Righteous (IQ, #2)
In this hotly anticipated follow-up to the smash hit IQ, a New York Times Critics' Best of the Year and nominee for the Best First Novel Edgar Award, Isaiah uncovers a secret behind the death of his brother, Marcus. 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 status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again-or lose his mind. A case takes him and his volatile, dubious sidekick, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsters and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a DJ and her screwball boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn't find the two first, they'll be murdered. Awaiting the outcome is the love of IQ's life: fail, and he'll lose her. Isaiah's quest is fraught with treachery, menace, and startling twists, and it will lead him to the mastermind behind his brother's death, Isaiah's own sinister Moriarty. With even more action, suspense, and mind-bending mysteries than Isaiah's first adventures, Righteous is a rollicking, ingenious thrill ride.

Righteous (IQ, #2) Details

TitleRighteous (IQ, #2)
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ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherMulholland Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Audiobook, Hard Boiled, Suspense

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Righteous (IQ, #2) Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the hit and run driver responsible for the death of Marcus, but the pain and intense grief has never left him. Upon locating the car used in the hit and run, Isiah is back on the trail, burning with revenge, hate and righteous anger, convinced his brother was murdered. Sarita calls IQ asking for help for her half sister, Janine, and her weak willed boyfriend, Benny, both gambling addicts. Their lives are on the line with trouble from a loan shark, Leo, and the 14K Triad, whom Benny had ill advisedly tried to blackmail.Isiah has acquired a pitbull, and is helping the locals in the poverty stricken Long Beach area of LA. However, he is feeling out of sorts when Sarita calls him. He jumps at the opportunity to help, daydreaming about himself and Sarita getting together and the rosy future they would have. We get reacquainted with Dodson, whose girlfriend, Cherise is now pregnant, Deronda, TK and others. Isiah and Dodson go to Vegas only to encounter mayhem, violence, Chinese gangs and the ugly side of life such as human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Add to this volatile mix a Mexican gang, run by the entrepreneurial Manzo, attempting to modernise and lift it out of the ghetto, yet still dogged with members holding on to their brutal history and instincts. IQ and Dodson fight their way through a trail of death and destruction in their efforts to save Janine, Benny and Ken, Sarita's father. Seb, a Rwandan civil war survivor who has remade himself in the US, finds himself a person of interest to Isiah as he digs deep to ascertain his connection to Marcus. Joe Ide delivers a tale full of allusions from the original Sherlock Holmes stories, told with wit, warmth and humour. It is written with vibrant prose and fantastic dialogue. It is a intricate story with psychological depth in its character studies, such as Isiah desperately trying to rise above the hate that is eating him up, and tuning into the most emotionally vulnerable side of a person to destroy them. Isiah has serious issues that he is forced to confront and address, his lack of social skills and difficulties in making relationships and so much more. There is nothing superficial in either the storylines or in any of the characters as they are developed. It is this complexity that marks Joe Ide as a gifted author writing this unique and barnstorming series. Cannot wait for the next in the series! Simply Superb and highly recommended. Many thanks to Orion for an ARC.
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  • William
    January 1, 1970
    Fabulous! Wonderful! Another bling-noir roller-coaster ride from Joe Ide! 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 of L.A. gan Fabulous! Wonderful! Another bling-noir roller-coaster ride from Joe Ide! 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 of L.A. gangs and Las Vegas Triads. The insight about President Bush's good intentions towards the oppressed of China triggering an increasing horror in the USA was quite depressing.Throughout, Isaiah is a spectacular bling-noir gumshoe, and the prose and dialogue are top notch. For the first 2/3 of the book the pace is blistering and often hilarious. I was grinning like a madman!(view spoiler)[ I very, very much disliked Dodson's actions before the shootout at the end. (hide spoiler)]The ending contains the obligatory, somewhat clichéd and cockeyed shoot-out (not sure why this is obligatory in so many noir books these days) followed by a kind of epilogue was not-dump with some painful realisations for Isaiah about his life and future. Since we love Isaiah, we stand with him as he grows, and as he finds a little ray of hope on the last page. Wonderful.My notes and quotes:38% ... Wow ...He’d never experienced hate before. It was like an ulcer growing on a tumor, festering and stinking. Late at night or between dreams and sleep, he’d get into it, bathing in the venom, wallowing in thoughts of revenge. In a way, the hate felt good. You were righteous, godlike, the dispenser of justice. Hate dispelled your fears and forged every disappointment, setback, loss, humiliation, and failure that ever happened to you into one massive steel sledgehammer of rage, poised to obliterate, and for one brief, purifying moment, give you relief.1.0% "If there were ever two words that had no meaning they were moving on. Sorrow isn’t a place you can leave behind. It’s part of you." 2.0% ".... Isaiah had a Google Earth map of East Long Beach inside his head with landmarks for every gang turf, crack house, flophouse, bar, dance hall, pool hall, drug corner, hooker stroll, murder scene, sex offender, abandoned building, liquor store, and park in the area." 5.0% ".... Rap music was pounding like it was trying to break a window and get out of the car. Isaiah wasn’t a fan of rap to begin with but this had accordions and trumpets in it and sounded like some pissed-off Mexicans shouting over a polka band. " 7.0% .... WOW, what a rhythm! Delicious prose, the poetry of the 'hood! 15.0% ... "Come on, you must be a little excited,” Isaiah said [about Dodson having a baby]. “Yeah, I suppose. I can see myself doing things with a kid. Teach him to shoot craps, roll a dub, help him pick out a gang to join—don’t tell Cherise I said that.” 25.0% .... Hahaaahahaahhaa Zhi was Tommy’s internet whiz. If you were mute, illiterate, and living in the Gobi desert, Zhi could find out what rock you were sleeping under and what kinds of scorpions you ate. 26.0% .... Vegas was his world—or more like his natural environment. If he left he’d be like one of those killer whales at SeaWorld that goes berserk because it’s not in the ocean. 28.0% ... Wow, the fight scene in chapter 5 is fabulous and fun! Woot! 35.0% .... omg this book is so much fun! Hurray, Ide! 70.0% ... the story of how Leo acquired Zar is hilarious!
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  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 that this wasn't an accident but, since Marcus was almost saintly, the motive for this isn't apparent. He also agrees to help extricate the sister of a friend from some serious trouble that she has gotten into in Las Vegas. I thought that this book lacked focus. There was too much going on here, too many fight scenes and too many characters. The dialogue appealed to me more than the complex plot. Maybe the author felt the need to up the action because I think the series was sold for television. There are loan sharks, gambling addiction, Chinese gangsters, African gangsters, Mexican gangsters, drug dealers, prostitution, money laundering and more. There is also a somewhat tedious side trip to the courtship of one of Isaiah's friends.I hope that there is going to be more to this series because I still love Isaiah and this author is very good, but this book didn't quite live up to the first one for me.
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  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    January 1, 1970
    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 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! *A Q&A is also available for the author on my blog annebonnybookreviews.wordpress.com search Joe Ide. My review for IQ #1 in the series can also be found.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    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 of happinesses and what people in the concret 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 of happinesses and what people in the concrete jungle will do for it.”Here we have some of the same.The same sharp writing with potent prose, the same bang on dialogue and clear scenes, that has you being there in the thick of of it all, and the same social commentary of which is a good thing.The author has a great way with writing with humour and similes , “Manzo backhanded her so hard her head did a Linda Blair, and she collapsed like somebody had yanked out her skeleton.”Here is a peak at the main protagonist the p.i, Isaiah, describing himself, in a scene, “He looked his age, twenty-six; six feet tall and slim, maybe an athlete, maybe not. You’d choose him third for pickup basketball. His face surprised him, so watchful and serious. A girl once told him he looked like he was waiting for bad weather. He thought his nose was too broad, and his lips were too thick. It embarrassed him to think like that. He looked okay but just."He is still a p.i that relaxes, "......he sat in his easy chair, drinking an espresso and listening to Segovia.”The narrative shifts with chapters between past and present.Dialogue with its profanities at times, real dialogue of the denizens of the tale, story pace has no bore and many things going on, mucho goings on than the debut.Review its excerpts @ https://more2read.com/review/righteous-joe-ide/
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Damn, I love these books. Truly the freshest take on a gumshoe I've read in a decade.
  • Pop Culture Nerd
    January 1, 1970
    Joe Ide’s RIGHTEOUS, the follow-up to his multiple award nominee IQ, made me laugh one minute, punched me in the gut the next. It's entertaining and suspenseful and shows how light can come from dark places while love can steer you wrong. Left me thinking about human nature and how beauty and ugliness and cruelty and mercy coexist sometimes. In other words, you get a lot in one tight package.Isaiah and Dodson and the rest of Ide's characters jump off the page, his dialogue crackles with wit, and Joe Ide’s RIGHTEOUS, the follow-up to his multiple award nominee IQ, made me laugh one minute, punched me in the gut the next. It's entertaining and suspenseful and shows how light can come from dark places while love can steer you wrong. Left me thinking about human nature and how beauty and ugliness and cruelty and mercy coexist sometimes. In other words, you get a lot in one tight package.Isaiah and Dodson and the rest of Ide's characters jump off the page, his dialogue crackles with wit, and his unsentimental style breaks your heart harder than if he’d tied strings to it and tugged. I can't do justice to the writing with my comments here, so just read this book and hope IQ and Dodson will have many more adventures together.
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  • Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Joe Ide has come up with the most original and real private detective books that I've read in years. He has breathed new life into a genre than can seem a bit tired and cliche worn. An excellent second novel in what I can only hope will be a long series.
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  • Charles Finch
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Review tk!
  • Trev Twinem
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 help to rescue her younger sister Janine who has gone missing in Las Vegas he is eager to assist. Together with his trusty partner Dobson (two egos trying to outflank eachother!) they make haste for America's gambling mecca and an imminent confrontation with a motley crew of gangsters including a hit team of Chinese triads. In addition IQ is convinced that his brother Marcus was not accidently killed but rather the target of some evil men and he is determined to find out who and why..... I love the pace and sheer roller coaster ride as the narration introduces a many and varied list of characters that constantly confront the reader, all with a story to tell. The ability of the author to hold my interest was undoubtedly due to the cracking dialogue that positively fizzled from the first page....."the Eiffel Tower lit up like Elton John at a New Year's Eve party"....."why you'd wear a miniskirt if your thighs were like two whales swimming side by side"...."The bartender was a twist of beef jerky in a chartreuse polo shirt"....."its claws scooping out creek beds of flesh; suture marks left by someone with a knitting needle and kite string"...."There were consequences to violence, like grief it changed you"....."the real fear was of mortality. Death was palpable, and you're suddenly aware that you're alive by the thinnest of margins"... In this review more than any other I am content to let the writing skills of Joe Ide bring the story alive.To me I almost feel he is a Raymond Chandler for the modern age; beautiful prose that smack you in the face with their audacity, leaving you smiling and begging for more. This is the second book in the series and I shall be reading book one almost immediately...it is that good and comes from me to you with the greatest recommendation. Many thanks to the good people of netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written. 
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes you need to take a leap of faith. Joe Ide's debut novel, IQ, was so perfect that to match its quality seemed impossible. His protagonist's character balanced intrigue and flaws in a realistic, likable manner. There are a lot of Sherlock Holmes comparisons being floated around regarding Isaiah's character. Those comparisons are apples to oranges. Holmes's deductions seemed to be plucked out of thin air. Not so with IQ. Isaiah follows a grim logic that is equal parts brilliance and tenac Sometimes you need to take a leap of faith. Joe Ide's debut novel, IQ, was so perfect that to match its quality seemed impossible. His protagonist's character balanced intrigue and flaws in a realistic, likable manner. There are a lot of Sherlock Holmes comparisons being floated around regarding Isaiah's character. Those comparisons are apples to oranges. Holmes's deductions seemed to be plucked out of thin air. Not so with IQ. Isaiah follows a grim logic that is equal parts brilliance and tenacity. He struggles. He's a young, middling-poor black man, and the world recognizes him as such and treats him accordingly (i.e., Sherlock never had to fight white privilege). Isaiah is a bona fide genius, but he's also black. Ide doesn't beat the reader over the head with the iniquities; he lets them lurk in the background, insidious and ready to leap out at inopportune moments.There are two storylines in Righteous: one in the present, the other in a not-so-distant past. As in I.Q., the people Isaiah aids are complex individuals who will probably never appreciate his work to a full extent. Isaiah doesn't get paid well (or in some cases, at all.) He will never be wealthy. His few status symbol possessions are hard-earned. To avoid spoilers, I'll leave it at this: At great personal risk and sacrifice, Isaiah solves a crime and saves two people from a terrible fate. These two people will never appreciate his work on their behalf and return immediately to the behaviors that landed them in trouble in the first place. He also solves a cold case that altered his personal life in terrible ways. He doesn't get the girl. His closest friends, though well-meaning, often fail him. He is disappointed at nearly every turn. Even the solution of both cases leaves him in a state of ambivalence. So what is there to like about Isaiah Quintabe?He is persistent. Exceptionally intelligent. Creative. Compassionate. Ethical, even when there's clearly no reward for exercising these ethics. He is in great emotional pain, but he surmounts it. When things go south, he doesn't allow himself to wallow in self pity. Isaiah Quintabe is a great American character. So long as Joe Ide keeps him on track, without diluting his character with love interests and excessive self-examination, Isaiah Quintabe has the potential to be an enduring literary character. Again, no spoilers, but both the plots are fascinating. Support Ide's work. You'll be supporting a classic in the making.
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  • Latkins
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't read the Kindle edition, but a proof of the edition that is coming out next February - this one isn't available yet on here! Anyway, I really loved IQ so of course I had to read this sequel, and I wasn't disappointed. IQ begins an investigation into his beloved brother Marcus's death, as he realises that it wasn't just a hit-and-run accident, but murder. He also comes to aid of Marcus's old girlfriend Sarita, who he still holds a torch for, as her sister Janine and her boyfriend Benny h I didn't read the Kindle edition, but a proof of the edition that is coming out next February - this one isn't available yet on here! Anyway, I really loved IQ so of course I had to read this sequel, and I wasn't disappointed. IQ begins an investigation into his beloved brother Marcus's death, as he realises that it wasn't just a hit-and-run accident, but murder. He also comes to aid of Marcus's old girlfriend Sarita, who he still holds a torch for, as her sister Janine and her boyfriend Benny have got themselves in trouble in Las Vegas. With the flawed but loveable Dodson in tow - now gone straight and with a pregnant girlfriend, Cherise - IQ sets off to Las Vegas to try and save Janine and Benny from a Chinese gang which involves Janine and Sarita's father, Ken. I love the diversity of the characters in this book - there's a Chinese gang in Vegas, a Latino gang in LA, a sinister criminal, Seb, from Rwanda, and a loan shark and his enforcer. There's even a brief scene in England - I'm not sure Ide gets the accent quite right here, but it's interesting! There's action, gun fights, tension and a fast-paced plot, but there's also introspection and philosophy behind so many of the characters' motivations. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series.
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  • Keenan Powell
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous writing and fast-paced action makes this book unputdownable. In this second IQ novel as two plots run side-by-side, a traditional murder mystery and a thriller, there is everything readers look for: tension, conflict, character arc, pathos, prose that sings, and metaphors Raymond Chandler wished he'd written. Mr. Ide has proven himself a master of both the mystery puzzle and the suspense thriller. It's no small wonder that his first novel, IQ, has been nominated for just about every cri Gorgeous writing and fast-paced action makes this book unputdownable. In this second IQ novel as two plots run side-by-side, a traditional murder mystery and a thriller, there is everything readers look for: tension, conflict, character arc, pathos, prose that sings, and metaphors Raymond Chandler wished he'd written. Mr. Ide has proven himself a master of both the mystery puzzle and the suspense thriller. It's no small wonder that his first novel, IQ, has been nominated for just about every crime fiction award possible. I finished it in two days.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.In Joe Ide's Righteous, brilliant detective Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ) finds himself working two cases that are extremely personal since they both have links to his beloved brother Marcus who died in a tragic hit and run several years earlier. This second installment in the gritty private detective series, IQ, is a suspenseful mystery that easily stands on its own but I highly recommend the first novel as well.This latest outing picks up where the previous novel left off and having disco 4.5 stars.In Joe Ide's Righteous, brilliant detective Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ) finds himself working two cases that are extremely personal since they both have links to his beloved brother Marcus who died in a tragic hit and run several years earlier. This second installment in the gritty private detective series, IQ, is a suspenseful mystery that easily stands on its own but I highly recommend the first novel as well.This latest outing picks up where the previous novel left off and having discovered the car from the hit and run that killed Marcus, Isaiah is more determined than ever to find the person responsible. After closely examining the contents inside the car, he stumbles onto a startling realization about the hit and run. Beginning his investigation with his straight as an arrow brother's business records,  his search for the truth takes him in a surprising direction. As he gets closer to figuring out who is responsible for Marcus's death, Isaiah's perception of his brother is forever changed. And his quest for vengeance puts him in a moral quandary as Isaiah questions suspects and eventually comes face to face with his brother's killer.While delving into his brother's past, Marcus's girlfriend at the time of his death, Sarita Van, reaches out to Isaiah to look into her half-sister Janine's troubles in Las Vegas. Janine and her ne'er-do-well boyfriend Benny have racked up a huge debt with a loan shark and their harebrained scheme to extort money puts them in the path of Chinese gangsters from the 14K Triad. Isaiah enlists the aid of his former partner in crime, Juanell Dodson, and they quickly travel to Vegas in order to save Janine. Their rescue attempt immediately runs into trouble since the 14K is gunning for both Janine and Benny.With with the Triad and the loan sharks hot on their heels, Isaiah and Dodson must use every skill they possess as they try to keep Janine out of harm's way following Benny's disappearance. Since Isaiah a little off his game as he comes to terms with the revelations about Marcus and Dodson is trying to outthink and outmaneuver him, their collaboration is full of tension and friction as they try to stay one step ahead of the gangsters. But when the case takes a detour that hits extremely close to home, will Isaiah and Dodson put aside their differences before it is too late?In the aftermath of both cases, Isaiah is forced to take stock of his life when his hopes and dreams are dashed after a rude reality check. A loner by choice, he is shocked by a proposition from Dodson whose plan is surprisingly well thought out and provides Isaiah with a way to make more money while still helping the people in his community.Righteous is an engrossing, action-packed mystery with an immensely appealing lead protagonist. While Isaiah is not prone to much introspection, the events that unfold during this latest installment of the IQ series will force him to step out of comfort zone. With the chapters alternating back and forth between Isaiah's search for Marcus's killer and trying to keep Janine out of harm's way, Joe Ide brings the novel to an unexpected conclusion. I greatly enjoyed this extremely clever novel and I highly recommend it to fans of the genre.
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  • K
    January 1, 1970
    “In a way, hate felt good. You were righteous, godlike, the dispenser of justice.”I was very keen to read Righteous, the second installment of what I hope will be a long-lasting series about I. Q., aka Isaiah Quintabe (the first book being I. Q., you should read it https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...). I was, therefore, quite thrilled to receive an advance copy. It did not disappoint. All my favorites returned – Dodson (esp. b/c he’s the best sidekick ever), Deronda and T. K. I also enjoyed “In a way, hate felt good. You were righteous, godlike, the dispenser of justice.”I was very keen to read Righteous, the second installment of what I hope will be a long-lasting series about I. Q., aka Isaiah Quintabe (the first book being I. Q., you should read it https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...). I was, therefore, quite thrilled to receive an advance copy. It did not disappoint. All my favorites returned – Dodson (esp. b/c he’s the best sidekick ever), Deronda and T. K. I also enjoyed Leo (“couldn’t have been anything else but a loan shark; weasel-faced and malicious, rose tinted aviators, his hair moussed, glistening and swept back over his ears. His fashion sense tended towards paisley disco…”).Mr. Ide has a fabulous way with words – describing a personal bodyguard “…built like a refrigerator made from beef and bone, his eyes were dull and implacable, a perpetual scowl on his face like he’d found a cockroach climbing over his toothbrush” or “a face like an unbaked biscuit” or “Rap music was pounding like it was trying (to) break a window and get out of the car.”I enjoy the backstories, how Cherise came to be with Dodson, how Seb came to be Seb, and how Janine and Benny (who would, apparently, “fold like a fresh slice of Wonder Bread”) became compulsive gamblers. These backstories give color and flavor as he brings them all together to a stunning conclusion. I stopped about seventy pages from the end, for about a week, b/c I couldn’t bear to say goodbye. Part mystery, part social commentary, part comedy and part drama – Righteous hits all the right spots in all the right places.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    I received a galley of this book from Mulholland Books via NetGalley. It has not impacted my thoughts or opinions about this book.Righteous picks up very quickly and I would recommend reading IQ first if you haven't already. IQ introduces and develops Isaiah Quintabe, the protagonist, and the world he lives in. Righteous takes that a step further and digs deeper into his brother's past and Isaiah's own personality while addressing serious issues like human trafficking, obsession, and gang violen I received a galley of this book from Mulholland Books via NetGalley. It has not impacted my thoughts or opinions about this book.Righteous picks up very quickly and I would recommend reading IQ first if you haven't already. IQ introduces and develops Isaiah Quintabe, the protagonist, and the world he lives in. Righteous takes that a step further and digs deeper into his brother's past and Isaiah's own personality while addressing serious issues like human trafficking, obsession, and gang violence. In IQ, Isaiah seems mostly saintly while in Righteous, you see more of his flaws.The pacing of this book is great and feels cinematic, and I hope this book serves as the basis for season 2 of the upcoming TV adaptation. There are two main subplots within the story, both of which have their own timeline; when the chapters switch to the characters in one subplot, the timeline zags with it.While I enjoyed the strong writing, I thought the plot was less exciting in Righteous than in IQ. I was more interested in the characters this go-around – Isaiah, yes, but also Cherise, Dodson, Sarita, and Manzo. Women are very much secondary to this plot and used more as devices than as real, fully developed characters.I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed IQ, and I really hope Joe Ide continues with this series.
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  • Viccy
    January 1, 1970
    Isiah Quintabe returns in his second adventure. IQ discovers the car that killed his brother, Marcus, in a local junkyard and he uncovers the fact it was not a hit-and-run as the police thought; Marcus was murdered by the person driving the car. This sets IQ on a path of destruction through his south-central LA neighborhood. IQ also get a phone call from Sarita, Marcus' former girl friend, asking him to save her father and step-sister, who are on the run from Tommy Lau, a Chinese gangster. Dodso Isiah Quintabe returns in his second adventure. IQ discovers the car that killed his brother, Marcus, in a local junkyard and he uncovers the fact it was not a hit-and-run as the police thought; Marcus was murdered by the person driving the car. This sets IQ on a path of destruction through his south-central LA neighborhood. IQ also get a phone call from Sarita, Marcus' former girl friend, asking him to save her father and step-sister, who are on the run from Tommy Lau, a Chinese gangster. Dodson and IQ head to Las Vegas to rescue Ken and Janine; Ken is Tommy's lieutenant in a chain of human misery and Janine is in over her head with gambling debts. So IQ is focused on helping Sarita, a woman he has had a crush on for years, which also comes full-circle to solving the case of Marcus' murder. Excellent plotting and great character development. I am looking forward to more adventures with IQ.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a pretty compelling read and another instance of the hard-boiled but not noir genre. IQ (the protagonist here) and many of the other characters carry over from the first novel. But as is true in the best of all series (at least in my view) they have changed a bit over time. And they keep changing--evolving as the story shifts around them. Ide is good with characters that way and it makes me look forward to a long and enjoyable series. I don't think the details of the plot(s) matter. I me This is a pretty compelling read and another instance of the hard-boiled but not noir genre. IQ (the protagonist here) and many of the other characters carry over from the first novel. But as is true in the best of all series (at least in my view) they have changed a bit over time. And they keep changing--evolving as the story shifts around them. Ide is good with characters that way and it makes me look forward to a long and enjoyable series. I don't think the details of the plot(s) matter. I mean, they matter a great deal when you are reading it but that's not the reason to pick up the book. The reason to pick up the book is that you (or let's just say I) learn about parts of the world I don't have much knowledge about. And to spend time with the people here, flawed though they may be. (Which of us is not flawed, right?) Ide uses a device he used first time out--IQ is investigating two things and the time relationship between the two is not entirely clear up until a certain point when they converge. It can make things confusing at time, but it was not a big issue for me. Just notable to me that he did it again. Perhaps it is a hallmark of the series. In any event, I'm eager for the next.
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  • Christopher Farrell
    January 1, 1970
    When I started this I really enjoyed it, to the point that I thought I enjoyed it more than the previous entry. However, as it went out I found myself a little lost between characters and the action/passive narration kind of took me out of it. I've had an issue with endings in the last few books, and I again felt this wrapped up really neatly with nothing left to follow, and that makes me sad. I liked revisiting these characters and would like to again.
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  • Dgordon
    January 1, 1970
    The second book in this series featuring Isaiah Quintabe is even better than the first one. Gambling, Las Vegas, Chinese gangsters, Mexican gangs and his good friend Dodson make-up the cast of characters for a truely original take on the private detective genre. Down-to-earth Isaiah is a detective for the 21st century, a wonderful book.
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  • Ray Palen
    January 1, 1970
    Read my review this week on bookreporter.com .
  • Mulholland Books
    January 1, 1970
    The nagging question of Isaiah's brother is finally answered, and we meet a few new intriguing characters along the way!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I have a real soft spot for IQ. He's a product of his tough LA neighborhood who is haunted by his older brother's death and determined to find out why his brother died. In this second installment of what I hope is a long series, IQ closes in on what happened to his brother while also trying to protect the family of the woman both he and his brother loved. Mayhem, a minor gang war, and a budding maturity on IQ's part ensue.
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  • Dlmrose
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Jayne
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent follow up to IQ.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Joe Ide's first novel, "IQ ," introduced the character Isaiah Quintabe, a Black detective from a rough-and-poor southern California neighborhood. In that book, you learn about what happens to Isaiah as a teen that develops him into an intelligent, strong and determined man in his mid 20s. You also learn about his friend Dodson. and other characters. Dodson, his sort-of sidekick, also starts out as a teen in "IQ." "Righteous," the sequel, takes you to the next chapter and answers questions which Joe Ide's first novel, "IQ ," introduced the character Isaiah Quintabe, a Black detective from a rough-and-poor southern California neighborhood. In that book, you learn about what happens to Isaiah as a teen that develops him into an intelligent, strong and determined man in his mid 20s. You also learn about his friend Dodson. and other characters. Dodson, his sort-of sidekick, also starts out as a teen in "IQ." "Righteous," the sequel, takes you to the next chapter and answers questions which had remained unanswered in "IQ." Like "IQ," "Righteous" is a well-written, fast-paced novel, one I could not put down, so anxious was I to find out what happened next. An avid reader of several genre, I don't have time for poorly written books; if a book hasn't caught my interest by page 50, it's out. Not only is "Righteous" a great mystery (lots of "ah ha's"), the characters develop throughout the story. And I mean develop! You can practically see Isaiah's brain working when he makes decisions. Isaiah Quintabe is such a great character! As with "IQ," I laughed and cried throughout "Righteous." Since I read "IQ" twice, I highly recommend starting with it first. Yes, you can skip it and go straight to "Righteous," but I wouldn't. I absolutely would read "IQ" first! You'll have a much better understanding of the characters and what life-changing events made them who they are in the second book. It makes "Righteous" all the more enjoyable to read. And enjoy it you will!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Joe Ide’s debut novel, IQ, was one of my favorite books of 2016. The voice was fresh and exciting. The concept was cool and unique: an edgy Sherlock Holmes with a hip hop flavor. RIGHTEOUS is no different and picks up right where we left off. Isaiah Quintabe or IQ receives a cry for help from his brother’s former girlfriend, Sarita. She wants IQ to find her younger sister, Janine, a DJ with a gambling problem. What follows is a sometimes comical high stakes journey to the neon lights of Las Vega Joe Ide’s debut novel, IQ, was one of my favorite books of 2016. The voice was fresh and exciting. The concept was cool and unique: an edgy Sherlock Holmes with a hip hop flavor. RIGHTEOUS is no different and picks up right where we left off. Isaiah Quintabe or IQ receives a cry for help from his brother’s former girlfriend, Sarita. She wants IQ to find her younger sister, Janine, a DJ with a gambling problem. What follows is a sometimes comical high stakes journey to the neon lights of Las Vegas where Isaiah finds himself pitted against a psychotic loan shark and a Chinese triad. Meanwhile, he continues to obsess over the hit and run accident that killed his older brother, Marcus, eight years ago. The two storylines intertwine together seamlessly, revealing IQ’s intelligence, wit, and buried pain. I love the way Ide guides us down one path only to bring us to a conclusion that is surprising yet so inevitable, we wonder how we missed it. That’s skillful storytelling and it’s a joy to read crime fiction at this level. Another standout from Ide and the IQ series.
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  • Liz Laurin
    January 1, 1970
    Hachette why you deny me on Netgalley? :(
  • Scotty
    January 1, 1970
    Joe Ide is my favorite emerging mystery/thriller writer by a large margin. In a genre ridden with unrealistic supermen with high-flung connections at the Pentagon, etc., Isaiah is an incredibly refreshing character. The words "gritty", "down to earth", and "realistic" all spring to mind, but none really does justice to the world the author creates. Just as an example, a pair of characters in this book are gambling addicts. In many books of this genre, the stakes would have been tens of thousands Joe Ide is my favorite emerging mystery/thriller writer by a large margin. In a genre ridden with unrealistic supermen with high-flung connections at the Pentagon, etc., Isaiah is an incredibly refreshing character. The words "gritty", "down to earth", and "realistic" all spring to mind, but none really does justice to the world the author creates. Just as an example, a pair of characters in this book are gambling addicts. In many books of this genre, the stakes would have been tens of thousands, if not millions, with Armani suits and beautiful people everywhere. In Joe Ide's book, the gamblers play nickel slots and are happy to come home with a few hundred dollars. There are some "larger than life" characters (a loan shark and his 7 foot henchman come to mind) but for the most part it's this kind of realism that I've appreciated about Joe Ide's work.The dialogue is real (well, I wouldn't know really), and seems to capture America's more downtrodden, black and latino neighborhoods very well. Isaiah's "powers" are few. He's not a superman, just a smart kid on a mission - okay, one with pretty sweet martial arts moves, but the point is still valid.In short, easily one of the best "for fun" novels I've read this year. If you want a book that's not dumbed-down and over-glamourized but still makes you want to turn the next page, I'd recommend this one.
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  • Kathleen Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    Ide is the Elmore Leonard for the next generation. His debut novel, IQ, was met with considerable success—winning the Macavity Award for best first novel. Righteous continues the detective exploits of Isaiah Quintabe, a quiet African-American from East Long Beach, California. This is the home of gangs hustling for whatever they can earn by whatever means necessary. Welcome to ‘survival of the fitness’ neighborhood style! What do the powerless do when they need help? They call IQ—the neighborhood Ide is the Elmore Leonard for the next generation. His debut novel, IQ, was met with considerable success—winning the Macavity Award for best first novel. Righteous continues the detective exploits of Isaiah Quintabe, a quiet African-American from East Long Beach, California. This is the home of gangs hustling for whatever they can earn by whatever means necessary. Welcome to ‘survival of the fitness’ neighborhood style! What do the powerless do when they need help? They call IQ—the neighborhood savant who uses the tools of deduction, Sherlock Holmes-style, to solve his cases.Japanese American Ide weaves multiple plot lines in his novels. Here we have gambling, a Rwandan Huto gangster, Chinese triads, money-laundering, human trafficking, and more. There are ethnic gangs familiar to any South Los Angeles resident—black gangs, Latino gangs, and Asian gangs. But hold on--now add in the emotional ties of Isaiah’s unrequited love for Sarita and his friendship with Dodson, who is expecting a child with the love of his life, Cherise. It isn’t easy for IQ to achieve justice on the mean streets of LA. Recommend.
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