Adult Recommendations

IQ by Joe Ide

Isaiah “IQ” Quintabe is a high school dropout in East Long Beach, one of LA’s roughest neighborhoods; he’s also a brilliant investigator driven to apply his talents to cases the police won’t touch. His grateful clients are more likely to pay him in casseroles than cash, so when a childhood frenemy contacts IQ about a paranoid rapper offering $50,000 to find out who wants him dead, IQ reluctantly takes the case. His investigation leads him to a devious diva, a megalomaniac manager, a pair of braindead bodyguards, and a hired killer whose dog could send Cujo running.

Filled with colorful characters and a switchback plot, IQ is a page-turning mystery that will leave you eagerly awaiting the sequel (to be released in fall 2017).

Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar

Some common phobias humans possess include claustrophobia, fear of being buried alive, fear of no escape/exit, fear of darkness, and fear of death. Imagine being a miner trapped hundreds of feet below the surface faced with uncertain conditions—not knowing if you'll be rescued. In this gripping, true story about 33 Chilean miners trapped in a collapsed mine for 69 days, they experienced all these fears. The relationships among the trapped miners and the interactions of the families and authorities above the surface are an interesting social experiment and experience. The author does an outstanding job of describing the event, the impact on the miners, and the story behind the miraculous rescue. 

Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch

Jason Dessen made a life-altering decision when he chose to forego his research in a cold, sterile lab to marry Daniela, the woman of his dreams, and have a son with her. He gladly pursued a career as an ordinary college physics professor, reveling in the time spent with his family. Before he’s knocked unconscious by a masked abductor one night while walking home, he’s asked, “Are you happy with your life?” Jason gains consciousness in a room where he’s strapped to a gurney and surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. They know him but he doesn’t know them. And, his life is not the one he knows—he’s a renowned genius who has achieved something remarkable but he has no wife and son. Which of these lives is real and how can Jason return to the family he loves? This immensely entertaining book is “for anyone who has wondered what their life might look like at the end of the road not taken.”