Righteous by Joe Ide
(HC, $34.00, order here)
Joe Ide has had quite enough acolades in 2017 for his first novel IQ, having been nominated for the Anthony, the Barry, the Edgar and the McAvity for Best Debut Novel.
His second book, Righteous, is better.
Untethered from the shackles of origin story and protagonist introduction, Ide is freed in his sophomore effort to expand his scope and paint a picture of Los Angeles as complex melange of cultures and classes. Ides’ obvious, and open adoration of Conan Doyle has allowed him to present a modern, African American hyper-intelligent character that evokes Holmes honestly and effectively, and surrounds him with characters that compliment him admirably.
For those who are reluctant to start with the second book, we do have the first in trade paperback ($20.99). However, it is in Righteous that Joe Ide has made a world I cannot wait to revisit.