Smoke (IQ, Book 5)

February 23, 2021
Smoke (IQ, Book 5)

Isaiah Quintabe—an unlicensed detective for allseasons—and his best friend and masterful sidekick, Juanell Dodson,are at a crossroads in this latest installment of the aggressivelyentertaining IQ series. This time, their lives maynever be the same.Isaiah Quintabe is no longer IQ, the genius of East Long Beach;instead, he's a man on the road and on the run, hiding in a smallNorthern California town when his room is broken into by adesperate young man on the trail of the state's most prolificserial killer.His old partner, Juanell Dodson, must go straight or lose hiswife and child. His devil's bargain? An internship at an LAadvertising agency, where it turns out the rules of the street havesimply been dressed in business casual, but where the agingcompany's fortunes may well rest on their ability to attract ayounger demographic. Dodson—"the hustler's hustler"—just may be theright man for the job.Ide is the crime writer's crime writer, and he's filledhis best novel yet with desperate souls, courageous outcasts, anex-stripper who'll do anything to protect her son, and wildhalf-brothers who may be the very incarnation of evil.With deft plotting, lacerating humor, and a keen eye for theways in which characters rise or fall based on their ties to oneanother, Smoke is Joe Ide's crowningachievement.