Righteous by Joe Ide

Righteous

In this hotly anticipated follow-up to the smash hit IQ, 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 Is...

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Righteous Reviews

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother

    This novel had me gripped and from page 57, I already knew, Joe Ide has written another 5* Genius novel!

    Isiah aka IQ, for readers new to the series, is the complex protagonist of Joe Ide’s genius novel. IQ is the Sherlock Holmes from the ghetto, with a golden heart and an intellect that outwits and manipulates, to bring justice within his local community of LA. IQ is articulate and was destined for Harvard University when tragedy struck! I am a huge fan of crime fiction and IQ is easily on my l

    This novel had me gripped and from page 57, I already knew, Joe Ide has written another 5* Genius novel!

    Isiah aka IQ, for readers new to the series, is the complex protagonist of Joe Ide’s genius novel. IQ is the Sherlock Holmes from the ghetto, with a golden heart and an intellect that outwits and manipulates, to bring justice within his local community of LA. IQ is articulate and was destined for Harvard University when tragedy struck! I am a huge fan of crime fiction and IQ is easily on my list of favourite characters. Righteous is the second in the IQ series.

    Isiah Quintabe is back, the novel picks up right where it left off. With the discovery of the car used in the hit and run that killed Isiah’s big brother Marcus. This leads Isiah into a path of revenge and the dying need for vigilante justice. Within this plot we see another side to Isiah, one not yet explored we see his self-reasoning and questioning as he struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding his brother’s death.

    Aside from his own personal situation, he has an ongoing case, one that will similarly lead right to the heart of the consequences of violence!

    After receiving a call from Sarita (Marcus’s girlfriend at time of his death); he is thrust into a complex case involving gambling debts/addiction, human trafficking, gangs, violence and ultimately gang warfare. The characters surrounding the many different gangs are exceptionally well written. They all have depth, a back story and are incredibly iconic.

    This is a case where we see IQ with his back against the wall. Gangs are notoriously known for being built upon secrecy, violence and loyalty. Where betrayal is a capital crime and violence is meted out with ease.

    An environment where gangbangers are always scheming and threatening, so who can you trust?

    The novel goes on to explain how and why gangs are formed and the inner working of triads, cartels and street gangs. But this is done within the story telling from a variety of perspectives. I felt as though I was in LA/Vegas watching it all unfold. Throughout this novel, I had an enduring feeling IQ would suffer emotionally upon the discovery of Marcus’s past and the facts surrounding his death. This kept tension throughout the novel and moved me to tears at times. Don’t think because this is an action packed read, it lacks an emotional edge!

    This novel is not only a sensational read, I found its message rather inspiring. Violence begets violence and harms all it touches.

    I highly recommend this novel 5* Genius!

    *A Q&A is also available for the author on my blog annebonnybookreviews.wordpress.com

    search Joe Ide. My review for IQ #1 in the series can also be found.

  • Faith

    I suggest reading "IQ", the first book in this series, before reading this book. Not because the stories are dependent on each other but because the first book was very original and introduced the wonderful character Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) who was Sherlock Holmes with more wit. Without that intro you might not get as much pleasure from reading "Righteous". In this book Isaiah is still trying to track down the driver who killed his brother Marcus in a hit and run a few years ago. Isaiah suspects th

    I suggest reading "IQ", the first book in this series, before reading this book. Not because the stories are dependent on each other but because the first book was very original and introduced the wonderful character Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) who was Sherlock Holmes with more wit. Without that intro you might not get as much pleasure from reading "Righteous". In this book Isaiah is still trying to track down the driver who killed his brother Marcus in a hit and run a few years ago. Isaiah suspects that this wasn't an accident but, since Marcus was almost saintly, the motive for this isn't apparent. He also agrees to help extricate the sister of a friend from some serious trouble that she has gotten into in Las Vegas.

    I thought that this book lacked focus. There was too much going on here, too many fight scenes and too many characters. The dialogue appealed to me more than the complex plot. Maybe the author felt the need to up the action because I think the series was sold for television. There are loan sharks, gambling addiction, Chinese gangsters, African gangsters, Mexican gangsters, drug dealers, prostitution, money laundering and more. There is also a somewhat tedious side trip to the courtship of one of Isaiah's friends.

    I hope that there is going to be more to this series because I still love Isaiah and this author is very good, but this book didn't quite live up to the first one for me.

  • William

    Like the first I.Q. book, there are two stories here, in two time-frames, nicely intermingled by Ide. In the first, Isaiah realises that he must pursue the events of Marcus' death, and in the second story, Isaiah and Dodson are perfectly mis-matched, and off and running to save the day for the wayward Janine in Las Vegas.

    Things get ever more complex, with Ide's insightful and horrifying look into the underworld of L.A. gan

    Like the first I.Q. book, there are two stories here, in two time-frames, nicely intermingled by Ide. In the first, Isaiah realises that he must pursue the events of Marcus' death, and in the second story, Isaiah and Dodson are perfectly mis-matched, and off and running to save the day for the wayward Janine in Las Vegas.

    Things get ever more complex, with Ide's insightful and horrifying look into the underworld of L.A. gangs and Las Vegas Triads. The insight about President Bush's good intentions towards the oppressed of China triggering an increasing horror in the USA was quite depressing.

    Throughout, Isaiah is a spectacular bling-noir gumshoe, and the prose and dialogue are top notch. For the first 2/3 of the book the pace is blistering and often hilarious. I was grinning like a madman!

    The ending contains the obligatory, somewhat clichéd and cockeyed shoot-out (not sure why this is obligatory in so many noir books these days) followed by a kind of epilogue was not-dump with some painful realisations for Isaiah about his life and future. Since we love Isaiah, we stand with him as he grows, and as he finds a little ray of hope on the last page. Wonderful.

    My notes and quotes:

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    7.0% .... WOW, what a rhythm! Delicious prose, the poetry of the 'hood!

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    25.0% .... Hahaaahahaahhaa

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    28.0% ... Wow, the fight scene in chapter 5 is fabulous and fun! Woot!

    35.0% .... omg this book is so much fun! Hurray, Ide!

    70.0% ... the story of how Leo acquired Zar is hilarious!

  • Katie

    Damn, I love these books. Truly the freshest take on a gumshoe I've read in a decade.

  • Pat

    4 stars

    Book #2 in the IQ series. In this installment, Isaiah Quintinabe (IQ) is still trying to find out what happened in the hit and run death of his brother Marcus. He receives a phone call from Marcus's old girlfriend Sarita. Her sister, Janine, may be in some trouble in Las Vegas and Sarita wants Isaiah to check on Janine. So begins two storylines, one taking place in Vegas and the other in IQ's neighborhood of LA.

    When I first began this novel I was excited to revisit IQ, Dawson and all the

    4 stars

    Book #2 in the IQ series. In this installment, Isaiah Quintinabe (IQ) is still trying to find out what happened in the hit and run death of his brother Marcus. He receives a phone call from Marcus's old girlfriend Sarita. Her sister, Janine, may be in some trouble in Las Vegas and Sarita wants Isaiah to check on Janine. So begins two storylines, one taking place in Vegas and the other in IQ's neighborhood of LA.

    When I first began this novel I was excited to revisit IQ, Dawson and all the other familiar characters from the first novel. I was not so keen on the storyline in Vegas and after awhile the alternating chapters started to put me off. How was this coming together? Ah, Joe Ide performed his magic by lining up all the loose ends and bringing them together. I never anticipated the ending he created. An excellent book #2.

  • Paromjit

    I had such high expectations for this sequel to IQ that I was afraid of being disappointed. My fears drifted away as I began to read, in fact I would venture to suggest that this book is even better, Joe Ide's writing has developed to give us two seamless stories running parallel in the narrative, that come together through the introduction of Sarita, the dead Marcus's girlfriend, over whom Isiah had an all consuming crush on. After it had almost destroyed him, Isiah had dropped his search for t

    I had such high expectations for this sequel to IQ that I was afraid of being disappointed. My fears drifted away as I began to read, in fact I would venture to suggest that this book is even better, Joe Ide's writing has developed to give us two seamless stories running parallel in the narrative, that come together through the introduction of Sarita, the dead Marcus's girlfriend, over whom Isiah had an all consuming crush on. After it had almost destroyed him, Isiah had dropped his search for the hit and run driver responsible for the death of Marcus, but the pain and intense grief has never left him. Upon locating the car used in the hit and run, Isiah is back on the trail, burning with revenge, hate and righteous anger, convinced his brother was murdered. Sarita calls IQ asking for help for her half sister, Janine, and her weak willed boyfriend, Benny, both gambling addicts. Their lives are on the line with trouble from a loan shark, Leo, and the 14K Triad, whom Benny had ill advisedly tried to blackmail.

    Isiah has acquired a pitbull, and is helping the locals in the poverty stricken Long Beach area of LA. However, he is feeling out of sorts when Sarita calls him. He jumps at the opportunity to help, daydreaming about himself and Sarita getting together and the rosy future they would have. We get reacquainted with Dodson, whose girlfriend, Cherise is now pregnant, Deronda, TK and others. Isiah and Dodson go to Vegas only to encounter mayhem, violence, Chinese gangs and the ugly side of life such as human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Add to this volatile mix a Mexican gang, run by the entrepreneurial Manzo, attempting to modernise and lift it out of the ghetto, yet still dogged with members holding on to their brutal history and instincts. IQ and Dodson fight their way through a trail of death and destruction in their efforts to save Janine, Benny and Ken, Sarita's father. Seb, a Rwandan civil war survivor who has remade himself in the US, finds himself a person of interest to Isiah as he digs deep to ascertain his connection to Marcus.

    Joe Ide delivers a tale full of allusions from the original Sherlock Holmes stories, told with wit, warmth and humour. It is written with vibrant prose and fantastic dialogue. It is a intricate story with psychological depth in its character studies, such as Isiah desperately trying to rise above the hate that is eating him up, and tuning into the most emotionally vulnerable side of a person to destroy them. Isiah has serious issues that he is forced to confront and address, his lack of social skills and difficulties in making relationships and so much more. There is nothing superficial in either the storylines or in any of the characters as they are developed. It is this complexity that marks Joe Ide as a gifted author writing this unique and barnstorming series. Cannot wait for the next in the series! Simply Superb and highly recommended. Many thanks to Orion for an ARC.

  • Lou

    Tale of two crime syndicates and the search for one truth behind a crime of kin.

    A second instalment in the days of a likeable p.i, a real character that just flows with style and originality.

    I loved the debut IQ and i had written about that in my review, “There is a real potent voice created by the author Joe Ide, he has crafted a tale about the alternative American dream the other side of the fences tale, a tale of poetic justice in ways, in pursuit of happinesses and what people in the concret

    Tale of two crime syndicates and the search for one truth behind a crime of kin.

    A second instalment in the days of a likeable p.i, a real character that just flows with style and originality.

    I loved the debut IQ and i had written about that in my review, “There is a real potent voice created by the author Joe Ide, he has crafted a tale about the alternative American dream the other side of the fences tale, a tale of poetic justice in ways, in pursuit of happinesses and what people in the concrete jungle will do for it.”

    Here we have some of the same.

    The same sharp writing with potent prose, the same bang on dialogue and clear scenes, that has you being there in the thick of of it all, and the same social commentary of which is a good thing.

    The author has a great way with writing with humour and similes , “Manzo backhanded her so hard her head did a Linda Blair, and she collapsed like somebody had yanked out her skeleton.”

    Here is a peak at the main protagonist the p.i, Isaiah, describing himself, in a scene, “He looked his age, twenty-six; six feet tall and slim, maybe an athlete, maybe not. You’d choose him third for pickup basketball. His face surprised him, so watchful and serious. A girl once told him he looked like he was waiting for bad weather. He thought his nose was too broad, and his lips were too thick. It embarrassed him to think like that. He looked okay but just."

    He is still a p.i that relaxes, "......he sat in his easy chair, drinking an espresso and listening to Segovia.”

    The narrative shifts with chapters between past and present.

    Dialogue with its profanities at times, real dialogue of the denizens of the tale, story pace has no bore and many things going on, mucho goings on than the debut.

    Review its excerpts @

  • Trev Twinem

    Great characterization and a cracking dialogue It is refreshing to discover something new and exciting under the heading of crime fiction; meet Isaiah Quintabe affectionately known as IQ to his friends. He's a fast talking young man who lives and works in Long Beach California, almost akin to a modern day bounty hunter, who accepts occasional criminal cases as a means to survive. When Sarita the ex girlfriend of his brother Marcus (killed in a hit and run some 10 years previous) asks for his hel

    Great characterization and a cracking dialogue It is refreshing to discover something new and exciting under the heading of crime fiction; meet Isaiah Quintabe affectionately known as IQ to his friends. He's a fast talking young man who lives and works in Long Beach California, almost akin to a modern day bounty hunter, who accepts occasional criminal cases as a means to survive. When Sarita the ex girlfriend of his brother Marcus (killed in a hit and run some 10 years previous) asks for his help to rescue her younger sister Janine who has gone missing in Las Vegas he is eager to assist. Together with his trusty partner Dobson (two egos trying to outflank eachother!) they make haste for America's gambling mecca and an imminent confrontation with a motley crew of gangsters including a hit team of Chinese triads. In addition IQ is convinced that his brother Marcus was not accidently killed but rather the target of some evil men and he is determined to find out who and why.....

     

    I love the pace and sheer roller coaster ride as the narration introduces a many and varied list of characters that constantly confront the reader, all with a story to tell. The ability of the author to hold my interest was undoubtedly due to the cracking dialogue that positively fizzled from the first page....."the Eiffel Tower lit up like Elton John at a New Year's Eve party"....."why you'd wear a miniskirt if your thighs were like two whales swimming side by side"...."The bartender was a twist of beef jerky in a chartreuse polo shirt"....."its claws scooping out creek beds of flesh; suture marks left by someone with a knitting needle and kite string"...."There were consequences to violence, like grief it changed you"....."the real fear was of mortality. Death was palpable, and you're suddenly aware that you're alive by the thinnest of margins"...

     

    In this review more than any other I am content to let the writing skills of Joe Ide bring the story alive.To me I almost feel he is a Raymond Chandler for the modern age; beautiful prose that smack you in the face with their audacity, leaving you smiling and begging for more. This is the second book in the series and I shall be reading book one almost immediately...it is that good and comes from me to you with the greatest recommendation. Many thanks to the good people of netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.

     

  • Laura

    I am so happy I found this series.

    Righteous is book two in Joe Ide’s IQ series. A series that introduced me to Isaiah Quintabe, a detective for his neighborhood of East Long Beach and more. He sees and thinks like no one else! I love how is brain *clicks*clicks*clicks* everything into place. He's quick and dangerous and so much fun to watch. You’ve got see the trouble he gets himself into and the trouble that seems to find him on a daily basis.

    Our story flips back and forth between two cases. Bu

    I am so happy I found this series.

    Righteous is book two in Joe Ide’s IQ series. A series that introduced me to Isaiah Quintabe, a detective for his neighborhood of East Long Beach and more. He sees and thinks like no one else! I love how is brain *clicks*clicks*clicks* everything into place. He's quick and dangerous and so much fun to watch. You’ve got see the trouble he gets himself into and the trouble that seems to find him on a daily basis.

    Our story flips back and forth between two cases. But the big question is whether Isaiah finally hunts down the truth about his brother’s death. Readers follow along the fast moving, bullet ridden path from East Long Beach to Vegas and back again! Isaiah is investigating the death of his brother and a find-grab-and-protect case for his brother’s old girlfriend. It was fun to see Isaiah in Vegas—especially with Dodson at his side, but I missed the Long Beach neighborhood connections and feel. The non-stop action kept the story speeding along from shootout to shootout though. It was fun and fast! History definitely catches up to Isaiah here. Or maybe he finally catches up to his past.

    My favorite part of this series though is the relationship and energy between Dodson and Isaiah. It even grew and took a step or two in this chapter. Isaiah may be brilliant, but boy-o-boy does he need a slap upside the head when it comes to relationships and emotions. I do have to give him credit for one thing though….he listens to people and advice. People point out some hard lessons to him in this book, tell him how it is, and he actually listens and takes steps to change. I like that. Not many people in this world really listen, take it in, and try to change. You have to meet Dodson and Isaiah though! Their bond is like nothing I’ve seen before. They have a past that ties them together along with mistakes and pain that give their relationship weight. You’ll feel it. They bicker and pick at each other nonstop though. Like family! The way they compete with each other is almost inspiring—they push each other to think faster, move quicker, be better. They make each other work for it. I love their energy. They act like brothers, but will Isaiah ever see that? You’re going to have to read to find out.

    Book two is chock full of brains and bullets! A fast ride, chase, and hunt with a ticking clock full of suspense and action. Will the gangsters catch up to their mark? Can Isaiah and Dodson survive a trip to Vegas together? Will Dodson make it back in time for the birth of his child? Will Cherise kill him if he doesn’t? Throw in strong female characters (Don’t mess with Deronda!), Chinese gangsters, killers, gamblers, likeable characters, and unlikeable characters galore and you’ve got yourself one hell of a read. We meet them all! Readers get to hear so many points of view that pull you in and hold you there with history and violence and life. This book has life and blood and love pumping through its veins! Jump on in and see.

    Can’t wait for more!

    Favorite Deronda line:

  • Ed

    Joe Ide's brilliant sequel to last years "IQ" takes Long Beach, California's young detective Isaiah Quintabe to another level of entertaining crime fiction. By "entertaining", I mean when every paragraph makes you smile with sheer appreciation of the words you're reading. "Entertaining" in this book is a vast understatement and does not begin to do justice to this truly awesome mystery/thriller. The introverted Isaiah is still grieving over the hit and run death of his beloved brother and life m

    Joe Ide's brilliant sequel to last years "IQ" takes Long Beach, California's young detective Isaiah Quintabe to another level of entertaining crime fiction. By "entertaining", I mean when every paragraph makes you smile with sheer appreciation of the words you're reading. "Entertaining" in this book is a vast understatement and does not begin to do justice to this truly awesome mystery/thriller. The introverted Isaiah is still grieving over the hit and run death of his beloved brother and life mentor Marcus years earlier. He subsequently comes to the realization that it might not have been hit and run at all but a deliberate hit. At the same time, Sarita, Marcus's beautiful girlfriend, asked IQ for his help in extricating her gambling addicted sister out of a jam in Las Vegas. Stricken by the exotic Sarita, IQ agrees, heads for Vegas and the action explodes.

    The intricately complex plot evolves out from there in spider web-like directions to encompass "tribes" of wonderfully developed characters including members of a Latino street gang, a Chinese Triad, a local LA Chinese gang, African Americans and African immigrants, all with compelling back stories and cross motivations. Razor sharp prose, action, humor and an unforgettable cast of characters make this one of the very best mystery/thrillers you read this year. And just when you think you figured out who killed Marcus and why, you had it all wrong. Highly recommended!


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