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(IQ #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  663 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
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 pa ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Mulholland Books
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Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
“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
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
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.
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Maine Colonial
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 ...more
Brenda Ayala
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelf-awareness
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.

Georges M
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Keenan Powell
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, mystery, thriller
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 ...more
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
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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
Joelle Egan
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 ...more
Rick Molitor
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
The Real Book Spy
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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,
Paul Wilner
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ide’s best yet. And that’s saying a lot.
Sandy Lenahan
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!!!
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
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
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Andre Hardy
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first of the series was still the best, but this installment adds quite a bit to the depth of the characters.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
May 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: book-challange
Joe Kucharski
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Joe Ide opens Wrecked, the latest of his neo-noir IQ series, with the book’s protagonist in a world of trouble. For Isaiah Quintabe, the eponymous hero of Ide’s novels, his world consists of the mean streets of LA. Yet, hot to help a desperate artist track down her long-lost mommy, IQ’s world expands as he becomes tangled with Blackwater-ish consulting firm involved with the Abu Ghraib atrocity. IQ, naturally, only wants to be involved with said desperate artist and her tricked-out GTI. Wrecked, ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Brad Bell
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Marilyn Shea
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The character given by Joe Ide to his erstwhile P.I. IQ is so good, he's a little hard to believe, yet one wants to. IQ or Isaiah Quintabe is really a good person, helping out the people living near him get their money back from a con man, returning a missing child, and being paid back by having his roof fixed, his driveway paved, his lawn mowed. When he's asked by Grace to help find the mother who has been missing 10 years he promptly falls in love and gets to work. There is a lot of violence, ...more
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Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles, an economically depressed area with a largely black population. Gangs and street crime were rampant. Like a lot of kids, Joe wanted to belong and his speech, style, musical tastes and attitudes reflected the neighborhood.

His favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. That a person could make his way

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IQ (3 books)
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  • Righteous (IQ, #2)