FICTION

Wrecked

Mulholland: Little, Brown. Oct. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780316509510. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316419246. F
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Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Award winner Ide's third book in the series starring detective Isaiah Quintabe "IQ" and his sometimes associate Dodson (after IQ and Righteous) has the duo forming IQ Investigations, although Dodson's methods make his intensely private partner uncomfortable. When IQ accepts a case tracking down the mother of a young artist whom he likes, it becomes apparent that she isn't telling him everything. The investigation turns out to be much more dangerous than expected; concurrently, a long-ago heist Dodson and IQ pulled off has reemerged and threatens to destroy all they've built. Dodson steals the show in this tale with a backstory that has grown more nuanced throughout each book. Past enemies such as African gangster Seb also make a repeat performance.
VERDICT This work is grittier and coarser than previous titles in the series. Gone is the amusing banter between Dodson and IQ; instead, readers are subjected to numerous and explicit torture scenes, ranging from Abu Ghraib to current-day California. Purchase only where the series has a strong following. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]

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