Wrecked (IQ #3)
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 #3) Details

TitleWrecked (IQ #3)
Author
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherMulholland Books
ISBN-139780316509510
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller

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Wrecked (IQ #3) Review

  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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. But Isaiah’s character is fleshed out in unexpected ways. Whereas the first two books basically announced his character attributes, here we see him as a fully-fleshed character with few friends, responding to stress and doubt by turning inward and closing himself off. It’s heartbreaking, yet absolutely true to the character. The plot seems straightforward at first, but don’t let it fool you; Joe Ide is a master of the plot twist. M. Night Shyamalan *wishes* he could play the viewer the way Ide plays his readers. Subplot after subplot emerges, only to be resolved in the last few pages. The pacing and imagery are cinematic, testament to Ide’s background in screenwriting. Of the three (so far!) books, “Wrecked” might be the best for a newbie to begin with. And the title is sadly appropriate, though not in the way you might expect.A solid five stars for a solid writer. Long live Isaiah Quintabe.Edited to add: I received an advance copy with no expectation of, or obligation to review. I’m simply a Joe Ide fan who got lucky with an ARC galley.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    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, to 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, torture—both past and present—takes on a significant role in the plot. [Consider yourself warned!] Wolczak has become wealthy by heading up a Blackwater-type paramilitary operation, and is vulnerable to blackmail as Sarah has compromising pictures of his involvement in Abu Ghraib torture. Sarah happens to be Grace’s mother and IQ has a soft-spot for the artist Grace. Of course, Grace hasn’t seen her mother in years, but Walczak is not convinced.There are other subplots—the drug dealer Junior is back. And what a character he is! He has a zebra-themed living room where “the sofa looked like the dominant stallion”; and speaks dictionary-gibberish—“If you’re wasting my time your oblivion is irrefutable”.Indeed, Ide’s Elmore Leonard-like characters are wonderful. Motormouth Dodson, and Dodson’s wise-cracking ex-girlfriend Deronda help IQ with his investigations. And then there are the unusual chase scenes: one through a junkyard and one that uses a half-dozen drones. Cool.Unfortunately, Ide does not have Isaiah using his famed deductive reasoning as much as he did in the first two books. Let’s hope Ide corrects this in his next offering in the series.
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  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    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 again, maybe with this case he could have the cha 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 again, maybe with this case he could have the chances of reigniting some passion and love. This case has him going deeper than he imagined and can he handle it and succeed up against one corrupt nasty Walczak?For this guy the antagonist there is a big crime sheet and he is ex-CIA, and now with his own seek and destroy and hide, security company.This time round with Isaiah Quintabe there is only so much time for coffees at The Coffee Cup shop, as there is possible opportunities with romance and the heat is on, and its big, there is a team after his client and himself.I am happy to say I have been there from the beginning, that is the rise and growth of Isaiah Quintabe on his first episode into narrative in IQ and the second episode Righteous and now here in Wrecked.Same old IQ, a likeable PI, with style and originality, street smarts, witty dialogue, and this time round wiser, and open for some love, and problem solving with tragedies.With all the three narratives and chronicles of IQ, the author, Joe Ide has crafted a tale about the alternative American dream, the other side of the fences tale, tales of poetic justice in ways, in pursuit of happiness and what people in the concrete jungle will do for it.Nicely written modern tragedies, and human terribleness, with some seek out in dangers and correct, saving lives problem solving, in a sharp witty and original style.Review and Excerpts @ https://more2read.com/review/wrecked-by-joe-ide/
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  • Brenda Ayala
    January 1, 1970
    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. Is 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. Isaiah’s fascination with Grace didn’t do much for me. I might have felt differently if I had read the previous two books, but as a newcomer I didn’t much care about the romance and didn’t feel like it added anything to the overall story. Sans that it was a badass book of near constant action and a fleshed out black man as the lead. It’s a win overall despite the lackluster romance.
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  • Georges M
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 mother-in-law, business partner relationships, even a pet dog is involved.Although not until the very last 2 or 3 pages is anything mentioned about PTSD, what IS mentioned and described is right on the button accurate. I knew right away what the author was talking about.Several times, I had to flip back in the book - to remind myself who a certain character was. This is a fast-moving adventure with many side stories. Keeps your interest throughout. I hope that some of the side stories in this book will be expanded upon in future works.
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  • Maine Colonial
    January 1, 1970
    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 cours 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 course, Isaiah himself. There is no mystery to solve, because it’s made clear right from the get-go what this group’s motivation is.The plus side of the book is getting to know Isaiah better and having him recognize, after years of shutting himself off as a result of his brother’s murder, that he wants to connect to other people. I enjoy the Isaiah character and his quirky circle of helpers, so I don’t want to give up on the series just yet.To be absolutely clear, my disappointment is because of the level of violence in the book and, less so, the lack of a mystery. Aside from that, it’s a well-written book and manages to be both character-driven and full of action and thrills. A lot of readers will be enthusiastic about the book and understandably so.
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  • Keenan Powell
    January 1, 1970
    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 ca 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 cash-flow problems. Just as IQ and Dodson’s mutual past is catching up with them, IQ’s attention is caught by the artist Grace, a complicated young woman who happens to need a private investigator. Her long-lost mother is wanted for murder.The story opens with a punch, takes off running and doesn’t let up. I read it in two days. Each of the IQ novels is unique. The first book, IQ, is a fresh take on traditional mystery and has been nominated for just above every award out there, winning the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus. RIGHTEOUS, a psychological thriller and second in the series, was aptly described as part Tarantino, part Sherlock Holmes.WRECKED, the third book, is as gritty as the others, maybe even a grittier, yet also explores more tender topics. Why do people reach out to each other? What makes them resist? What bonds them? What destroys those bonds? Good and evil, love and hate, altruism and avarice, art and atrocity, loyalty and betrayal, and that strange phenomenon when someone recognizes of a kindred soul are all mixed together with two life or death ticking clocks in an ever-tightening web.Set for publication in October of 2018, WRECKED is a thinking, feeling thriller with plenty of action and a satisfying ending. Five stars.
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  • Joelle Egan
    January 1, 1970
    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 whe 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 when it comes to connecting with a potential love-interest. Fortunately for him, Grace initiates contact when she approaches IQ to enlist his help as a highly regarded detective. She needs his aid in tracking down her mother who left under mysterious circumstances shortly after her father’s death many years ago. Grace is certain she has seen her mother watching her recently, despite the outstanding warrant for her arrest. IQ is so anxious to get close to Grace that he risks the displeasure of his new partner, Dodson, by accepting one of her paintings as payment. Of course, this case will be more complicated than it first appears. IQ may be outmatched in a confrontation with a ruthless group of ex-military operatives who are also looking for Grace’s mother. These people are leftovers from Abu Ghraib, ready to enthusiastically employ the “enhanced interrogation techniques” they learned there. Meanwhile, Dodson has been trying to keep secret from IQ that he is being blackmailed for a past action by a man who is apparently completely unhinged. The action in the IQ series is always fast-paced and the repartee often hilarious. This entry reflectively draws comparisons between the lack of regard for human life fostered in gangs on the street as well as in military “gangs” that have been allowed to cross certain lines with impunity. Ide’s writing is clever, his characters are captivating, and his storylines are unique. As with his other IQ books, Wrecked ends on a satisfying note but will leave readers clamoring for more stories about IQ and his friends.Thanks to NetGalley and Mulholland Books for an Early Review copy of this book.
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  • Paul Wilner
    January 1, 1970
    Ide’s best yet. And that’s saying a lot.
  • The Real Book Spy
    January 1, 1970
    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, 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, which one client offered to trade for his services, but it isn’t exactly paying the bills. To turn things around financially, Dodson, who is now a full-time business partner, has a vision of taking IQ’s services mainstream, even going as far as to set up a Facebook page and do a little advertising. More of a street hustler than his genius detective counterpart, Dodson adopts a new no-more-freebies policy. Things, though, don’t go according to plan when Grace Monarova enters IQ’s world and needs help. An up-and-coming artist, Grace approaches IQ and asks him to help her track down her mother, Sarah. In exchange, she offers him a painting, which he accepts . . . more because he’s sweet on Grace, and less because he has a perfect spot on the wall all picked out to hang a new piece of art. As Quintabe goes to work, he learns rather quickly that Grace failed to tell him a few key details about her mother’s current situation. Like, for example, that she’s a . . . Continue reading this review here: https://therealbookspy.com/2018/09/23...
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  • Hobart
    January 1, 1970
    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- At the end of Righteous, Isaiah meets a girl -- I don't remember much about it, but there's something about here that clearly makes an impression on IQ -- and his dog. It was enough to give us a little hope for our intrepid hero after everything he'd just gone through as we wrapped up the book. This book starts with the three of them bumping into each other again -- this time IQ definitely is attracted to her and his dog and the woman clea This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- At the end of Righteous, Isaiah meets a girl -- I don't remember much about it, but there's something about here that clearly makes an impression on IQ -- and his dog. It was enough to give us a little hope for our intrepid hero after everything he'd just gone through as we wrapped up the book. This book starts with the three of them bumping into each other again -- this time IQ definitely is attracted to her and his dog and the woman clearly enjoy each other's company. Which is great for them, but you feel a little bad for Isaiah.Before long, Grace comes to Isaiah with a case. Her mother disappeared a decade ago -- under a cloud, it should be added -- and Grace saw her on the street near her home. Can Isaiah find her? She's a painter trying to get a start and really can't afford much -- but gives him a painting as payment. The catch is, Isaiah and Dodson have recently become partners and Dodson is determined to make Isaiah's business legitimate. They've got a web presence, a Facebook page, and a strict policy on minimum fees. These fees have to be money. No lawn care services, cooking, et cetera. Dodson has a wife and child to provide for and he is inflexible on this point. Isaiah makes an exception and ignores Dodson's complaints, once Dodson figures out Isaiah's motivation to take the case, he acquiesces -- like a good friend would.What makes this case complicated is that Sarah, Grace's mom, is trying to blackmail some very dangerous people. It takes a long time for us to get all the details behind the blackmailing (it's absolutely worth the wait, and Ide does a great job revealing things to us in drips), but what's important isn't the why -- it's the reaction to the blackmail. Isaiah, Dodson and their clients have been in dangerous and tough spots before -- but I promise you, those pale in comparison to this. These people bring a level of danger, a level of callousness, a level of professionalism, that will demand more from Isaiah than he's used to -- and he'll have to find new ways to approach things to survive.Meanwhile, there's another blackmail story afoot. One of the darkest episodes of the partners' (and Deronda's) past comes back to bite them -- a criminal act that they've gotten away with, primarily because no one knew they got away with anything. Somehow, word has gotten out, and someone wants money from them to stop him from going public with what he knows. If the victims of this crime -- a couple of notorious drug dealers -- find out, it will likely prove fatal. Dodson attempts to take care of this on his own, with a little help from Deronda.Clearly, the partnership isn't off to the strongest start.There is a drink described here -- not that anyone you're supposed to like drinks it -- that is possibly the most disgusting thing I've read this year, it's a mix of vodka, Coke, and things that shouldn't be consumed with each other. There are scenes of physical violence and torture in this book, horrible things really, but it's Parks Punch that left scars.Actually, there is something more painful, now that I think of it. Junior, one of the drug dealers that IQ, Dodson, and Deronda stole from before years ago appears frequently. He's got the right idea -- a better vocabulary can be tied to greater success in business and life in general. Sadly, Junior is better at acquiring words than he is using them. Resulting in sentences like: My domicile has been exfoliated! Excavate the premises! (when he discovers that his home has been broken into) or Did you discover anything irrelevant? (to Isaiah after searching for clues). Say what you will about waterboarding or Parks Punch -- for me, those lines hurt (and I gave tame examples).Well, they make me crack up -- but they're also painful.The action is taut, the twists don't stop and you have to hold on tight so the pacing doesn't throw you from the vehicle in the last few chapters. But not only is this the best suspense that Ide's given us, we have the some of the best emotional moments and character growth so far in the series. Some real trauma is visited on Isaiah, and it'll be interesting to see how this impacts him going forward (there's some indication that ide has something in mind along these lines). Similarly, I don't think I've liked Dodson more than I did in this book and his character keeps growing and maturing -- I am eager to see how Ide helps him grow in the future.Unlike IQ or Righteous, we only have one timeline in Wrecked. This is such an improvement -- that worked in IQ seemed a drawback in Righteous -- but one timeline allows the reader, the pace and the action to focus on Grace and her case. I've been a fan of Ide's writing and this series since the moment I finished chapter 2 of IQ, but this book worked for me more than his previous work. I don't know if it's because I appreciate the characters and style more -- or if it's that Ide has grown with his experience and is delivering something better, I'm not sure. (my money is on the latter, but you never know) This is a fantastic entry very strong series that everyone should hop on board with (start at the beginning, it's only 3 books -- you have plenty of time to catch up).
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Wrecked by Joe Ide is an action-packed mystery starring street smart and highly observant sleuth Isaiah "IQ" Quintabe and his somewhat trusty sidekick/partner Juanell Dodson. This third installment in the IQ series can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend the previous two novels as well.IQ has been admiring struggling artist Grace Monarova from afar  and he is pleased but nervous when she requests a meeting. Although disappointed she is only interested in his investigative abilities, h Wrecked by Joe Ide is an action-packed mystery starring street smart and highly observant sleuth Isaiah "IQ" Quintabe and his somewhat trusty sidekick/partner Juanell Dodson. This third installment in the IQ series can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend the previous two novels as well.IQ has been admiring struggling artist Grace Monarova from afar  and he is pleased but nervous when she requests a meeting. Although disappointed she is only interested in his investigative abilities, he nonetheless agrees to help find her missing mother, Sarah. Quickly delving into his new case, IQ is aware his new client is being less than forthcoming  but he soon figures out he and Grace are in serious danger. Unbeknownst to Grace or IQ, Sarah is blackmailing Stan Walczak, a former CIA agent who viciously tortured prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Stan has cobbled together a group of disgraced veterans who worked for him at the prison and they are determined to find Sarah and neutralize the threat she poses to them. Will IQ find Sarah before Walczak and his henchman?IQ's newly acquired business partner and long time friend, Dodson, however is less than thrilled to discover IQ is not adhering to their newly formed business model. Instead of agreeing to be paid in actual money instead of bartered goods, IQ instead selects one of Grace's paintings for payment. However, Dodson is embroiled in his own troubles when his past with his former business partner Deronda Simmons comes back to haunt them.  Years earlier,  IQ rescued Dodson and Deronda from their ill-thought out plan to rob a neighborhood thug, Junior. Someone divulged their secret to knife store owner Chester Babbitt who is in desperate need of funds and he uses this knowledge to blackmail Dodson into stealing money from Junior. In typical Dodson fashion, he attempts to handle this latest predicament without assistance from IQ.  But  will Dodson be able to  get out from underneath Babbitt's demands on his own?Wrecked is a fast-paced and energetic mystery that moves at a brisk pace. Isaiah is back on his home turf in this latest entry in the IQ series but his feelings for Grace leave him off balance. His investigation into Sarah's whereabouts is interesting and he and Grace are both in grave danger throughout the novel. Dodson's story arc is just as intriguing and readers will be quite satisfied by its clever resolution. Another gritty and adrenaline-fueled installment in Joe Ide's IQ series that old and new fans are sure to enjoy.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    I review a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Many are mediocre and only a few stand out, especially from first-time writers. Joe Ide has written excellent mysteries, IQ and Righteous. Both are captivating. Wrecked is the third of the IQ series. Isaiah Quintabe, IQ for short is a Long Beach, California based P.I. He earned his rep by solving cases both small and big. In Wrecked, Isaiah is asked to find a missing person, the mother of his putative girlfriend. The action starts from page one and neve I review a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Many are mediocre and only a few stand out, especially from first-time writers. Joe Ide has written excellent mysteries, IQ and Righteous. Both are captivating. Wrecked is the third of the IQ series. Isaiah Quintabe, IQ for short is a Long Beach, California based P.I. He earned his rep by solving cases both small and big. In Wrecked, Isaiah is asked to find a missing person, the mother of his putative girlfriend. The action starts from page one and never stops until the novel concludes. I will not reveal much of the plot. Only that humans are capable of horrendous behavior, especially during war. Pictures, videos, and blackmail, all fragrant ingredients in Wrecked, the third entry into what should be a terrific series.
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  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    January 1, 1970
    I have previously read the first two novels in the series, IQ and Righteous. I felt that they complimented each other so well and issues from the debut were resolved in the follow up. So I genuinely was left wondering where the author would take this series in the future. That was until the opening pages of Wrecked and the author has truly excelled himself yet again……The novel opens with a prologue, featuring new characters and ends with a shocking discovery. IQ is back but not as we have known I have previously read the first two novels in the series, IQ and Righteous. I felt that they complimented each other so well and issues from the debut were resolved in the follow up. So I genuinely was left wondering where the author would take this series in the future. That was until the opening pages of Wrecked and the author has truly excelled himself yet again……The novel opens with a prologue, featuring new characters and ends with a shocking discovery. IQ is back but not as we have known him before!Chapter one opens with some characters from the original novels, I was really glad to see the return of Grace, Dodson and IQ’s dog Ruffin. Dodson now has new baby Micha and his life is slowly changing, with his partnership with IQ he hopes to leave the ghetto and source a better life for his young family, but things are never that easy in the ghetto…….Their first case involves a local police officer with romantic ties to Dodson’s aunt. It some ways its quite a comical case at first, but there is also always a moral sense of duty in IQ’s cases, which is why I love his character so much. The case involves blackmail and some exceptionally shady gangbangers. Similarly, IQ runs another case for a shot caller of the Locos Surenos 13, when his child is kidnapped. There is always an edge of urban gang culture within the cases and it really adds to the setting a diverse nature of the novels. Grace brings her own case to IQ, searching for her estranged mother. Whom vanished ten years previously. IQ seeking to please Grace agrees to the case, against Dodson’s advice. What secrets lurk in Grace’s past? When Grace’s case has ties to her father’s military background, a neighbour’s murder and Abu Grahib. We know this is no easy case for IQ to solve. When he begins to research into the family history, we learn that not only does Grace’s mother Sarah have an outstanding arrest warrant for murder. There is also has a heavily armed, military trained, tactical security unit made up of seasoned special forces veterans, on route to kidnap Grace, with only IQ to protect her……..What are the links to Abu Grahib? What secrets do the past hold? And what does this mean for Grace? One thing is for certain, this is IQ’s toughest case yet!The case continues at an action packed pace, the character of IQ is constantly evolving throughout. We also learn of Dodson’s younger years and what made him the man he is today. I found this rather eye-opening and I love the way in which the author, has you completely wrapped up in these incredibly deep characters, who are not what they appear on the surface. There was a quote I found sums up the novel beautifully “The best predictor of the future, is what happened in the past”The secrets of the past explode into the lives of IQ, Grace and Dodson in this action packed, emotive and gripping novel. With a heartfelt twist saved for the very final pages. Sheer brilliance from Joe Ide yet again, a 5* Genius from me!
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  • Sandy Lenahan
    January 1, 1970
    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!!!
  • Dgordon
    January 1, 1970
    The third book in this series is just as good as the previous two. All the characters are there, Isaiah, Dodgson, Deronda and Grace from the second book. Full of humor, shady, wounded, and evil people the action and story just keeps humming along. A great read.
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  • Andre Hardy
    January 1, 1970
    Wrecked, is the third installment of hard-boiled author Joe Ide’s serialized detective, Isiah Quintabe, better known as I.Q. Ide’s debut novel I.Q., featuring the erudite crime solver won The Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for the Edgar Award, Barry Award, and Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel. Wrecked picks up where Ide’s second novel, Righte Wrecked, is the third installment of hard-boiled author Joe Ide’s serialized detective, Isiah Quintabe, better known as I.Q. Ide’s debut novel I.Q., featuring the erudite crime solver won The Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for the Edgar Award, Barry Award, and Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel. Wrecked picks up where Ide’s second novel, Righteous (a must read if you haven’t) left off. The story centers on I.Q’s attempt to help a young painter named Grace, who is also a love interest for the shy hero, track down her missing mother. Grace’s mother is simultaneously being sought after by a group of Blackwater-type civilian operatives who worked together at Abu Ghraib during the Iraq war. The group was involved in vile acts of abuse that escalated into the murder of innocent victims. At the center of it all is a narcissistic commander name Walczak who leveraged his participation in the war into wealth. Grace’s mother has information that would expose the group's deeds. And of course, they cannot let that happen! What she knows has already led to the mysterious death of Grace's father, although she is unaware of the connection when the story commences. Ide's storytelling style is fantastic! The book is loaded with the laugh-out-loud one-liners that initially attracted me Joe’s work. What I like most, however, is the cinematic feeling the novel evokes. I've heard Joe mention that he is a fan of Elmore Leonard. I get it. Like Leonard, his style gives the reader a panoramic, 360-degree view of the story problem from a multiplicity of well-drawn characters. I would say more but then I’d have to kill you. I give Wreck two thumbs up. Joe Ide has hit another home run! Bravo!!!!
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    The first of the series was still the best, but this installment adds quite a bit to the depth of the characters.
  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    There's a lot more pathos in this installment, and it's making Ide's series even richer. IQ and Dodson have new depths that set them up very nicely for future novels—I can't wait to see where they go. Also #DerondaForever.
  • sean wiggins
    January 1, 1970
    Exellent
  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always happy when I discover a new P.I. series, and especially when it's such a good one as this, set in the hood of N. Long Beach, not far from the spiritual home of the genre in Hollywood. Our protagonist is a super smart guy who sort of stumbles into detective work for neighbors while trying to glue his life together after the suspicious so-called accidental death of his much-loved brother Marcus. Oh, by the way, I.Q. are his initials - Isaiah Quintabe - a sort of double-entre for his bra I'm always happy when I discover a new P.I. series, and especially when it's such a good one as this, set in the hood of N. Long Beach, not far from the spiritual home of the genre in Hollywood. Our protagonist is a super smart guy who sort of stumbles into detective work for neighbors while trying to glue his life together after the suspicious so-called accidental death of his much-loved brother Marcus. Oh, by the way, I.Q. are his initials - Isaiah Quintabe - a sort of double-entre for his braininess, which stands out in a forest of mentally challenged gang members, semi-criminals and hustlers that comprise a lot of the world he was born into. He was smart enough to be on the way to Harvard, but all of that got shelved with Marcus' death. I like the way the three novels in the series so far, like the best in show, provide the evolution of character based upon the challenges he faces and the people he meets. When it comes to women, his characteristic taciturn nature borders on mute. He barely manages to talk when attraction arrives, which we see get better over the series. His tendency to isolate is beaten down, as well, as he opens his life and his heart to folks he has tried to keep at arms length. My only complaint is in book #3, which has a few too many chase scenes with the bad guys, to the point when I thought, is he trying to audition for the film?
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  • Brad Bell
    January 1, 1970
    This book was on its way to a solid 4 rating until that last chapter. Damn. This, the third book in the IQ series, is a huge improvement over the lacklustre second book “Righteous”, but Ide seems to have an issue with endings. This the the second time his book seems to fizzle out at the end, in this case instead of leaving some threads for the next book he messily ends storylines and leaves the fourth book with no anticipation. The really enjoyed the character of Grace in this novel as well as t This book was on its way to a solid 4 rating until that last chapter. Damn. This, the third book in the IQ series, is a huge improvement over the lacklustre second book “Righteous”, but Ide seems to have an issue with endings. This the the second time his book seems to fizzle out at the end, in this case instead of leaving some threads for the next book he messily ends storylines and leaves the fourth book with no anticipation. The really enjoyed the character of Grace in this novel as well as the villains, who are mercenaries trying to hide a terrible secret. Ide even managed to sprinkle in Seb, the villain from the previous book and who was aligning to be the Moriarty to IQ’s Holmes. I loved the main storyline of a woman trying to find her mother and this private security firm trying to find her as well, Dodson was especially interesting and his arc about balancing family life, the responsibilities that come with that and his partnership with IQ was really well done.But everything fell apart when Ide had Dodson deciding to end the partnership when it had just begun in “Righteous” and Seb being abruptly killed in a throwaway scene. Why? There was so much more story there, why throw it all away when there was so much potential? I’m left scratching my head here, it was so clumsy. I had to give this book a 3 but it is a huge improvement over “Righteous” but far from perfect.I’ll be giving this series one more book to turn things around but nothing I’ve read of this series can match the satisfying highs of the first novel “IQ”.
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  • Marilyn Shea
    January 1, 1970
    This is the best of the series so far and I look forward to Ide's next. It was an intense tale that went from Abu Ghraib to Burning Man, with the common man, Isaiah (also known as IQ), pitted against the technological arsenal of ex-military bad guys who are trying desperately to sanitize the historical record of their past atrocities in the Middle East. It could easily become a blockbuster major motion picture, with scenes of torture, narrow escapes and a bit of romance thrown in. Hilarious char This is the best of the series so far and I look forward to Ide's next. It was an intense tale that went from Abu Ghraib to Burning Man, with the common man, Isaiah (also known as IQ), pitted against the technological arsenal of ex-military bad guys who are trying desperately to sanitize the historical record of their past atrocities in the Middle East. It could easily become a blockbuster major motion picture, with scenes of torture, narrow escapes and a bit of romance thrown in. Hilarious characters abound throughout. One of my favorites was Chester, a guy who talks like--what did the author say?--like a dictionary thrown in a blender? Chester: "You thought you could recapitulate my premises and not forfeit the residue? You must have misplaced your corpuscles if you thought that was substantiated." Very engaging.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Oh IQ, your heart is too big for any man! And in the third installment in this down to earth, brutally honest look at the people who live in the forgotten neighborhoods in our cities, Isaiah wears his heart on his sleeve. IQ is there to help out where the police, social workers, and others whose job is to take care of those who can't, fail. I love his heart and how a sense of personal responsibility and love are shown by what is otherwise a man who easily gets involved in some very dangerous sit Oh IQ, your heart is too big for any man! And in the third installment in this down to earth, brutally honest look at the people who live in the forgotten neighborhoods in our cities, Isaiah wears his heart on his sleeve. IQ is there to help out where the police, social workers, and others whose job is to take care of those who can't, fail. I love his heart and how a sense of personal responsibility and love are shown by what is otherwise a man who easily gets involved in some very dangerous situations. This book is no different. Isaiah can't resist helping a woman he is infatuated with look for her mother. What starts as a simple missing person case quickly puts them and those around them in danger. But IQ is still able to take time to check on a neighbor! I also love how Mr. Ide can write the book as a stand alone, but still manage to weave in characters, big and small, from previous books throughout. Sure some will continue in the future, but even those you thought were incidental or event specific characters seem to come back to haunt IQ. When does the next book come out?A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Mulholland Books in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mary-Beth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsIQ (Isaiah Quintabe) is a very appealing character, a detective who solves mysteries that others might consider beneath them. This novel, the third he's been featured in, wove together a variety of disparate strands (view spoiler)[(Abu Ghraib and Burning Man, among them) (hide spoiler)]. Unfortunately, his female counterpart Grace felt flat and dimensionless, especially when compared to the lively descriptions of Dodson, TK, Deronda, and many other minor characters in the book.
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  • Miles
    January 1, 1970
    3.49☆
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series and this may be the best installment so far!
  • Jason Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars
  • Don Gorman
    January 1, 1970
    (3 1/2). This is the third installment in this series and each one keeps getting better and better. Isiah has always been a really cool nerd, but this book takes him to a new level. The side characters here, even Isiah's love interest, are really not that special (with the exception of TK) , but the situation with the bad guys, on two different fronts, really are. We drag right out of the box for about 50 pages, and then you will have a hard time putting this one down. A really fun ride.
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