Author Profile: Joe Ide

Author Profile: Joe Ide is an American crime fiction writer of Japanese American descent.

Name: Joe Ide


2016 – IQ

2017 – Righteous

2018 – Wrecked

2019 – Hi Five

Background: Joe Ide was born in 1958. He is 62 years old. Joe Ide’s occupation is writing about crimes. He is a cousin of Francis Fukuyama. Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He has used this location as a setting for writing a series of crime novels featuring the recurring Isaiah Quintabe a young protagonist in the mould of Sherlock Homes.

Genre: Joe Ide’s genre is mainly noir fiction and crime fiction.

Literary Contributions: IQ, his debut novel in 2016 has attained high critical acclaim. In 2016 and 2017, IQ was included on numerous Top 10 books lists. Joe Ide has been winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel 2017 for IQ, winner of the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery 2017 for IQ, winner of the Shamus Award for Best First P.I Novel 2017 for IQ and has been finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel 2017 for IQ. He has been nominated for the Barry Award for Best First Novel 2017 for IQ, nominated for The Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel 2017 for IQ and short-listed for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger 2017/2018 for IQ.

Besides this he has been winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2016 for IQ (audiobook) narrated by Sullivan Jones, winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2017 for Righteous (audiobook) narrated by Sullivan Jones, winner of AudioFile Earphones Award for Wrecked (audiobook), narrated by Sullivan Jones and winner of AudioFile Earphones Award 2020 for Hi-Five (audiobook), narrated by Zeno Robinson. IQ has received many other awards and nominations. Righteous, the sequel of IQ has also been widely praised.

Unique Stylistic Features: IQ, his novel is set in Long Beach, California. The novel is the beginning of a projected series featuring a modern day African American incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, named Isaiah Quintabe. When his brother was killed in high school, his story derails and he turns towards crime, before he realizes his true calling while trying to find out who is making attempts to murder a popular rapper. Righteous his second outing was published as well. Both the novels of Joe Ide have been crackling with energy and being observed sharply.

IQ novel is back as Hi_Five, working a case that involves juggling more personalities than Joe Ide had expected.


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