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Hi Five (An IQ Novel #4) (Paperback)

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By Joe Ide
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This is book number 4 in the An IQ Novel series.

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I was drawn to this book by its James Baldwin epigraph, and then Ide took over and his vivid and clever, sometimes noirish, prose knocked my socks off. His characters, from the same South Central LA area that Ide grew up in, are marvelously complex and intriguing, with his greatest creation being his street-smart and ingenious crime solver detective, IQ. Here, IQ is hired by a notorious arms dealer to solve a murder case. The plot is suspenseful, the denouement surprising with several dizzyingly page-turning episodes that kept me reading long into the night. But solving the crime was almost incidental to my enjoyment of the book. The thrill came from being immersed in Ide's prose, IQ’s world, to experience the day to day struggles of his characters to know themselves, to be better versions of themselves. As much as IQ is trying to solve a crime, he’s trying to solve life’s mysteries, to get at truths. I was looking for a distraction during the pandemic and found so much more. I am happily hooked.

— From Jeanne's Picks


One woman. Five personalities. Private investigator IQ is back to piece together a Newport Beach murder with an eyewitness who gives "people person" a whole new meaning.
Christiana is the daughter of the biggest arms dealer on the West Coast, Angus Byrne. She's also the sole witness and number one suspect in the murder of her boyfriend, found dead in her Newport Beach boutique. Isaiah Quintabe is coerced into taking the case to prove her innocence. If he can't, Angus will harm the brilliant PI's new girlfriend, ending her career.
The catch: Christiana has multiple personalities. Among them, a naïve, beautiful shopkeeper, an obnoxious drummer in a rock band, and a wanton seductress.
Isaiah's dilemma: no one personality saw the entire incident. To find out what really happened the night of the murder, Isaiah must piece together clues from each of the personalities . . . before the cops close in on him.

About the Author

Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles, where his favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. He held a variety of different jobs -- including Hollywood screenwriter -- before writing IQ, his debut novel, which went on to win the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus awards. Joe lives in Santa Monica, CA.

Praise For…

A New York Times Best Thriller of 2020
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2020

"Engrossing . . . IQ's cases have become more complex, the stakes raised for the African American detective and a cast of regular characters who give the series an unexpected warmth. . . . The author is skilled at developing the humanity of every character, regardless of their perspective. It's a hallmark of Ide's evolving style that allows Hi Five to stand on its own for first-time readers, even as the series deepens longtime fans' engagement. . . . Hi Five succeeds on so many fronts as it sets IQ and the series' characters on an uncertain path down darker roads."—Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times

"Savor the freshness, vividness and ingenuity of the author's prose. . . . There are real truths hidden in the entertainment. . . . Hit men, henchmen, bagmen -- they all wander in and out of a highly diverting book that crackles with life and vividness."—Sarah Lyall, New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Ide is a remarkable writer, inhabiting the personae and rendering the back stories of a diverse assortment of characters... 'Hi Five' more than earns its triumphant title."—Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"The end result of all Ide's frenetic literary machinations, however, is a crime novel that gives readers a sense of the totality of life in all its possibility: comedy, violence, irrationality and heartbreak. It's no longer a fresh observation to say that Ide is an original as a suspense writer, but, certainly, every novel he writes - including Hi Five - feels like a new invention."—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

"While novels about hotshot detectives have thrived since the days of Sherlock Holmes, Joe Ide delivers a fresh and wholly modern update to the genre. . . . Ide's rapid-paced, colorful dialogue pops off the page as he brings to life rappers, arms dealers, loan sharks and gangsters across four novels."—TIME

"Buy Hi Five by the great Joe Ide, the latest in his brilliant series about Isaiah Quintabe, a modern Sherlock Holmes from Long Beach, Calif. Trust me on this: There's nobody out there right now better than Joe Ide."—Mike Lupica, New York Daily News

I"t's a mark of Ide's skill that he's able to pull off such a plot, and he does it with credibility and more than a little poignancy."—Michele Ross, The Plain Dealer

"It's all part of the evolution of the character that in Hi Five sees Isaiah moving into darker places."—Peter Larsen, The Orange County Register

"In Edgar-finalist Ide's stellar fourth IQ novel...readers will root for Ide's distinctive lead every step of the way. This innovative series continues to show promise for a long, high-quality run."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316509541
ISBN-10: 031650954X
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: January 26th, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: An IQ Novel