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Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel, IQ, inspired by his early experiences and love of Sherlock. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California.

Genres: Mystery
   1. IQ (2016)
   2. Righteous (2017)
   3. Wrecked (2018)
   4. Hi Five (2020)
   5. Smoke (2021)
   6. Fixit (2023)
Series contributed to
Anthony Awards Best First Novel winner (2017) : IQ
Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2017) : IQ
Edgar Awards Best First Novel nominee (2017) : IQ
Macavity Awards Best First Book nominee (2017) : IQ
Shamus Awards Best First Novel winner (2017) : IQ

Joe Ide recommends
Bluebird, Bluebird (2017)
(Highway 59, book 1)
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"Attica Locke knows Texas, a place that has shaped both her characters and her life. Locke's new book, Bluebird, Bluebird, is evidence of her deep knowledge and love of her community and a deep talent for writing hype thrillers that also manage to be timely, relevant and keenly insightful."
Cherry (2018)
Nico Walker
"Harrowing, heartbreaking, and sadly funny. Cherry is a terrific book, a cool book, and Walker’s voice is keen and vigilant and uniquely his own."
Miraculum (2019)
Steph Post
"Ruby the Snake Charmer is much like the author; keen-eyed, smart and tattooed. Miraculum is a vividly detailed traveling circus, its midway pulsing with a bizarre and alluring cast of clowns, hustlers, gamblers, freaks and cootch dancers. The Man in the Black Suit is as smooth and charming as Fred Astaire but far more dangerous than any viper, his venom threatening Ruby’s entire world. Steph Post’s writing is the Big Top. Buy a ticket. Seats are going fast."
With Prejudice (2022)
Robin Peguero
"With Prejudice is one of the best legal thrillers I've ever read. The story is tense, exciting, and full of twists and turns, with fascinating insights into the intricate workings of the courtroom. But what the author describes is about more than evidence, testimony and legal strategy. It's a gauntlet where the law is punched, kicked and shaped by people with vastly different agendas. With Prejudice is a deeply human story that reveals all the ways that justice isn't blind. It sees through many eyes."

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