Wakeland Novels, The

Cut You Down

A Wakeland Novel

Publisher: Random House Canada
Cut You Down is prize-winning novelist Sam Wiebe's second riveting Wakeland mystery.

Vancouver PI Dave Wakeland returns, hot on the trail of a missing college student who may or may not have stolen half a million dollars. What starts as a straightforward runaway case soon gives way to a tangled mess of dirty money, betrayal, and murder, pitting the resourceful but over-his-head detective against suburban gangsters, a corrupt cop, and a contract killer with a fondness for blades--one of which seems destined for Wakeland's throat...

Sam Wiebe's morally challenged young detective takes up a cross-border chase that twists and surprises like only Vancouver's next master of crime could write. Never one to back down from the big issues plaguing his city of shining towers and forgotten corners, Wiebe returns with a vicious caper that threatens to leave no one--not his rogue detective, nor Wakeland's family and friends (or even a few of his enemies)--standing.


“Wiebe convincingly brings Raymond Chandler into the twenty-first century.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Sam Wiebe is going to become a modern master of noir.” —The Strand

“Sam Wiebe pulls no punches in his latest thriller, Cut You Down. Gripping, complex, and with an unusual play on the classic femme fatale trope, this is crime fiction at its best.” —Sheena Kamal, author of The Lost Ones
Cut You Down begins with a simple missing persons assignment for private detective Dave Wakeland. But fans of Sam Wiebe know that nothing is ever straightforward in Wakeland's life, personal or professional. Wakeland’s efforts to help an ex-lover force him to survey the hinterlands of his own heart even as the plot twists and accelerates through gangsters, corrupt police, money laundering, bleak neighbourhoods and of course, murder. A highly intelligent and satisfying page-turner.” —Janie Chang, author of national bestseller Dragon Springs Road

“Sam Wiebe does it again with Cut You Downsmart and razor-sharp, with a plot that keeps unraveling all the way to its exciting, unputdownable conclusion.” —David Swinson, author of The Second Girl and Crime Song

Tense, turbulent, and terrific. PI Dave Wakeland is the best kind of anti-hero, riding the edge between right and wrong, creating an unbreakable bond with the reader. Wiebe’s evocative prose, unexpected reveals, and riveting characters—including a contract killer who’s ace with a blade—will grab you from the first page.” —K.J. Howe, author of The Freedom Broker