Righteous by Joe Ide
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Isaiah was seventeen years old when his older brother, Marcus, was killed in a hit-and-run..
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Isaiah Quintabe, who everyone calls IQ because of his superior intellect, is back. Ten years have passed since IQ’s brother, Marcus, was killed. Isaiah gets by taking on “cases the police can’t or won’t touch.” They don’t pay much, but Isaiah doesn’t need much.
Out of the blue IQ gets a call from Sarita Van. Sarita was Marcus’ girlfriend back in the day. IQ and Sarita haven’t spoken in years. Now she needs IQ’s help. Sarita’s sister, Janine and her boyfriend Benny, are degenerate gamblers. Not only are loan sharks closing in, but they’ve done something to get a Chinese crime cartel after them as well. IQ agrees to go to Vegas to rescue Sarita’s sister and try to work out something with the Chinese cartel.
In IQ’s mind, he’ll save Sarita’s sister, come back the hero and maybe have a life with Sarita. If only.
Lucky for IQ, his occasional partner (and former gang banger), Dodson agrees to accompany him. Things are much worse than IQ could imagine. Soon he finds himself at odds with a loan shark and his seven foot enforcer, the Chinese cartel and Seb, a crime lord who uses a cane made from a human femur and whose intellect rivals IQ’s. Janine and Benny are on the run and it is up to IQ to find and save them. He’ll be lucky if he can save himself. Oh, and now he has information that his brother was targeted to be killed. It wasn’t a simple hit-and-run!
Joe Ide has another winner. Righteous rates 5 of 5 stars.