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Author: Joe Ide Narrator: Sullivan Jones Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The IQ Series Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781478935056
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In this hotly anticipated follow-up to the smash hit IQ, a New York Times Critics’ Best of the Year and nominee for the Best First Novel Edgar Award, Isaiah uncovers a secret behind the death of his brother, Marcus.

For ten years, something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe’s gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again-or lose his mind.

A case takes him and his volatile, dubious sidekick, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsters and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a DJ and her screwball boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn’t find the two first, they’ll be murdered. Awaiting the outcome is the love of IQ’s life: fail, and he’ll lose her. Isaiah’s quest is fraught with treachery, menace, and startling twists, and it will lead him to the mastermind behind his brother’s death, Isaiah’s own sinister Moriarty.
With even more action, suspense, and mind-bending mysteries than Isaiah’s first adventures, Righteous is a rollicking, ingenious thrill ride.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Sullivan Jones, reprising his role as IQ, consequently takes on every manner of thug himself: Mexican street gang members, loan sharks and their heavies, Rwandan drug dealers, and Chinese hit men. The various players become increasingly entangled, keeping both IQ and his narrator busy. But no worries: Both rise from the chaos triumphant. At the end of the story, the author signals new adventures ahead for IQ. Let’s hope Jones will be the one delivering them. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Joe Ide is the best new discovery I’ve come across in a long time. And Isaiah Quintabe is the kind of sleuth not seen on the mystery landscape before. Righteous is a riveting follow-up to IQ."

    Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Chronological uncertainty heightens the suspense of talented author Joe Ide’s impressively written, page-turning second novel.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Ide’s sense of humor, his effervescent dialogue, and his knack for moments of emotion [are] all still present here, terrific news for readers.”

    USA Today

  • “Ide keeps Righteous on a righteous path of compelling storytelling, allowing his characters to flourish while exploring the worst of human nature…Righteous elevates the author—and his characters—to a new level.”

    Associated Press

  • Outstanding . . . Ide again makes his hero's deductive brilliance plausible, while presenting an emotionally engaging story that doesn't shy away from presenting the bleakest aspects of humanity. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “[A] scorcher…Ide manages to combine light and dark in wholly unpredictable ways, blending comic capering with real-life bloodletting in a manner that diminishes neither and taps a vein of deep emotion lurking amid the laugh lines and spurts of violence.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Ide is quickly proving himself the heir to Elmore Leonard, with an added knack for Sherlock-style deduction. His hero, Isaiah Quintabe, still works out of South Central LA, but in Righteous he heads to Vegas for a tangle with a Hong Kong-based triad. This is one of the most innovative PI series in recent memory, and Ide is rightfully earning a devoted following of readers.”

    Literary Hub

  • "[Ide] keeps your head in the game throughout with his witty style and edgy storytelling…A thrilling follow-up to one of the more auspicious detective-series debuts in recent memory.”

    Kirkus Reviews
  • Joe Ide has got all the pre-requisites of a great mystery writer: an acerbic wit, a craftsman's mastery of pace, and a clear-eyed but big-hearted view of humankind. His humble and low-key hero, a P.I. named IQ, is a joy to spend time with, and once you've hung out in this Los Angeles of two-bit thugs, half-baked capers, and big scary dogs, you'll be as excited as I am for a sequel. Ben Winters, author of Underground Airlines
  • Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
  • An NPR Pick for 2017
  • Finalist for the 2017 Best of the Year in Mysteries & Thrillers
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Favorite Books of 2017
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, his favorite books were Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. He went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing IQ, his debut novel inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock.

About the Narrator

Sullivan Jones is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.