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Book Nook: IQ, by Joe Ide


On occasion I like to ask authors for tips on books that they have enjoyed recently. The other day I asked Lee Child for some reading suggestions. He said he always can count on John Sandford and Michael Connelly to provide him with entertaining reads. Then he suggested that I should read "The Drifter," a debut novel by Nicholas Petrie. I just finished reading it and I enjoyed it. Petrie's protagonist is a bit like Lee Child's Jack Reacher.

I have interviewed John Sandford twice during 2016. In our first conversation he talked about his admiration for Lee Child's series featuring Jack Reacher. The other day I asked him for reading suggestions and he told me that he really loved a new novel called "IQ" by Joe Ide.

So I picked up "IQ" and I have to agree, the book is fabulous. "IQ" is Joe Ide's debut novel and I'm hoping he'll focus on writing a series. "IQ" is the name of his sleuth, a young man who is a ghetto Sherlock Holmes. The author grew up in south central Los Angeles and he has the jargon down. IQ is a determined young man who has had some rough breaks. He's been involved in criminal activity. And he has a fabulous sidekick. I won't spoil it for you by saying any more about this engaging story. Listen to the interview then check out this crime novel. Remember his name; Joe Ide. I'm hoping to hear a lot more from him.

The Book Nook on WYSO is made possible by six local library systems in southwest Ohio:  the Greene County Public LibraryWashington-Centerville Public Library, MidPointe Library SystemClark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.