations too***
*please feel free to add song titles/artists to the comments section below*

Other Titles in the series…..
IQ
IQ by Joe Ide ~ IQ #1
Synopsis:

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA JOHN CREASEY (new blood) DAGGER

THE TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH: ‘Full of humour, originality and high-quality writing’

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, the elderly are being mugged, children go missing. But word has spread: if you’ve got a case the police can’t – or won’t – touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. His clients pay him whatever they can afford, a new set of tyres or some homemade muffins. But now he needs a client who can pay. And the only way to that client is through a jive-talking, low-life drug dealer he thought he’d left behind. Then there’s the case itself. A drug-addled rap star surrounded by a crew of flunkies who believes his life is in danger; and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. If he solves this case, IQ can put right a mistake he made long ago. If not it won’t just be the hit man coming after him …

WINNER of the ANTHONY AWARD for Best Debut, the SHAMUS AWARD for BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL. the MACAVITY AWARD for Best First Novel; SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 EDGAR AWARD and STRAND CRITICS AWARD.

Righteous
Righteous by Joe Ide ~ IQ #2
Synopsis:

‘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?

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Wrecked

***Wrecked is released in the US today in BOTH hardback & audio format ~
Ebook format is available from 11th Oct***

***Wrecked is released in the UK in BOTH Audio and Ebook format on 11th Oct ~ Hardback is available on 21st Feb 2019***
*At time of blog post*

HAPPY READING! 

#GIVEAWAY #IQ & #Righteous by @JoeIdeTweets UK only #CrimeFiction #IsaiahQuintabe #LA #Sleuth @orion_crime @mulhollandbooks @wnbooks

Today on the blog I have a giveaway for a copy of both IQ and Righteous (UK only). To be in with a chance of winning simply RT the pinned Tweet, comment on the original post on Facebook at Anne Bonny Book Reviews or leave a comment on the blog post below! I will leave the #Giveaway open all weekend and draw the winner on Monday.
Good Luck!

Here’s what is up for grabs!

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IQ by Joe Ide
Synopsis:

WINNER of the ANTHONY AWARD for Best Debut, the SHAMUS AWARD for BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL. the MACAVITY AWARD for Best First Novel; SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 EDGAR AWARD and STRAND CRITICS AWARD.

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, the elderly are being mugged, children go missing. But word has spread: if you’ve got a case the police can’t – or won’t – touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. His clients pay him whatever they can afford, a new set of tyres or some homemade muffins. But now he needs a client who can pay. And the only way to that client is through a jive-talking, low-life drug dealer he thought he’d left behind. Then there’s the case itself. A drug-addled rap star surrounded by a crew of flunkies who believes his life is in danger; and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. If he solves this case, IQ can put right a mistake he made long ago. If not it won’t just be the hit man coming after him …
See my review HERE
Q&A with Joe Ide

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Righteous by Joe Ide
Synopsis:

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?
See my review HERE

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@poisonedpen #FBLiveBookEvent Nov 2nd @Connellybooks @JoeIdeTweets #Bosch #IQ #AwardWinning #CrimeFiction

From my research and following certain authors careers and events. Also desperately trying to source, signed copies of American authors. I discovered this AMAZING book store in the US. They regularly run book events, they sell and distribute signed copies worldwide and they even, live stream their book events!!!!!
What more could a bookworm or book blogger ask for?

The rates for P&P/shipping are reasonable and their selection of signed copies is immense! Not only that, but by offering the reader the opportunity to live view the event! You don’t miss out no matter where you happen to live!

The event I have chosen to feature on my blog, is as recently as yesterday!
Thursday 2nd November, the Poisoned Pen Bookstore welcomed two award winning, crime fiction authors, Michael Connelly & Joe Ide.

To view the events live stream click the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/238297496213972/videos/1607459699297738/
Isn’t this an amazing idea! To catch all their events via live stream, just like their Facebook page!

Now, lets talk about the novels!
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Two Kinds Of Truth by Michael Connelly
Synopsis:

The brand new Harry Bosch thriller. Crime fiction doesn’t get any better than this

Harry Bosch works cold cases, helping out the under-funded San Fernando police department. When a double murder at a local pharmacy is called in, Bosch is the most seasoned detective on the scene.

But with experience, come the ghosts of long-forgotten crimes. A death row inmate claims Bosch framed him, and that new DNA evidence proves it.

The LAPD investigators say the case is watertight, leaving Bosch out in the wilderness to clear his name and keep a sadistic killer behind bars.

There’s only one person he can trust to help prove his innocence: Micky Haller.

As both cases tangle around him, Bosch learns there are two kinds of truth: the kind that won’t die and the kind that kills.

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Righteous by Joe Ide
Synopsis:

‘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?

*Righteous is also nominated in the Goodreads choice awards 2017 for best mystery/thriller vote here:
https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2017?int=gca_sa

 

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The Poisoned Pen book store details
Web site: https://poisonedpen.com/
Web store: https://store.poisonedpen.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Poisoned-Pen-Bookstore-238297496213972/
Twitter: @poisonedpen

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Michael Connelly
website: https://www.michaelconnelly.com/
Twitter: @Connellybooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelConnellyBooks/

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Joe Ide
Website: https://www.joeide.com/
Twitter: @JoeIdeTweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joeidebooks/

***** I myself have ordered signed copies of IQ & Righteous by Joe Ide and Bring Her Home by David Bell. Once I receive my order, I shall blog about my new books and what The Poisoned Pen book store, are up to, in the run up to Christmas *****

#NewRelease #Review 5* Genius #Righteous by @JoeIdeTweets @wnbooks @mulhollandbooks #FanGirl

*I received an arc via the publisher in the USA in return for an honest review*

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Righteous by Joe Ide
Synopsis:

‘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/

My review:

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!

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Joe Ide
Authors links:
Website: https://www.joeide.com/
Twitter: @JoeIdeTweets
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14958880.Joe_Ide
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joeidebooks/

*Righteous is released in the UK today! I wish the author much success with its release. Happy UK publication day Joe Ide!*

 

 

Q&A with Edgar Award Nominee Joe Ide, author of IQ

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Joe Ide is the author of the phenomenal debut novel IQ. The novel has recently been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe award for best first novel. Joe has kindly agreed to a Q&A on my blog.

Synopsis of IQ:

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders unsolved, OAPs are getting hoodwinked, children are missing. But word has spread: if you’ve got a case the police can’t or won’t touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.

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 tyres or some homemade muffins. But now he needs a client who can pay. And the only way to that client is through a jive-talking, low-life drug dealer he thought he’d left behind. Then there’s the case    itself. A drug-addled rap star surrounded by a crew of flunkies who believes his life is in danger; a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic; and a monster killer dog. If he solves this case, IQ can put right a mistake he made long ago. If he doesn’t, it won’t just be the hit man coming after him…

Q&A:

Q) Joe, please feel to tell the readers a bit about yourself?

A) My grandparents lived in South Central because of its proximity to Little Tokyo and my family lived with them because my folks were just scraping by.   My grandparents were very old world and isolated. They spoke almost no English and although they’d lived in the same house for decades, they knew none of their neighbours.   My grandmother wore kimonos around the house and kept a Japanese garden. My grandfather was an authority on samurai swords.

My parents were fluent in both English and Japanese. My Mom was a secretary and my Dad worked at a community center. They aspired to be middle class mainstream and live in the suburbs and that’s the life they wanted for their kids. But me and my three brothers had adapted to the neighborhood. Most of our friends were black so naturally we co-opted their speech, style, attitudes and musical tastes. As you can imagine, there was a fair bit of culture clash in the Ide household. The situation was made even more confusing by my grandparents and parents because they insisted we maintain a connection to our cultural heritage which never really worked out the way they’d hoped. I was kicked out of Japanese school. I was kicked out of judo, both times for sleeping. (I’ve been asked how it’s possible to get kicked out of judo for sleeping. The answer is quite simple. Don’t come out of the locker room, find a cosy corner and there you are). My older brother was booted out of a Japanese Boy Scout Troop for buying his merit badges. (The whole Boy Scout ethos seems to have eluded him.) That unsettling mishmash of influences left me with something of an identity problem. I wasn’t black, I wasn’t white, I was pretty far from being Japanese. I felt like a misfit, a label I carry contentedly to this day. .

 

Q) I absolutely loved this novel, it is everything I have been calling for in terms of new talent and a unique concept with lots of diversity. As stated above you debut novel has been nominated for an Edgar. Talk us through the process from idea to publication to nomination?

A) When I first thought about writing a book, the question was, a book about what? I didn’t have enough expertise or interest in any one subject to write non-fiction, my life was hardly worth a memoir so a novel seemed like the best choice. Since it was my first book, I thought it best to stay within my wheelhouse. As a kid, my favourite books were the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I read all fifty six stories and four novels multiple times.   I was fascinated with the character. Like me, he was an introvert that didn’t fit in, but unlike me, he defeated his enemies and controlled his world, with just his brains. I was a small kid in a big neighbourhood and that idea affected me deeply.  Since IQ was my first novel, I thought it best to follow the old adage, write what you know. A Sherlockian character was the only thing that occurred to me. I was also comfortable writing about the inner city and wah lah, Sherlock in the hood was born.

            I wrote the book in complete and total obscurity. I didn’t know any agents or anybody in publishing. I was only hoping I wouldn’t have to self-publish and flog copies in the doggie park. When I finished the manuscript, I sent it out to readers, one of whom is my cousin, Francis Fukuyama. He’s a world renowned political scientist. He was the one that predicted the fall of the Soviet Union, his books and publications are required reading in his field, and he’s on the board at Rand. (One of those guys you can’t believe you share DNA with.) To my surprise, he liked the book and offered to give it to his agent, Esther Newberg – who is arguably the top literary agent in New York, and miraculously, she liked the book too. Powerhouse that Esther is, she sold it to Little Brown in a couple of weeks and a few weeks later, it was optioned for TV. (Talk about a run of luck).   When the reviews came in, I was incredibly flattered, but mostly I was incredulous. Because of the circumstances under which I wrote it, it was a little cooking dinner for your family and winning a James Beard Award. The Edgar nomination came out of the blue.   I had no idea the publisher had even put me up for it.

Q) I am a huge fan of Walter Mosley, who won last year’s Grand Master Edgar. Some in the industry have speculated long overdue. Do you think attitudes are changing? Are books with a diverse narrative becoming more popular in their respective genres?

A) I think social awareness has helped the cause but it’s also about the quality the book. Walter Moseley and Toni Morrison’s books would be read no matter what the ethnicity of the characters. Conversely, a lousy book is a lousy book no matter who writes it.

Q) The novel has themes of rap music and rap moguls. Are you yourself a fan of rap music? and if so what are your favourite rappers/songs?

A) I am not a rap fan. It wasn’t the music I grew up with so I have no emotional connection to it, any more than I do with classical music. I have a few older albums in my collection. Notorious B.I.G, All Eyez On Me, The Chronic. Anything after that I had to research.

Q) Who are your favourite authors? What are your most loved and recommended novels?

A) Walter Moseley, Chester Himes, Elmore Leonard, John LeCarre, William Gibson, Toni Morrison, Don Winslow and the list goes on. Books? Too many to list.

Q) This is the question I am dying to know the answer to! Is IQ a series? And can we have any glimpses into what is to come in book 2?

A) Book 2, titled “Righteous” will be out this October. Isaiah, Dodson and Deronda will be back, Isaiah will develop a love interest, and of course, there’s a new, big case, and new bad guys (one of them is seven feet tall).

*Thank you Joe Ide so much for being part of this Q&A on my blog. It is hugely appreciated. I wish you the very best of luck with your novel and your Edgar nomination.

Learn more about Joe Ide: www.joeide.com