Killer Nashville 2019 Silver Falchion Nominee

By Joe Ide
ISBN 978-0316509510
Publication Date: October 2018


Review by Brad Harper

Joe Ide’s modern take on Sherlock Holmes in the East LA character of Isiah Quintabe (IQ), and his on-again off-again partner, Dodson, is a roller coaster of a ride from start to finish. This time IQ’s client gets him in a no-holds-barred fight with an international “Security” agency with questionable clients, and even more questionable methods.

Ide has the ability to put you on the edge of your seat, and keep you there. I twice had to put the book down and take a break because I was so worried for the heroes. I read the first IQ novel, and was deeply impressed, so was curious to see how they wore with time. His characters do not fade with familiarity, but deepen in personality and insight. I believe this series will have legs for years to come.

No spoilers here, but although the world this modern “Consulting Detective” and his clients inhabit is far from the 221 B Baker Street of Victorian London, the stories are imbued with an intelligence and sense of justice Sir Arthur would recognize right away.

This is the best book I’ve read this year, and my hat is off to Joe Ide for his fresh take on the fabled detective and his search for justice in an unjust world.