Joe Ide

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Joe Ide
Born1957 or 1958
OccupationCrime writer
GenreCrime fiction, noir fiction

Joe Ide (/ˈd/ EE-day, born c. 1958[1]) is an American crime fiction writer of Japanese American descent. Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles, which he used as the setting for a series of crime novels that feature his recurring young Sherlockian protagonist, Isaiah Quintabe.

Ide's 2016 debut novel IQ received high critical acclaim and was included on numerous Top 10 book lists for both 2016 and 2017.[2] It went on to be nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American writer,[3] and received many other nominations and awards. IQ’s sequel Righteous was also widely praised.

Ide is a cousin of Francis Fukuyama.[4]


  • IQ (2016)
  • Righteous (2017)
  • Wrecked (2018)
  • Hi Five (2019)
  • Smoke (2021)

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ Beckerman, Gal. "Raised in South Central, Joe Ide Expands the Territory of L.A. Noir". The New York Times, 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  2. ^ Critics’ and authors’ praise for Joe Ide and the IQ series
  3. ^ Flax, Margery. "MWA Announces the 2017 Edgar Nominations". Mystery Writers of America, press release, 2017-01-19. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  4. ^ Winters, Ben A. "The Smartest Guy in the Room". Los Angeles Review of Books, 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2018-10-17.

External links[edit]

  • Quotations related to Joe Ide at Wikiquote