Cut You Down is prize-winning novelist Sam Wiebe's second riveting Wakeland mystery.
Vancouver PI Dave Wakeland returns, hot on the trail of a missing college student who may or may not have stolen half a million dollars. What starts as a straightforward runaway case soon gives way to a tangled mess of dirty money, betrayal, and murder, pitting the resourceful but over-his-head detective against suburban gangsters, a corrupt cop, and a contract killer with a fondness for blades--one of which seems destined for Wakeland's throat...
Sam Wiebe's morally challenged young detective takes up a cross-border chase that twists and surprises like only Vancouver's next master of crime could write. Never one to back down from the big issues plaguing his city of shining towers and forgotten corners, Wiebe returns with a vicious caper that threatens to leave no one--not his rogue detective, nor Wakeland's family and friends (or even a few of his enemies)--standing.
SAM WIEBE's stand-alone debut novel, Last of the Independents, won an Arthur Ellis Award and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and was nominated for a Shamus Award. His second novel is the critically acclaimed Invisible Dead, the debut of his Dave Wakeland series of mysteries. His stories have appeared in Thuglit, subTerrain and Criminal Element's The Malfeasance Occasional e-collection, among others.
“Wiebe convincingly brings Raymond Chandler into the twenty-first century.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“No one is writing contemporary Vancouver better than Sam Wiebe. Taking in the full life of a North American city while also building out a clever plot that upends femme fatale tropes, creating an incredibly smart and frightening villain in their place, is what Wiebe achieves in Cut You Down.” —Nathan Ripley, author of Find You in the Dark, CrimeReads
“Sam Wiebe is going to become a modern master of noir.” —The Strand
“Wiebe sharpens his prose to a point and uses his twisting, high-paced plot to take on big themes about money and the warping pressure it exerts on everyone it touches.” —The Georgia Straight
“Sam Wiebe pulls no punches in his latest thriller, Cut You Down. Gripping, complex, and with an unusual play on the classic femme fatale trope, this is crime fiction at its best.” —Sheena Kamal, author of The Lost Ones
“Cut You Down begins with a simple missing persons assignment for private detective Dave Wakeland. But fans of Sam Wiebe know that nothing is ever straightforward in Wakeland's life, personal or professional. Wakeland’s efforts to help an ex-lover force him to survey the hinterlands of his own heart even as the plot twists and accelerates through gangsters, corrupt police, money laundering, bleak neighbourhoods and of course, murder. A highly intelligent and satisfying page-turner.” —Janie Chang, author of national bestseller Dragon Springs Road
“Sam Wiebe does it again with Cut You Down—smart and razor-sharp, with a plot that keeps unraveling all the way to its exciting, unputdownable conclusion.” —David Swinson, author of The Second Girl and Crime Song
“Tense, turbulent, and terrific. PI Dave Wakeland is the best kind of anti-hero, riding the edge between right and wrong, creating an unbreakable bond with the reader. Wiebe’s evocative prose, unexpected reveals, and riveting characters—including a contract killer who’s ace with a blade—will grab you from the first page.” —K.J. Howe, author of The Freedom Broker
“Grippingly twisty entertainment, the story also offers provocative thoughts about the state of the west coast’s soul. . . . The book is marked by a curious but attractive mixture of qualities. Foremost is the surprising elegance. Wiebe’s spare meticulous sentences are little marvels of concision. His chapters are likewise brief and to the point. He unreels details and plot artfully, producing a literal page-turning momentum. . . . Wiebe’s plot is propulsive. . . . A well-told and apparently effortless tale.” —Vancouver Sun