Sam Wiebe


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“A gripping, wrenching, brilliant piece of fiction, quite possibly the definitive Vancouver crime novel. If LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS announced Sam Wiebe’s arrival, INVISIBLE DEAD places him in the ranks of the best young mystery writers working today — on either side of the border. This book is outstanding.”
Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals

Invisible Dead does all the things that only the PI novel can do, pushing the limits of morals to the breaking point in the pursuit of truth. Dave Wakeland is a great guide into the dark soul of Vancouver, never stopping and never looking away. This is the PI done right.”
-John McFetridge, author of Tumblin’ Dice and Dirty Sweet

“A timely, gripping story that rages with frustration and anger at what might have been and what might yet be; a book that does for the missing women of the Downtown Eastside what Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath did for migrant workers. Complex, brilliantly crafted, it has an underlying sadness that permeates every gritty, lyrical word.”
Peggy Blair, author of The Beggar’s Opera

“Witty, smart, detailed, and highly entertaining.
Wiebe has a gift for place and character
–Steve Berry, New York Times Best-selling Author

invisible dead coverDave Wakeland isn't the usual PI. A 29-year-old ex-cop, he makes a habit of bad ideas. Chelsea Loam falls squarely into that category. Chelsea disappeared eleven years ago, leaving a trail leading towards career criminals and powerful men. Taking her case quickly starts to look like a good way to get killed.

Whatever ghosts drive Wakeland, they drive him inexorably, addictively toward danger and the allure of an unsolvable mystery. In this fresh and fast-paced noir thriller, echoing the darkest troubles of our age, a witty and badly bruised new face takes his place in the ranks of the very finest characters in crime fiction.

The Vancouver Sun/ PostMedia - Brett Grubisic - "Sharp, Terrific, Disturbingly Grim"
Dead End Follies - Benoit Lelievre - The PI novel may have found "its new generation flagship author."
Hazlitt - Naben Ruthnum - "accomplishes what Richard Price's novels and David Simon's television shows do."
Globe and Mail - Margaret Cannon - "Haven't yet heard of Sam Wiebe? You will soon."
Toronto Star - "A story as appealing as it is mysterious."
Booklist - Don Crinklaw - "Wiebe illustrates the law of the jungle here, and he does it with great narrative skill and some very cool dialogue."
Mac's Backs - "The writing is crisp and pleasing. The plot is engrossing, with a nice array of suspects and red herrings. Vancouver is well-described, giving the book a sense of place and making the city almost a character in the book."
BC Book Look - Maansi Pandya - "Invisible Dead emphasizes the strength and resilience of the human spirit against seemingly insurmountable odds."
David Nemeth - "As Los Angeles is to Rockford, Vancouver is just as alive and important for Wakeland. With Invisible Dead, Sam Wiebe delves into our collective fictional past and creates a character with wondrous possibilities." 
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