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Hi Five (An IQ Novel, 4)
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Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles, where his favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. He held a variety of different jobs -- including Hollywood screenwriter -- before writing IQ, his debut novel, which went on to win the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus awards. Joe lives in Santa Monica, CA.

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"Quite gripping."--Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press
A New York Times Best Thriller of 2020
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2020
Buy Hi Five by the great Joe Ide, the latest in his brilliant series about Isaiah Quintabe, a modern Sherlock Holmes from Long Beach, Calif. Trust me on this: There's nobody out there right now better than Joe Ide.--Mike Lupica, New York Daily News
Engrossing . . . IQ's cases have become more complex, the stakes raised for the African American detective and a cast of regular characters who give the series an unexpected warmth. . . . 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. . . . Hi Five succeeds on so many fronts as it sets IQ and the series' characters on an uncertain path down darker roads.--Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times
Exciting yet humorous--Shelf Awareness
For all the cartoon violence and wisecracking, HI FIVE is a ruthless fable about our need for love.--Sunday Times
HI FIVE is well worth reading for Ide's command of language.... Isaiah also continues to be one of the more distinctive characters in contemporary detective fiction.--BookReporter
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 review
Ide is one of the rising stars of crime fiction, and he's back this month with the fourth installment in his celebrated IQ series. --Dwyer Murphy, CrimeReads
Ide is probably my favorite crime novelist in the game today. This time, IQ must crack a case involving a woman with multiple personalities, creating Ide's most unique and entertaining premise yet.--The Real Book Spy
In Edgar-finalist Ide's stellar fourth IQ novel...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 review
It's a mark of Ide's skill that he's able to pull off such a plot, and he does it with credibility and more than a little poignancy.--Michele Ross, The Plain Dealer
It's all part of the evolution of the character that in Hi Five sees Isaiah moving into darker places.--Peter Larsen, The Orange County Register
Joe Ide creates a jumped-up, streetwise world--the tone owes something to Elmore Leonard--with Quintabe as its moral center.--Air Mail
Mr. Ide is a remarkable writer, inhabiting the personae and rendering the back stories of a diverse assortment of characters... 'Hi Five' more than earns its triumphant title.--Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
Mystery and detection compete with a gorgeous swarm of supercharged personalities on their own wild rides.--Kirkus
Savor the freshness, vividness and ingenuity of the author's prose. . . . There are real truths hidden in the entertainment. . . . Hit men, henchmen, bagmen -- they all wander in and out of a highly diverting book that crackles with life and vividness.--Sarah Lyall, New York Times Book Review
The end result of all Ide's frenetic literary machinations, however, is a crime novel that gives readers a sense of the totality of life in all its possibility: comedy, violence, irrationality and heartbreak. It's no longer a fresh observation to say that Ide is an original as a suspense writer, but, certainly, every novel he writes - including Hi Five - feels like a new invention.--Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
These books are not for the faint of heart; there is lots of violence and profanity, and Ide does a great job of pointing out racism, sexism and economic inequality. I love this series.--Katherine Clark
While novels about hotshot detectives have thrived since the days of Sherlock Holmes, Joe Ide delivers a fresh and wholly modern update to the genre. . . . Ide's rapid-paced, colorful dialogue pops off the page as he brings to life rappers, arms dealers, loan sharks and gangsters across four novels.--TIME

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