Book Review: Righteous

Joe Ide’s Righteous (2018) is the second book of his IQ series. In this book, Isaiah Quintabe gets a call from his murdered brother’s girlfriend asking him for help. Sarita, his brother’s girlfriend when he died, asks him to help her half-sister. Janine, Sarita’s half-sister, likes to gamble and she can’t pay her debts. This attracts the attention of a shady debt collector who threatens her and her boyfriend. She doesn’t have the money and her boyfriend makes matters worse by blackmailing the triads. Isaiah needs to save her before her debts kill her.

Different Type Of Adventure

I loved the first book in this series. When I picked up this book, I was expecting more of the same. Isaiah is a great detective and I was looking to be marvelled by his astounding deductions as he looks for Janine. I felt the book was light in deductions and heavy on action. It wasn’t a deal-breaker for me, but I just wanted to warn you that the Sherlock Holmes-esque least of logic are not as prevalent in this book.


What I liked the most about this book are the characters. Ide does a fantastic job at the dialogue and behavioral characteristics of each of the characters in the book. There are no flat or unlikeable characters. All of them flowed throughout the story and felt organic to the setting and situations they were in.

Lean And Mean

Ide does not waste any ink on unnecessary description. The book is light and fast-paced. The only thing that slows down the rhythm of the story are the flashback sequences in the story. I thought the different backstories would make me want to put the book down, but they didn’t. Ide found the perfect length for the backstories and he also found the perfect place within the story for the flashbacks.

Final Thoughts

Do yourself a favor and read this book. I liked the first book best, but this doesn’t mean this book is bad. Please, I can’t stress this enough, read this book. I think Ide is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers.

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