Mulholland: Little, Brown. Oct. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780316267724. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316267717. F
Isaiah Quintabe, known as IQ, is a preternaturally smart misanthrope who has made a name for himself solving mysteries. Raised in East Long Beach, one of L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods, he's no stranger to tragedy and has a violent history that he is desperately trying to make right. When Dodson, a figure from his past he'd rather forget, shows up at his apartment offering a new case, Isaiah is dubious. It's a high-paying assignment involving a notorious rap star who just barely escaped an assassination attempt by a monstrous dog. Desperate for money and intrigued by the method of the attack, Isaiah agrees to track down the would-be killer with Dodson acting as partner. Deftly weaving back and forth between past and present, the novel slowly reveals the complex relationship between the two men as well as the inner machinations of a hired madman and his killer dog.
VERDICT With a definite nod to Sherlock Holmes and the wonders of inductive reasoning, Ide's freshman novel introduces an intriguing new detective with staying power who will be a certain hit with fans of urban-set crime fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 4/25/16.]

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