MYSTERY

Smoke

Mulholland: Little, Brown. (IQ, Bk. 5). Feb. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780316531061. $28. M
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The fifth installment of Ide’s “IQ” series (after Hi Five) has “genius detective” Isaiah Quintabe fleeing his home in East Long Beach, CA. Suffering from the effects of his dangerous job and hoping to escape his PTSD and the price on his head, Isaiah takes cover in a small Northern California town. Trouble finds him anyway in the forms of Ava and Billy, both attempting to solve the murder of Ava’s twin, Hannah. Juanell Dodson, “the hustler’s hustler” and Isaiah’s best friend, has been given an ultimatum—go straight and get a job or lose his family. After a painful makeover, Dodson joins the team of an advertising firm and discovers he’s not as out of place as he expected. This title also features a flood of additional characters, including a former stripper fighting for custody of her son, a struggling artist finally being seen for her talent, and two brothers who bring destruction wherever they go.
VERDICT Readers will need to pay careful attention to keep all of Ide’s players straight, but the gritty action and sardonic humor will be sure to grab all IQ fans. Libraries with the previous four installments will want this one.

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