Sam Wiebe



Newsletter Launch

I'm starting a monthly-ish newsletter for book and film/TV news, upcoming events and seminars, interviews with other writers, and the odd bit of writing advice. I set a modest signup goal, which has already been exceeded--so thanks to everyone who has signed up! If you'd like to, you can sign up here:

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The Hammett Prize

Cut You Down has been nominated for the 2019 Hammett Prize by the North American branch of the International Association of Crime Writers. What an honour!


Happy 2019!

Tomorrow is the U.S. paperback release for Cut You Down. This book probably shouldn’t exist in that format. That it does is a minor miracle.


When it came out in US hardcover, Cut You Down got rave reviews, though it didn’t break any sales records. It didn’t help that its publisher is going through some changes. But the book came out the way I wanted it to, and as fates go, that’s not th…

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Praise for Vancouver Noir

The reviews for the new anthology have been stellar, so far. Here are a few excerpts:

Praise for Vancouver Noir:

"The stories range widely in their subject matter and writing styles, but they have a couple of things in common: impeccably rendered characters, dialogue that rings true, and a plot that pulls the reader in from the very first paragraph. Another winner in this always-interesting …

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Vancouver Noir

Vancouver Noir comes out in less than a week! You can pre-order here: 

For those of you in the Vancouver area, the book launch will be November 8th, 7pm, at the Shebeen Whiskey Room, behind the Irish Heather on Carrall Street. Hope to see you there!

Mystery Writing Masterclass Oct 6th

Have an idea for a mystery novel? Mired in the middle of a tough first draft? Wondering what revisions will make your work publication-ready? Then this is the class for you!

Join acclaimed author Sam Wiebe for a seminar focused on mystery and crime writing. You’ll learn how to develop ideas, create characters, write an opening that hooks readers, plant clues and plot your story, and revise your…

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Cut You Down Reviews and Vancouver Noir news

Great new review of Cut You Down by Tara Henley in the Toronto Star:

"Sam Wiebe’s excellent new novel, Cut You Down...proves a study in both riveting crime writing and stark social realism."

You can check out the full review here.

Vancouver Noir can be pre-ordered here (Indiebound link--it's easily searchable on Amazon, too).  There will be a launch event in Vancouver in the fall, whi…

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Cut You Down

Have you checked out Cut You Down? Here are what the reviews say:

The Georgia Straight: "Wiebe sharpens his prose to a point."

Midwest Book Review: "Another deftly crafted gem by a master of the genre, Sam Wiebe’s Cut You Down is a riveting read from cover to cover."

Dead End Follies: "Sam Wiebe is a master of tone and atmosphere."

Cemetery Dance: "Recommended for noir fans."

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Mystery Writing Masterclass: Crime in the Suburbs; Crime Fiction and Fact

Registration for the Mystery Writing Masterclass is filling up nicely!
If you've always wanted to write crime and mystery fiction, this is the class for you!
June 9th at SFU Harbour Centre, EJ Safarik Sr Conference Room, 10-2:30.

see for details, or buy tickets at:


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Mystery Writing Masterclass Seminar

June 9th I'm running a "Mystery Writing Masterclass" at SFU Harbour Centre (Downtown Vancouver) from 10-230. Registration is open now. Details below.

Mystery Writing Masterclass with Sam Wiebe


Have an idea for a mystery novel? Mired in the middle of a tough first draft? Wondering what revisions will make your work publication-ready? Then this is the class for you!

Join acclaimed …

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Seattle Event, Reviews, What am I Reading

March was a very difficult month. I had to cancel and reschedule several events, and it's taken me this long to get back into things. But I have some good news to share 

My event at Third Place Books in Seattle has been rescheduled for Thursday May 17th, 7pm, at the Forest Park location. I'll be in conversation with Brian Thornton, author, editor, former President of Mystery Writers America's …

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Hollywood North

"Hollywood North" is out, published by Quercus USA, March 2018.  
This is a FREE e-book that features Dave Wakeland investigating the disappearance of a poet-turned sitcom writer. "Hollywood North" includes an excerpt from CUT YOU DOWN.

Check it out here.




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The CUT YOU DOWN Reviews are In, plus new article

My article "Expect No Mercy: Crime Fiction and Gentrification" is live over at Crime Reads. I've gotten great feedback on it so far, and I feel like it lays out some of the things I'm going for in Cut You Down.

Speaking of which: several rave reviews have come in for Cut You Down. Due to circumstances I haven't posted them before today, but they've been a small bright spot in a gloomy couple of w…

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My dad passed away last Tuesday. Since then my mom and brothers and I have been dealing with our grief and the arrangements.
It was unexpected, but peaceful. He was a warm and genuine person, and I have a lot of great memories. That's some comfort.
Because of this, I've cancelled several book events, including tonight's talk with Brian Thornton at Third Place Bo…

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Vancouver Noir announcement

Thrilled to announce that Vancouver Noir, the anthology I edited for Akashic Books, has a release date of November 2018! 

Vancouver Noir features new stories from Timothy Taylor, Sheena Kamal, Nathan Ripley, Yasuko Thanh, Carleigh Baker, Dietrich Kalteis, Linda Richards, Robin Spano, Nick Mamatas, RM Greenaway, Don English, SG Wong, Kristi Charish...and yours truly. The astonishing cover art …

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