IQ, Joe Ide (Mulholland)
There’s serious buzz around this debut novel from Los Angeles author Ide. The hero of the book is IQ, a reclusive African American private investigator living in crime-riddled East Long Beach. When a troubled hip-hop impresario learns someone has designs on his life, he hires IQ to track the would-be killer down. The detective gets to work, meeting a truly odd cast of characters along the way.