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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 in the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him.Eventually, he went on to university and received a graduate degree in education. He worked as a school teacher, a college lecturer, a corporate middle manager and director of an NGO that offered paralegal services and emergency shelter to abused women and children. He went on to write screenplays for a number of major studios but none of the projects came to fruition.It was then he decided to write his debut novel, IQ, about an unlicensed, underground detective; a character inspired by his early experiences and love of Sherlock Holmes.Joe lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and Golden Retriever, Gusto.
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Joe Ide - 2020-01-21
A young artist's missing mother sets off a series of dangerous events in this thrilling novel. IQ, the successful and notorious PI in East Long Beach, takes on the case and uncovers unexpected connections to a dangerous paramilitary operation. With help from his old accomplices and a new love interest, IQ faces off against the Oxford-educated African gangster responsible for his brother's death. Don't miss out on this outrageous page-turner from Joe Ide.
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Joe Ide - 2020-06-03
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Discover a young and atypical African-American detective named Isaiah Quintabe, nicknamed IQ, with exceptional observation skills reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes. He dedicates his energy to helping the poor and marginalized in Los Angeles, often ignored by the police. Haunted by the unsolved murder of his brother, Isaiah takes on a case from his brother's ex-girlfriend in Las Vegas, seeing it as a sign. Joe Ide's characters are extraordinary, the dialogue is fantastic, and the attention to detail is impeccable, making him one of the most intriguing and distinctive voices in West Coast crime fiction.
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Joe Ide - 2021-02-23
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In this mystery book, set in East Long Beach, California, a high school dropout named Isaiah uses his exceptional intelligence to solve crimes that the police can't or won't touch. Known as "IQ," he offers his services to those in need, with rates based on income. The book features the same beloved characters and thrilling action from previous entries in the series, building up to an unexpected twist.
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Joe Ide - 2017-10-17
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In this highly-anticipated sequel, a private investigator named Isaiah Quintabe seeks revenge for the unexplained and tragic death of his brother. The case takes him and his unpredictable partner to Vegas, where they must navigate a dangerous game with Chinese gangsters and an oppressive loan shark in order to save a pair of clients from certain death. The investigation brings Isaiah closer to the truth behind his brother's demise and culminates in a series of shocking discoveries.
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Joe Ide - 2016-10-18
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A brilliant resident of LA's toughest neighborhood helps solve crimes ignored by the LAPD using his intellect. He's known as IQ, a loner who charges what clients can afford. When a rap mogul hires him for protection, Isaiah gets pulled into a dangerous case involving a vengeful ex-wife, notorious cutthroats, and a psychopathic hit man. Written by an award-winning author, this book is a thrilling crime mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Hi Five
Joe Ide - 2020-01-28
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A high stakes murder case in Newport Beach has private investigator IQ on the edge. The only witness and the primary suspect is Cristiana, the daughter of the largest arms dealer on the West Coast. But here's the twist: Cristiana has five different personalities, none of which saw the entire incident. Isaiah Quintabe is coerced into taking the case to save his girlfriend's life, and he must unravel the clues from each of Cristiana's personalities before time runs out. Get ready for a wild ride as you piece together the truth in "Hi Five."
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The Goodbye Coast
A Philip Marlowe Novel
Joe Ide - 2022-02-01
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is reinvented by award-winning novelist Joe Ide in a present-day Los Angeles filled with scheming Malibu actresses, ruthless gang members, washed-out police, and virulent inequality. Marlowe must navigate his troubled relationship with his famous, alcoholic father while investigating two missing persons cases that may be connected to murder. Ide's vivid recreation of Chandler's iconic detective is ingeniously plotted, richly detailed, and surprisingly tender.