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Sam Wiebe is the author of the Wakeland novels, one of the most authentic and acclaimed contemporary detective series. His work has won the Crime Writers of Canada award and the Kobo Emerging Writers prize, and been shortlisted for the Edgar, Hammett, Shamus, Independent Publisher, and City of Vancouver book prizes. His latest novel, Ocean Drive, is a standalone crime thriller described as “a Pacific Northwest Fargo.”


Wiebe also writes (allegedly) as Nolan Chase, whose first mystery novel, A Lonesome Place for Dying, comes out May 2024.



“The best crime fiction writer in Canada.”
Nathan Ripley, author of Find You in the Dark

“The best of the crime genre.”
Charles Demers, author of Property Values

“One of the most respected names in crime fiction today and with good reason.”
Robyn Harding, author of The Drowning Woman

“Wiebe has an incredible ability to pull you through the page.”
Brent Butt, author of Huge

"A modern master of noir."
The Strand

"A terrific writer."
Margaret Cannon, CBC's The Next Chapter

"A master of tone and atmosphere."
Dead End Follies

“A master of the genre.”
Wisconsin Bookwatch

"No one is writing contemporary Vancouver better than Sam Wiebe."

“Wiebe has a gift for place and character.”
Steve Berry

“Vancouver’s terse poet of a city in decline outdoes his own high standards.”
The Toronto Star on Sunset and Jericho

“A terrific, pulse pounding read from cover to cover.”
Midwest Book Review on Hell and Gone

"Convincingly brings Raymond Chandler into the 21st century."
Publishers Weekly (starred) on Cut You Down

“A harrowing, superbly puzzling, and richly cinematic tale.”
The Vancouver Sun on Invisible Dead

“Quite possibly the definitive Vancouver crime novel.”
Owen Laukkanen on Invisible Dead

“A literary achievement.”
Booklist (starred) on Last of the Independents

"Delivers a knockout punch."
Sarah Weinman on Last of the Independents