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.
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.
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.
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.