Wrecked Lib/E Audio CD – CD, 9 October 2018
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- Publisher : Mulholland; Unabridged edition (9 October 2018)
- Language: : English
- ISBN-10 : 1549147137
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549147135
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 3.05 x 15.49 cm
- Customer Reviews:
I really enjoy this series about a PI who takes on cases in his East Long Beach neighborhood using his intelligence and deduction skills. Looks like this time around Dodson isn't just a sometimes needed sidekick but a full on partner. Oh, and he's got ideas for the business, like social media, and I'm already cracking up just imagining IQ's response.-- "BookRiot"
Joe Ide opens Wrecked...with the novelist's equivalent of a stun gun...[with] an appealing central character, propped up by a cast of crooks Elmore Leonard would envy.-- "New York Times"
Once again, Ide brilliantly combines caper-style comedy with real-world violence.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Outrageous and laugh-out-loud funny, a page-turner with devastating observations about the dangers of state-sanctioned violence and its consequences. The characters are unforgettable, none more so than IQ himself. Like in the previous books, IQ's tender intelligence and his tight moral compass are what make this series so stirring...and touching.-- "Attica Locke, Edgar Award-winning author of Bluebird, Bluebird"
The books are delighting readers with their mixture of unique setting, complex action sequences, and frequent nods to Sherlockian inspirations, all updated and re-imagined for a modern era. In Wrecked...the new job demands personal growth and carries real emotional consequences, while still bringing the madcap fun that's an important part of Ide's signature style.-- "CrimeReads"
The hip-hop generation's answer to Sherlock Holmes returns fast and furious in the third installment of Ide's celebrated series.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, his favorite books were Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. He went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing IQ, his debut novel inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock.
Sullivan Jones is a voice talent and Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator.
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Possibly more so than the previous books, parts of the plot depend upon swallowing some fairly unlikely concepts and events but, once you've managed that, the story fairly zips along. In particular, some of the actions of the supposedly
highly trained professional soldiers / 'hit men' are stupid beyond credulity and their operating procedures are lax to the point of amateur (like using just one zip-tie). The rendition into Kindle-speak is also, as before, not glitch-free but it's not bad enough to spoil the flow of the story.
There is a lot of personal stuff in this book, involving the feelings of both Isaiah and Grace and this is very well and sensitively expressed. Indeed, considering that the language used by Deronda to avoid having sex with an odious thug is so startlingly brutal, it was a relief to see the sex between Isaiah and Grace handled so sensitively.
As with the previous books, I enjoyed this immensely and look forward to following the exploits of IQ again in the next novel.
Time has passed, IQ and Dodson have had successes, one of which comes back to haunt them in the lesser of the two main plots of <b>Wrecked</b>
The other is a solidly constructed "missing person" case, more complicated than it looks. Ide confidently draws these characters, presents his usual excellent and sharp dialogue, and moves to a very satisfying conclusion for both plots. Toss in some sub-plots with previous villains and you have a delicious mix of action, planning and personalities. Wonderful!
Ide clearly loves his characters, and imbues them with personality and human drives and foibles. As usual, this was a rush for me, reading almost straight through in two sittings.
I particularly like the hesitant romance between IQ and his client... very sweet indeed. Even Dodson grows more real, and even a bit fatherly here. His partner, Cherise, is solid and smart and loving. She sees in Dodson traits that we don't always behold. Very sweet.
Be warned, there are some torture scenes, which you can skim. They are only a 5/10 on the scale of brutality for me.
A thoroughly wonderful, fun and exciting next book for IQ and associations.
This book didn't quite hit the heady heights of the first two for me sadly. I guess this is probably due to the fact that it is more action and less cerebral which was something I really enjoyed about IQ in his first two outings. As with previous books there is a LOT going on - he's not a one case dude - which kinda better reflects real life in some ways. He also teams up with Dodson who has quit the food trucks and decides that a partnership with IQ is the latest in his endeavours to find a meaningful life and work to support his family. But his ideals regarding payment don't quite fit in with the way that IQ does things - the barter system rather than cold hard cash so it doesn't quite start off as the partnership made in heaven... IQ is then approached by Grace, a young artist, who wants him to find her mum for her. The two connect on many levels but Grace appears to be holding information back from IQ. His own research uncovers some very nefarious things linked with some very bad people but it's IQ's connection to Grace herself that puts him in mortal danger...
If you've read the previous two books - and I do recommend that you do before starting this one - you'll recognise a lot of familiar faces popping up in this book. IQ has fingers in many pies, not all of them sweet, and his past does have a habit of coming back to bite his present. IQ continues to be rather introvert in nature but his infatuation with Grace forces him to consider his emotional side with some rather interesting outcomes. This episode is more brutal and violent in nature than I was expecting but it fitted with what was going on in the narrative very well and complemented it superbly. There's also a lot of humour interspersed throughout, some quite black in nature, which gave some well needed relief from the action going on throughout the book.
IQ being quite Sherlock in nature does make some wild leaps at times but none that are too far fetched in context and all well backed up in what is going on around and about. As I have already mentioned the emphasis isn't on the cerebral as much as previous books and that's a pity, but it doesn't mean that this book isn't a good read. Just a little different in direction from what has gone before.
It’s imperative that the series is read in order, otherwise this will make little sense. Also, the number of characters and gangs is confusing ( and I’ve read the whole series).
The whole storyline is a bit ‘Keystone Cops’- alcoholic security officer, wimpy dog, henpecked partner, corrupt ex police officer etc. What I missed was the quirkinesses of IQ and his ability to deduce evidence and work out solutions. He does so but not to the extent of previous outings.
Let’s get back to quirky Isaiah, with his clever private detective deductions.
Shame - because when the series started, I thought we had found an exciting new writer.