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Last of the Independents: Vancouver Noir Paperback – Aug 30 2014

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (Aug. 30 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459709489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459709485
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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. . . a literary achievement. (starred review) (Booklist)

Smart, sharp writing that kicks into gear on the first page. Wiebe is a 21st century Raymond Chandler, and his Vancouver is like Chandler’s LA — its darkest corners are supporting characters. PI Mike Drayton is cynical, funny, and warm-hearted, with a strict moral code and a terrifying temper. What a debut! (E.R. Brown)

The unanimous winner of an Arthur Ellis Award in 2012, Wiebe’s debut novel is something quite special. It promises more from a young writer who looks sure to turn Vancouver into one of the great cities of noir. (The Peak, Simon Fraser University)

Drayton’s sardonic voice in counterpoint to his assistants and supporting players, along with an ending that delivers a knockout punch, make Last of the Independents a debut well worth spending time with. (National Post 2014-09-20)

Opening paragraphs don’t get much more bang-on enticing than the one with which Vancouver writer Sam Wiebe kicks off Last of the Independents. It would be nice to quote the paragraph to prove the point, but in a general-interest newspaper, that can’t be done — which is a clue to the opener’s perfect rambunctiousness. (The Tribune 2014-09-06)

About the Author

Sam Wiebe's Last of the Independents won the 2012 Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Novel. His crime fiction has been published internationally. Recent projects include audio adaptations of Hamlet and Frankenstein, an independent film script, and a follow-up novel. He lives in Vancouver.

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