THE TIMES BEST CRIME NOVELS OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK TIMES
BEST THRILLERS OF 2020: ‘Playful, fresh, full of life’

WALL STREET JOURNAL
BEST MYSTERIES OF 2020: ‘Among the most inventive and smartly written books in the genre’

‘Extraordinary verve’ The Times
‘Crackles with life’ New York Times
‘The Holmes of the 21st century’ Daily Mail
‘One of the hottest mystery novelists at work’ Washington Post
‘Writing so sharp you may cut your fingers on the pages’ Attica Locke
‘The best new discovery I’ve come across in a long time’ Michael Connelly

One witness. Five versions of the truth.
Cristiana is the daughter of the biggest arms dealers on the West Coast. She’s also the sole witness and number one suspect in the murder of her boyfriend.

Isaiah Quintabe is coerced into taking the case to prove her innocence but there’s a catch: Christiana has multiple personalities – five of them, to be precise – and no one personality saw the entire incident.

Reviews

Stellar... Readers will root for Ide's distinctive lead every step of the way. This innovative series continues to show promise for a long, high-quality run.
Publishers Weekly (starred)
PRAISE FOR JOE IDE AND THE IQ SERIES 'Joe Ide is the best new discovery I've come across in a long time. And Isaiah Quintabe is the kind of sleuth not seen on the mystery landscape before' Michael Connelly 'Succeeds in being both highly original and continuing the spirit of Conan Doyle' Guardian on IQ 'Full of humour, originality and high-quality writing' The Times (Crime Book of the Month) on IQ 'One of the most remarkable debuts I've read' Daily Mail on IQ 'A madly lovable new detective series' New York Times on IQ 'Witty and confident, with a bustling plot, this is a worthy follow-up to Ide's excellent debut' Guardian on Righteous 'He is the first new crime writer I have read in ages who truly feels like an heir to Elmore Leonard' Daily Telegraph on Righteous 'Joe Ide is the best thing to happen to mystery writing in a very long time' Janet Maslin, New York Times on Righteous 'Joe Ide is one of the hottest mystery novelists at work' Washington Post on Wrecked 'An electrifying combination of Holmesian mystery and SoCal grit' Time on Wrecked 'Blazing... Ide is still the hottest of recently-emerged crime writers' Janet Maslin, New York Times on Wrecked
Usually, Ide walks the thin line between light and dark, playing off moments of caper-novel hilarity against outbursts of violence and the angst of misfired relationships, but this time angst wins by TKO. No matter. Ide goes dark with the skill of a noir master, leaving Isaiah in a very bad place and the reader gasping for breath. A stunning change of pace from one of crime fiction's new stars.
Booklist (starred)
Engrossing... The author is skilled at developing the humanity of every character, regardless of their perspective. It's a hallmark of Ide's evolving style that allows Hi Five to stand on its own for first-time readers, even as the series deepens longtime fans' engagement... High Five succeeds on so many fronts as it sets IQ and the series' characters on an uncertain path down darker roads.
Los Angeles Times
Savor the freshness, vividness and ingenuity of the author's prose... Hit men, henchmen, bagmen - they all wander in and out of a highly diverting book that crackles with life and vividness.
New York Times