- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Random House Canada (Feb. 13 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345816293
- ISBN-13: 978-0345816290
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cut You Down: A Wakeland Novel Paperback – Feb 13 2018
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“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
About the Author
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.
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Anyway a good read although I think I liked Michael Drayton more in "Last of The Independents" and I hope Sam Wiebe has more books to follow in both series.
A missing girl and maybe some missing money in addition to a favour for a friend that puts Wakeland on the trail of a vicious cop who moonlights as an enforcer for some connected crime figures in the Vancouver underworld. That the friend is the dodgy cop's on the job partner and Dave's ex-lover complicates matters further.
I quite liked the duality of the cases and the crossover with Wakeland's time and attention between sorting both. Inevitably the tension between Dave and his former partner, Sonia dissolves during the course of the book and an element of romance gets rekindled.
Wakeland is an interesting guy. An ex-cop himself, dogged and hard-nosed, stubborn, persistent, loyal and capable in a fight, though often times he seems to come off second best and on occasions seemingly operates as a pinyata. The term sh**-magnet might also be appropriate. Give him his due, he takes his licks and keeps at it.
While the book does well as a standalone, there are some reappearing characters who crossed swords with Wakeland last time around. For me their presence reinforced and strengthened the landscape Wiebe had created. I did enjoy the outcome of their rematch.
Overall, I really liked this one. Vancouver and its dark side is a memorable setting in Wiebe's hands and somewhere I hope he keeps writing about. The plot is more complicated than is immediately apparent and had me guessing most of the way through. There was maybe one little wriggle too many towards the end, which instead of wrong-footing me, seemed a little bit telegraphed and therefore had my antennae raised.
That little niggle aside - impressive, superb, top notch, top banana, admirable, etc etc....
4.5 from 5
Wiebe's two previous books have been enjoyed - The Last of the Independents and Invisible Dead.
A long-short story with Dave Wakeland - Hollywood North awaits.
Read in March, 2018
Published - 2018
Page count - 356
Source - review copy from publisher Quercus and Edelweiss early reviewer site
Format - Kindle
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