"WITTY, SMART, DETAILED, AND HIGHLY ENTERTAINING." STEVE BERRY
"SHARP AND TERRIFIC." THE VANCOUVER SUN
"A MUST-READ FOR FANS OF NOIR." 5-STAR READER REVIEW
A gritty private-eye series begins on the streets of Vancouver, featuring an ex-cop with a moral compass stubbornly jammed at true north.
When PI Dave Wakeland is hired by a terminally ill woman to discover the whereabouts of her adopted child, who disappeared as an adult more than a decade earlier, it seems like just another in a string of poor career decisions.
Wakeland is a talented private investigator with next to zero business sense. And even though he finds himself with a fancy new office and a corporate-minded partner, he continues to be drawn to cases that are usually impossible to solve and frequently don't pay.
But it turns out this case is worse than usual, even by his standards. An anonymous tip leads Wakeland to an imprisoned serial killer who steers him toward Vancouver's terrifying criminal underworld. With nothing to protect him but his wit and his empathy for the downtrodden and disenfranchised, Wakeland is on the case.
About the Author
Sam Wiebe's stand-alone debut novel, Last of the Independents, won an Arthur Ellis Award and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and was nominated for a Shamus Award. His stories have appeared in Thuglit, subTerrain, and Criminal Element's The Malfeasance Occasional e-collection, among others. He lives in Vancouver.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sam Wiebe is an impressive writer. I absolutely loved his first novel, Last of The Independents. As soon as I started it I wanted him to write another book. And he just did, writing another moody, atmospheric, gray, and pensive novel, Invisible Dead. It takes place in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The plot is initially straightforward. A girl went missing a long time ago. Dave Wakeland, an earnest P.I. wants to find out what happened to the missing girl. Unfortunately, more than a few people, both good and evil, do not want her found. We accompany Dave as he deals with Vancouver’s meanest, deadliest, and scummiest. This is what being a P.I. is like. No glamor, girls, and glitz. Just hardnosed reality in all its glory and gloom. How Dave carries himself propels the reader rapidly through the story. Take a day or two to familiarize yourself with Dave Wakeland, a P.I. that has lived through a lot but can still talk about it. Once you read Invisible Dead you will cheer and root for another outstanding Dave Wakeland novel. I know I will.
Dave Wakeland is an ex-cop private investigator. He is asked by Gail Kirby to find her daughter, Chelsea Loom that disappeared eleven years ago. Gail has cancer and not expecting to live more than a couple months. Dave starts investigating and learns that Chelsea was a prostitute involved with drugs, which means not a lot of effort was put into her disappearance. As Dave starts digging, he finds himself on the radar for some powerful men that want him to stop his investigation quickly and have no problem hurting him. But Dave is determined to find out what happened to Chelsea and he is not going to let some thugs stop him. Dave has his own issues and although he left the politics of the police department he still finds himself in dead cases. And who could turn down a lady dying of cancer when she asks him to help her. Chelsea didn’t really have a great life but when she found herself at the Kirby’s they tried to help her out. But she was bound and determined to find her birth mother and found herself in more trouble as a drug addicted prostitute. It doesn’t help that some bad people got a hold of her. And they are the worst of the worst. Dave’s investigations also brings him to an old school friend and they become close. I have to say that this part of the book seemed unnecessary. It’s clearly a doomed relationship that will cause more heartache than pleasure and could have been left out of the story. But the part that really impressed me was how this story relates to an epidemic of aboriginal women that have disappeared in Canada, a lot of them in British Columbia. It seems that the real police don’t have leads or no time to look into them. It’s a great way to bring attention to the situation and adds more scare to the story. I really enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it to anyone that likes a great mystery thriller. I can’t wait to read anything else from Sam Wiebe. I received Invisible Dead from Quercus for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.