FICTION

Righteous: An IQ Novel

Mulholland: Little, Brown. Oct. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780316267779. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316267762. F
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OrangeReviewStarIsaiah Quintabe,"IQ," the Sherlock Holmes of East Long Beach, CA, uses his inductive reasoning skills to investigate crime and has taken payment in the form of live chickens and baked goods. His Achilles heel is an obsessive need to know who drove the car that killed his brother Marcus a decade ago. When Marcus's old girlfriend Sarita asks IQ to help extricate her sister from a crushing gambling debt in Vegas, he can't refuse. He has always been in love with Sarita and envisions this case ushering in their new life together. IQ once again enlists the help of Dodson (Watson to his Sherlock) who has a pregnant girlfriend and a day job in an attempt to go legitimate. Dodson's witty banter and dynamic personal life provide a piercing contrast to IQ's solitary and sterile existence, and the scenes between the two are notable in this brilliantly executed novel. Deftly weaving the search for Marcus's killer with various escapades in Vegas, Ide employs a clever mixing of time lines that will keep readers guessing until the explosive, bloody denouement.
VERDICT A winning combination of skillful writing and flawless pacing, this second series outing is packed with adrenaline-inducing scenes along with a colorful cast of violent and treacherous villains. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/17; "Editors' Fall Picks," p. 32.]

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