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Silver Medalist, Independent Book Publishers Award
Top Ten, Friends of Mystery
Strand Magazine's Best of 2022
The Rap Sheet's Best of 2022

"Wakeland is to Vancouver what Scudder is to New York, and
Hell and Gone cements Wiebe's place alongside Penny, Barclay, and Atwood."

Reed Farrel Coleman, NY Times Bestselling author of Sleepless City


“The best crime fiction writer in Canada.”

Nathan Ripley, bestselling author of Your Life is Mine and Find You in the Dark


“Sam Wiebe writes larger than life, and in Hell and Gone he takes his PI Dave Wakeland into hell and back. A tense, taut page turner full of surprises in the dark, dangerous corners of Vancouver.”

Ian Hamilton, author of the internationally bestselling Ava Lee series


“Wiebe is not only the crime writer whose work best captures Vancouver right now, but the author of fiction whose work best captures the city at the moment, and the flux that Vancouver is in. The Wakeland novels are an incredible combination of social commentary. Just the best of the crime genre.”

Charles Demers, CBC’s The Debaters and the author of Property Values and Primary Obsessions

"This is Wiebe's third novel featuring the team of private eyes Dave Wakeland and Jeff Chen and it's the best of the three...He knows his city."
Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail


"Some of the best writing Wiebe has published to date...Highly recommended."
Tom Sandborn, The Vancouver Sun

"A great balance between the humanistic and hard boiled."
Scott Montgomery, Book People

"Hell and Gone is Sam Wiebe’s best writing to date and a great book. Highly recommended reading and an author you should add to your reading list."
June Lorraine Roberts, Murder in Common

"I'm crazy about Hell and Gone...A terrific writer."
CBC's The Next Chapter

"Hell and Gone is a terrific, pulse pounding read from cover to cover."
Midwest Book Review

​"This wonderful fast paced novel explores the contrast between the haves and have nots...a highly recommended read." 
The Strand

A captivating new thriller in the Wakeland detective series that explores the depths of Vancouver''s criminal underworld.

In one moment of public violence, everything changes for Dave Wakeland. When masked men and women storm an office building in Chinatown, leaving a trail of carnage, the Vancouver PI and his partner, Jeff Chen, find themselves caught up in a mystery that won''t let them go. 

The police have a vested interest in finding the shooters, and so does the leader of the Exiles motorcycle gang. Both want Wakeland''s help. The deeper he investigates, the more connections he uncovers: a reclusive millionaire with ties to organized crime, an international security company with a sinister reputation, and a high-ranking police officer who seems to have a personal connection to the case. When the shooters themselves start turning up dead, Wakeland realizes the only way to guarantee his own safety, and that of the people he loves, is by finding out who hired the shooters and why.

What Wakeland uncovers are secrets no one wants known-a botched undercover operation, an ambitious gangster and a double-crossing killer who used the shooting to cover up another crime. With a setup like this, anything can go wrong, and does. Skill and luck are needed for Wakeland and Chen to emerge with the killers, the money and their own lives.