October 18, 2016
"Isaiah Quintabe is Unlicensed and Undaground." ~ 4%
Murders, kidnappings, and missing persons are at a high crime rate. But a young man takes it upon himself to help solve crimes in the neighborhood that the LAPD ignores. They call him IQ (full name Isaiah Quintabe). No, he is not a professional investigator. In fact, he is a high school dropout. He charges clients whatever they can afford (often a homemade casserole). When he takes on the case of a rap mogul, IQ's and his client's lives are in danger.
I was so excited to read this mystery featuring a unique main character. Right away I was drawn in to the main character's dialogue and talking style in slang. Then it seemed forced. It reminded me of a person purposely talking ebonics to fit in with his/her surroundings. Annoying much. This made it difficult to read. I understand that IQ grew up in one of LA's toughest neighborhoods. The author himself grew up in South Central LA with a largely black population. Hence, their speech reflects their neighborhood. But there is a difference between natural and forced speech. After a few chapters, it was very distracting.
If you are able to bypass the dialogue of IQ and deal with his random clients, then read IQ. No doubt you will be entertained. This is not your normal fictional hero.
Happy Pub Day, Joe Ide. IQ is available today.
Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Author: Joe Ide
Published: October 2016