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
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherMulholland Books
ISBN-139780316509510
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller

Wrecked (IQ #3) Review

  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    “Get ready, son,...Cause Karma’s about to kick your ass.”Blackmail, conspiracy, and an awkwardly sweet romance are at the forefront of Wrecked, the third book in the IQ series. This is a fast-paced, action-packed mystery filled with quirky loveable characters and intriguing cases. The 3rd book in the IQ series finds Isaiah Quintabe, a.k.a. Sherlock from the Hood, no longer consumed with avenging his brother’s murder. Now business partners with Dodson, Isaiah’s attention is diverted by a woman “Get ready, son,...Cause Karma’s about to kick your ass.”Blackmail, conspiracy, and an awkwardly sweet romance are at the forefront of Wrecked, the third book in the IQ series. This is a fast-paced, action-packed mystery filled with quirky loveable characters and intriguing cases. The 3rd book in the IQ series finds Isaiah Quintabe, a.k.a. Sherlock from the Hood, no longer consumed with avenging his brother’s murder. Now business partners with Dodson, Isaiah’s attention is diverted by a woman named Grace, whom he briefly encountered in the previous book. When Grace hires IQ to find her missing mother, Isaiah doesn’t realize he’s about to get drawn into a case that involves a private military firm and former Abu Grahib guards. Dodson has his own worries as he is being blackmailed by a mysterious man. Deronda is brought in to help, which leads to even more trouble. We see a softer side of Isaiah, as he no longer all-consumed by avenging his brother’s murder. HIs infatuation with Grace highlights his insecurities as well as his loneliness. No longer fueled by anger and pain over Marcus’s murder, Isiah realizes his life is emptier than he realized and solitude takes its toll. He is desperate to connect with Grace, which makes him even more awkward than usual. His infatuation throws him off his game and causes him to make careless mistakes that jeopardize both his and Grace’s lives.Like Isaiah's character, Dodson has also grown...well, somewhat! I enjoyed seeing a softer side to Dodson--I love his relationship with his newborn son and his wife, Cherise. Desperate to keep Cherise from finding out even more sordid details from his past, he almost makes the mistake again of putting his wife and newborn son in danger...Thankfully, Cherise is smarter than Dodson!Wrecked is a dark, brutally violent, and intelligent read. The violence is extreme, so much so that I had to take breaks to recover. Thankfully there’s a lot of humor woven in to lighten the tone. Despite the violence, the overall tone is lighter than the previous books in the series. The plot moves quickly, almost too quickly as one of the cases spirals out of control.I love Isaiah--his character is the reason I read this series. His pain and loneliness are palpable. It was nice to see him try his hand at romance and connect with another human being. His character is evolving and I hope he continues to grow. I recommend this series to those looking for something that goes outside of the box. Be forewarned: the language is raw and violence fills the pages. However, the characters and writing make it worthwhile!
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy this series and find it one of the most refreshing to listen to. Sullivan Jones just does a superb job as the narrator. Dodson and IQ are now partners. In my mind, Dodson comes across as a young Kevin Hart. He steals the scenes. There’s a lot of humor in these books and more often than not, it involves Dodson. IQ is lonely. As luck would have it, the gal he is interested in, who doesn’t seem at all interested back, hires him to find her mother. Things quickly heat up and things ge I really enjoy this series and find it one of the most refreshing to listen to. Sullivan Jones just does a superb job as the narrator. Dodson and IQ are now partners. In my mind, Dodson comes across as a young Kevin Hart. He steals the scenes. There’s a lot of humor in these books and more often than not, it involves Dodson. IQ is lonely. As luck would have it, the gal he is interested in, who doesn’t seem at all interested back, hires him to find her mother. Things quickly heat up and things get very nasty fast. There is a lot of very gruesome violence, especially in the backstories, and anyone who is squeamish might want to give this one a pass. There are lots of moving parts in this story and attention must be paid to keep track of all the characters, especially the villains. I enjoyed this but not as much as the first two books in the series. Still, if there is a book four, I will definitely check it out.
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  • Josh
    January 1, 1970
    Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ) can be likened to a modern day Sherlock Holmes, such is his superior intellect and heightened powers of deduction which are comparable to the renowned PI of early crime fiction. While his sidekick, Dodson isn't quite Sherlock's Watson, he's a great character and a perfect fit for IQ; both in his ability to help (and at times hinder) an investigation while also providing a humorous outlet for the often dire situations the duo find themselves in. In Wrecked, the third IQ n Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ) can be likened to a modern day Sherlock Holmes, such is his superior intellect and heightened powers of deduction which are comparable to the renowned PI of early crime fiction. While his sidekick, Dodson isn't quite Sherlock's Watson, he's a great character and a perfect fit for IQ; both in his ability to help (and at times hinder) an investigation while also providing a humorous outlet for the often dire situations the duo find themselves in. In Wrecked, the third IQ novel, author Joe Ide dumb downs IQ a little which casts the urban sleuth in a new light; showcasing his insecurities and vulnerabilities, which ultimately transforms the character into something more real-world. His struggles and failures are gains for the reader and the supporting cast who pay a more pivotal role in the plot (this being Dodson, Gloria, and the bad guys). Wrecked reads perfectly well as standalone but is much better with the added context of the previous novels in IQ and Righteous. My rating: 5/5 stars. This series continues to grow from strength to strength. Highly recommended.
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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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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    The interesting start is wasted by fraying off into many directions and culminating to a tragic end. 3 of 10 stars
  • 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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  • 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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  • Tom Swift
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 3rd installment of the IQ series. IQ is a young man in South Central LA who solves crimes as a private detective. He is the Sherlock Holmes of the hood. Fun, fresh series.
  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Check out my Interview for 2019 with Joe IdeStory 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 Check out my Interview for 2019 with Joe IdeStory 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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  • 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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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    IQ Returns For A Third Adventure Some private eyes are cool, calm, and collected like Humphrey Bogart. Others are like Mike Hammer with an outstretched arm and a .45 ready to explode in violence. Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ) is yer a third type of private eye. He’s a young, unworldly, deductive genius who helps out folks in his east Long Beach neighborhood. In this third IQ novel, there are both strains of IQ’s unique computer-like deductive reasonings, action-Packed thriller parts with a team of hi IQ Returns For A Third Adventure Some private eyes are cool, calm, and collected like Humphrey Bogart. Others are like Mike Hammer with an outstretched arm and a .45 ready to explode in violence. Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ) is yer a third type of private eye. He’s a young, unworldly, deductive genius who helps out folks in his east Long Beach neighborhood. In this third IQ novel, there are both strains of IQ’s unique computer-like deductive reasonings, action-Packed thriller parts with a team of highly trained ex-soldiers as the bad guys, and other urban crime scenes. Ide’s writing has matured through these novels and once again he offers the readers a thrilling ride.
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  • Still
    January 1, 1970
    Best in the series. But you have to read the first two outstanding entries before starting this. Characters from the earlier entries reappear, plot threads from the previous entries are neatly wrapped up. Justice prevails.I’ll try to write a more coherent review post-Christmas Holidays.Highest recommendation!
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    6.5/10The concept of a Holmes type sleuth in the ghetto exchanging solutions to mysteries for home baked goods was what drew me to this series, it felt like a unique setting and voice in a densely populated crime/thriller field. However, there was little to no sleuthing in this outing and it felt more like a generic thriller than what I was hoping for. The characters are still fun to read about but it felt like little to no progression was made with them over this book and the romance aspect fel 6.5/10The concept of a Holmes type sleuth in the ghetto exchanging solutions to mysteries for home baked goods was what drew me to this series, it felt like a unique setting and voice in a densely populated crime/thriller field. However, there was little to no sleuthing in this outing and it felt more like a generic thriller than what I was hoping for. The characters are still fun to read about but it felt like little to no progression was made with them over this book and the romance aspect felt a bit forced and repetitive the further into the story I got. I wasn’t all that bothered for the mystery either as it felt a bit too far fetched taking on a multimillionaire defence mogul and his team of highly trained army folk when these are just some regular ghetto folk with no real training. It feels like I’m being harsh on this but I was a bit disappointed as I’ve come to expect good things after a great opening book. I’m not done with the series but I think the next book will sway my opinion on whether I’ll want more.
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  • Brenda A
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.What happens when you share a cup of tea with a person at more than one occasion? You gain knowledge, knowledge on who they are and how they are with you. Through repetition you notice the little things that make them special, whether it is in a good light or not. It’s this process of getting to know the person that becomes valuable as you change in your way of behaving around that person and start to have a better idea of what you can or can’t You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.What happens when you share a cup of tea with a person at more than one occasion? You gain knowledge, knowledge on who they are and how they are with you. Through repetition you notice the little things that make them special, whether it is in a good light or not. It’s this process of getting to know the person that becomes valuable as you change in your way of behaving around that person and start to have a better idea of what you can or can’t expect of someone. That’s how I now feel about the protagonist of Joe Ide’s IQ detective series. Meeting Isaiah Quintabe, also known as IQ, was simply magical as his mannerism and understanding of people and the world reminds you of the world’s greatest detective Sherlock Holmes, but with a touch of singularity as he lives in East Long Beach and solves local crime without asking much in return. With a partner who hustles for a living, Dodson serves as his Watson and together they make an unforgettable and hilarious duo.In this third adventure, Isaiah Quintabe finds himself facing the most dangerous threat yet and that is an understatement. Now that his services are known by just about everyone and their grandmother, his trusted sidekick looks to turn it all into an official private investigation business where Christmas sweaters and favours aren’t the main currency and reward for their crime-solving skills. As they kick things off quickly, IQ is also reached out by a young painter who wishes to track down her missing mother. While she has been an interest for IQ to fill the relationship gap that has been plaguing his life, it also so happens that her mother is linked to a paramilitary organization who have been involved in one of the most controversial event in history that took place in the Abu Ghraib prison. As the mess gets worse by the hour, Dodson is also tossed into an impending disaster as the past comes hunting him regarding a buried murder incident.This felt like a return to form for IQ. While the first book was a wonderful hit, the second one vainly tried to dig itself out of a hole. But this third book quickly found a wonderful pace and delivered everything else, from character development to plot resolution, just as swiftly. What I liked is how much darker things got in this story as torture, both mental and physical, takes on a living form and becomes a lurking creature throughout the whole mystery. The fact that the stakes where much bigger and the situation much more dangerous for our local heroes made things so much more intriguing, and actually challenged IQ into being the problem-solver that I knew him to be. His deduction skills don’t only showcase his brain power, but also modulates according to his emotions. In fact, romance was such a huge deal in the previous book but it was never executed properly, but in Wrecked, the love interest is intriguing and the connection between the characters are far more authentic and natural.The use of multiple point of views has been a rocky literary decision for Joe Ide, but it was slightly better done here and I believe it all came down to who’s point of view it was. In fact, the reason why it was such a struggle in the past is because some characters were simply less interesting than others and whenever those characters were given the spotlight, it simply disrupted the reading flow. In Wrecked, the multiple point of views is much more refined and gives us a better understanding of so many characters through past or current events. On top of that, the banter between a lot of these characters are a lot more enjoyable this time around, especially with Dodson and his ex-girlfriend Deronda who just have some of the best repartee in the game.Wrecked has everything that explains why I enjoy my time with IQ. Clear and vivid story-telling, unique and lively characters, and clever resolutions. With the latest installment delivering a great story, I just can’t wait to see what else Joe Ide is able to deliver with IQ.Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me a copy for review!Yours truly,Lashaan | Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog: https://bookidote.com/
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  • William
    January 1, 1970
    5-Stars. Terrific fun throughout. Once again Joe Ide thrills and entertains!Time has passed, IQ and Dodson have had successes, one of which comes back to haunt them in the lesser of the two main plots of WreckedThe other is a solidly constructed "missing person" case, more complicated than it looks. Ide confidently draws these characters, presents his usual excellent and sharp dialogue, and moves to a very satisfying conclusion for both plots. Toss in some sub-plots with previous villains and yo 5-Stars. Terrific fun throughout. Once again Joe Ide thrills and entertains!Time has passed, IQ and Dodson have had successes, one of which comes back to haunt them in the lesser of the two main plots of WreckedThe other is a solidly constructed "missing person" case, more complicated than it looks. Ide confidently draws these characters, presents his usual excellent and sharp dialogue, and moves to a very satisfying conclusion for both plots. Toss in some sub-plots with previous villains and you have a delicious mix of action, planning and personalities. Wonderful!Ide clearly loves his characters, and imbues them with personality and human drives and foibles. As usual, this was a rush for me, reading almost straight through in two sittings.I particularly like the hesitant romance between IQ and his client... very sweet indeed. Even Dodson grows more real, and even a bit fatherly here. His partner, Cherise, is solid and smart and loving. She sees in Dodson traits that we don't always behold. Very sweet.Be warned, there are some torture scenes, which you can skim. They are only a 5/10 on the scale of brutality for me.A thoroughly wonderful, fun and exciting next book for IQ and associates.Quotes and notes:Nobody in the top brass got busted. Not a single one. Not the brigade commander, prison commander, operational supervisor, or anybody else above the rank of sergeant. All they got was a reprimand.She was one of those people who was right about everything and knew the proper way, the only way, to do everything from making a pie crust and removing stains to child-rearing and dealing with the white man.she saw a story on the news about high-quality fake IDs from China. You could buy them online for two hundred bucks. Same card material, thickness, bar code, photo, font, even the hologram was perfect. They made them for twenty different states.She had come to believe kindness was the most important quality a person could have, the paucity of it in her life making it all the more cherished.There were a million other things, meaningless now that they were gone. She wondered why the stuff had mattered at all and why they’d squandered so much of their time on life’s detritus instead of each other.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Mr. Ide,Thank you for another badass read with mystery, action, love, and loneliness. I adore Isaiah Quintabe (IQ). He can make me smile, laugh, sad, and think—and often times all at once! Wrecked, your third book in the IQ series, felt more like a Grace book to me though. The other characters hijacked the story in this one. I like hearing about and from the full cast of characters in your books, but I needed more time in Isaiah’s head and heart here. Seeing Isaiah’s mind in action is one o Dear Mr. Ide,Thank you for another badass read with mystery, action, love, and loneliness. I adore Isaiah Quintabe (IQ). He can make me smile, laugh, sad, and think—and often times all at once! Wrecked, your third book in the IQ series, felt more like a Grace book to me though. The other characters hijacked the story in this one. I like hearing about and from the full cast of characters in your books, but I needed more time in Isaiah’s head and heart here. Seeing Isaiah’s mind in action is one of my favorite parts of this world. But I just didn’t feel it in this story.Isaiah is the star of the show. I’ll follow him anywhere. BUT you do know that Dodson is just as hilarious, addictive, and magnetic—right? You have a dynamic duo here! I can feel something special every time Dodson and Isaiah share space. They click and bounce off each other seamlessly.Sadly you did not use Dodson and Isaiah’s chemistry or history or magnetism to the full degree in Wrecked. Hell—you kept them apart for most of the book! I wanted and needed more Isaiah and Dodson time on the page. *stomps foot in frustration* Their relationship contains that rare and dazzling ingredient that every writer hopes to create! It propels this series into the ranks of kickass! Please! Please include more Isaiah and Dodson time in book 4.Thank you for listening to me whine and beg.Can’t wait to be back in Oakland for more trouble and fun with Isaiah and his band of misfits/accomplices/family.Sincerely,--Laura
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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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  • Rick Molitor
    January 1, 1970
    It nice to have a new fresh character out there like IQ who uses his brain instead of weapons. These books just keep getting better and better.
  • Paul Wilner
    January 1, 1970
    Ide’s best yet. And that’s saying a lot.
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Joe Ide once again tells an interesting crime story about people liviing in Southern California. IQ and his business partner seem to get into terrible trouble with little prospect of remuneration. Once again Sullivan Jones does a perfect reading in the audiobook.
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  • Chip
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent. A little excessively coincidental at times, but that’s uncommon for books of this genre.
  • 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!!!
  • Geoff Smith
    January 1, 1970
    The third I.Q. novel is more of the same.I love Joe Ide. He's such a skillful writer. His description, his similes and his dialogue. I was so looking forward to this, and I saw the reviews from advanced copies, saying it was a bigger, more expansive book, and I thought, wow. this might be I.Q's Long Goodbye - except it wasn't quite that.It was more of the same - except for me it was not quite so good as either of the first two.Don't get me wrong. I still loved it. I liked the part where Dodson w The third I.Q. novel is more of the same.I love Joe Ide. He's such a skillful writer. His description, his similes and his dialogue. I was so looking forward to this, and I saw the reviews from advanced copies, saying it was a bigger, more expansive book, and I thought, wow. this might be I.Q's Long Goodbye - except it wasn't quite that.It was more of the same - except for me it was not quite so good as either of the first two.Don't get me wrong. I still loved it. I liked the part where Dodson was trying to forge a role as Isiah's partner. It was a shame that this dynamic disappeared early on. It was replaced with the Love interest subplot with Grace, and this aspect of the novel never really grabbed me.And unlike the other I.Q. novels the bad guy was revealed to the reader right from the start, and again, I wasn't totally convinced by this.So it's five stars - Hell, it's still an I.Q. novel! - but if I were starting from nothing I would read I.Q. or Righteous first.
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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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