Cut You Down (Wakeland, #2)
Tabitha Sorenson is missing. The bright but unstable student disappeared in the aftermath of a scandal involving millions of dollars in college funds. Professor Dana Essex doesn't think the missing money and the missing student are connected, but she hires Vancouver PI David Wakeland to find Tabitha, with whom she is in obsessed.When Wakeland discovers Tabitha has in fact stolen the money and is hiding out with her lover and reports back to his client, Essex is crushed to learn that Tabitha is in love with someone else. The next morning, Tabitha has been murdered and Essex has disappeared.Meanwhile, Wakeland has his own problems. His former girlfriend, police officer Sonia Drego, believes her partner is corrupt. With her job--and possibly her life--on the line, Wakeland may be her best hope of uncovering the conspiracy in the department before it brings her down.Hounded by Tabitha's friends, the police, the press, and his own troubled conscience, Wakeland tries desperately to find Essex and make sense of what happened. Could it all have been a ruse from the start, and is Wakeland just another in a long line of suckers?While searching for Essex and investigating Sonia's partner, Wakeland encounters criminals, anarchists, and crooked authority figures--all of them desperate people who will stop at nothing to guard their secrets.

Cut You Down (Wakeland, #2) Details

TitleCut You Down (Wakeland, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherRandom House Canada
ISBN-139780345816290
Rating
GenreCultural, Canada, Mystery, Crime

Cut You Down (Wakeland, #2) Review

  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    CUT YOU DOWN by Sam Wiebe is the sequel to the acclaimed Vancouver crime novel INVISIBLE DEAD. I was fortunate to win a copy of INVISIBLE DEAD (Wakeland #1) in 2016 and CUT YOU DOWN (Wakeland #2) in Jan 2018 by Sam Wiebe, a dark gritty detective tale set in Vancouver, Canada, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. Having enjoyed his debut novel, and posting a review on Goodreads and Amazon, I was pleased to read the second book in the series. I would suggest that you read the books in sequence CUT YOU DOWN by Sam Wiebe is the sequel to the acclaimed Vancouver crime novel INVISIBLE DEAD. I was fortunate to win a copy of INVISIBLE DEAD (Wakeland #1) in 2016 and CUT YOU DOWN (Wakeland #2) in Jan 2018 by Sam Wiebe, a dark gritty detective tale set in Vancouver, Canada, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. Having enjoyed his debut novel, and posting a review on Goodreads and Amazon, I was pleased to read the second book in the series. I would suggest that you read the books in sequence in order to get a better appreciation of the characters. Living in Toronto, and having travelled many times to Vancouver, I could appreciate the setting and imagery.Dave Wakeland is a private investigator, former cop, employed in the partnership of Wakeland and Chen, Private Investigations. Dave Wakeland and his partner Jeff Chen complement each other. Wakeland is more of a loner, eccentric in nature, who prefers his quiet time, and takes on cold cases that he feels comfortable with, while his partner, Jeff, came from the corporate security world and networks and brings in the money and clients into the business. In this novel set in Vancouver, B.C., PI Dave Wakeland takes on two difficult cases. The first case involves a missing person, a student-Tabitha Sorenson, a bright but unstable student disappeared in the aftermath of a scandal involving millions of dollars in college funds. Professor Dana Essex doesn't think the missing money and the missing student are connected, but she hires Vancouver PI David Wakeland to find Tabitha.After further investigation, Wakeland discovers Tabitha has stolen the money and is hiding out with her lover and Wakeland advises his client. Professor Dana Essex is devastated to find out that Tabitha is in love with someone else, as she is obsessed with Tabitha. The next morning, Tabitha has been murdered and Essex has disappeared.The second case involves his former girlfriend, police officer Sonia Drego, who believes her partner, Chris Chambers is corrupt. Wakeland is hired to uncover the conspiracy in the department before it comes down on her.These cases encompass aspects of laundered money, lies, betrayal and murder, a detective against gangsters, a bad cop and a contract killer…secrets that must be hidden at all costs.This is a well-written novel that comments on a society that forces its people to live by their rules, and engages the players to a game of cat and mouse.
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  • Benoit Lelièvre
    January 1, 1970
    That was pretty fantastic.I mean, hardboiled mysteries aren't a paragon of originality, they're more of a game you play with the author: you have to figure out who did it and why before he explains you. CUT YOU DOWN nevertheless shines through its fantastic execution. It's all in the details, but particularly in David Wakeland's complex and difficult personality. Sam Wiebe's protagonist is not the easiest nut to crack, but he's got a way of earning the reader's admiration before you even notice. That was pretty fantastic.I mean, hardboiled mysteries aren't a paragon of originality, they're more of a game you play with the author: you have to figure out who did it and why before he explains you. CUT YOU DOWN nevertheless shines through its fantastic execution. It's all in the details, but particularly in David Wakeland's complex and difficult personality. Sam Wiebe's protagonist is not the easiest nut to crack, but he's got a way of earning the reader's admiration before you even notice. CUT YOU DOWN is a long, intricate journey into Wakeland's inner universe that was fulfilling every step of the way.
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  • Cathie
    January 1, 1970
    Wakeland #2 didn't disappoint!!!I had watched They Live on cable this past week...and then I read this: "Nothing on the walls save for a signed poster of Roddy Piper, sunglasses on, ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum."
  • Rob Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Sam Weibe's knight errant Dave Wakeland is at it again. Fighting unseen battles that he can't explain. Every mystery he pursues leads him to more questions about the man he is. Powerful P.I. fiction that will enrich any reader
  • Melissa McGuire
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book, it was not as good as the first. But i was really intrigued and needed to know what would happen
  • Teena in Toronto
    January 1, 1970
    Dave Wakeland is a former cop and now a private detective in Vancouver, BC. He is in partnership with Jeff Chen, who is totally the opposite of him. They are based in Jeff's more professional space but Dave hasn't let go of his rundown office space in a building that is going to be demolished for condos soon. Dave isn't afraid to use violence to get the answers he needs, which isn't Jeff's style.Dave has been hired by a meek professor named Dana to find a student named Tabitha. Though not implic Dave Wakeland is a former cop and now a private detective in Vancouver, BC. He is in partnership with Jeff Chen, who is totally the opposite of him. They are based in Jeff's more professional space but Dave hasn't let go of his rundown office space in a building that is going to be demolished for condos soon. Dave isn't afraid to use violence to get the answers he needs, which isn't Jeff's style.Dave has been hired by a meek professor named Dana to find a student named Tabitha. Though not implicated, Tabitha was part of a scandal involving college funds and hasn't been seen since. Tabitha has awaken feelings in Dana and she wants to know if Tabitha feels the same. When Dave locates Tabitha, Dana is heartbroken to learn that Tabitha is happy in a relationship. Then Tabitha is found murdered and Dana disappears.In the meantime, Dave is asked by his ex-girlfriend, a police officer named Sonia, to follow her partner, Chris, but she doesn't tell him why. Though they haven't spoken in a long time, he doesn't hesitate to help her out. As he does, Dave discovers Chris is involved with a Chinese mobster who he has a history with.This is the third book I've read by this author and I liked it. It's the second in the Wakeland series (I read the first one too) ... you don't need to have read the first one as it works okay as a stand alone. I liked the writing style ... it was humorous at times (Dave can be sarcastic). It is written in first person perspective from Dave's point of view. As a head's up, there is swearing, violence and adult activity.I think the story lines were interesting but found there was a lot going on. I think both stories could have been made into separate books as each was compelling enough on its own.Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2018/02...
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  • Philip
    January 1, 1970
    Super! I liked this story very much even though it has a couple of things that I don't particularly like in a crime novel but in this case I didn't think they really caused any detriment to enjoying this read and I'll talk about them later. I think this book is every bit as good a read as book 1 "Invisible Dead" with the same excellent writing and descriptions of the setting and atmosphere and all the characters both the returning ones and the new ones are well and fully developed and as likeabl Super! I liked this story very much even though it has a couple of things that I don't particularly like in a crime novel but in this case I didn't think they really caused any detriment to enjoying this read and I'll talk about them later. I think this book is every bit as good a read as book 1 "Invisible Dead" with the same excellent writing and descriptions of the setting and atmosphere and all the characters both the returning ones and the new ones are well and fully developed and as likeable or not as they are supposed to be. Dave does manage to get himself beat up pretty good and it's hard to guess how long he'll be able to keep taking those lumps. The first missing girl case ended with a twist that wasn't too obvious although a reader should be able to see it coming and the other case had a satisfactory solid ending but this leads to the slight flaws that I mentioned. First the two cases have really nothing to do with each other besides Wakeland's investigations and I really think it would have made better reading to have them expanded to form two separate novels. The next couple of things that I don't particularly like in a mystery occur in the 2nd case that Dave takes on for Sonia. I am not really happy reading a story where the bad guy is identified at the beginning and the only mystery is how the detective finds him and winds up the case. Then the ending was solid and if the story had stopped with the perp in custody that would have been fine but what happened in the continuation is a thing for which I have a strong personal dislike and I'm not saying more and risking a spoiler.Anyway a good read although I think I liked Michael Drayton more in "Last of The Independents" and I hope Sam Wiebe has more books to follow in both series.
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  • Jessica Bronder
    January 1, 1970
    Wakeland is back. He is called in my Professor Dana Essex when a student, Tabitha Sorenson disappears in the middle of a scandal with millions in a college find disappear. Essex is obsessed with Tabitha and calls in Wakeland to investigate. Wakeland finds that she did take the money and is hiding out with another man. But then she is found dead and Essex is gone. At the same time, Wakeland’s old partner/girlfriend, Sonia Drego, thinks that her new partner is corrupt. She asks Wakeland to look in Wakeland is back. He is called in my Professor Dana Essex when a student, Tabitha Sorenson disappears in the middle of a scandal with millions in a college find disappear. Essex is obsessed with Tabitha and calls in Wakeland to investigate. Wakeland finds that she did take the money and is hiding out with another man. But then she is found dead and Essex is gone. At the same time, Wakeland’s old partner/girlfriend, Sonia Drego, thinks that her new partner is corrupt. She asks Wakeland to look into her partner and department. Wakeland can help but look into the missing money, death, and corruption. But he is going to quickly find himself in over his head. Who is Essex and why is he is obsessed with Tabitha? And when Tabitha ends up dead with the money missing, all signs point to Essex, who is this quiet professor and what is going on.Also, while looking into Sonia’s partner we learn that Chris has ties to a Chinese mobster that Wakeland has run into before. They also remember Wakeland and are determined to not let him go this time.I really enjoyed Invisible Dead. Although Cut You Down didn’t have the same feel as Invisible Dead, it was still a great thrill ride. I received Cut You Down from the Quercus for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    This is for fans of procedurals. Wakeland might seem like the standard tortured PI but the Vancouver setting is a treat (for a US reader in particular) and he's well written. He walks into what appears to be a fairly straight forward case- find Tabitha who might have stolen money - and it quickly goes wonky when Tabitha turns up dead. Who is Professor Essex, really? At the same time, he agrees to help his ex with a possible conspiracy in the police department. I'd not read the first book and I t This is for fans of procedurals. Wakeland might seem like the standard tortured PI but the Vancouver setting is a treat (for a US reader in particular) and he's well written. He walks into what appears to be a fairly straight forward case- find Tabitha who might have stolen money - and it quickly goes wonky when Tabitha turns up dead. Who is Professor Essex, really? At the same time, he agrees to help his ex with a possible conspiracy in the police department. I'd not read the first book and I think I might have missed some nuance but this was a very enjoyable read, with lots of small details that make you think. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.
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  • Tashfin Awal
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.It was a pretty good read, however it seemed a bit emotionally detached at times. For example, it seemed more new-reporting with narrative than a struggle against crime and mystery. And the dialogue could use some fluidity, but besides that, the characters and adventure was definitely entertaining!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this is a private detective book set in Canada that I absolutely loved. It follows PI Dave Wakeland as he investigates the case of a missing college student who may or may not be involved in the theft of funds from the college. With additional drama thrown in by a former partner, Dave is led on a journey to discover the truth as all is not as it appeared.This was a very satisfying suspenseful read. I hope there are many more books in this series.Highly recommend!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Sam Wiebe knows how to write one heck of a crime novel. This has a gripping opening, is unabashedly Canadian, and has a thrilling and disturbing plot. I think I preferred Invisible Dead, but this is proving to be a fantastic series, and Wiebe doesn’t disappoint with his dark, compulsively-readable books.Thanks to goodreads and the publisher for a free copy.
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  • Noelle Walsh
    January 1, 1970
    This book was good. It was a bit hard to get into at first but it does pick up part way through. Fans of procedurals will enjoy this book, in my opinion. It is probably a good idea to get the first book in this apparent duology so one can get a better sense of the characters.*won as a GoodReads Giveaway*
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  • Darren
    January 1, 1970
    I won this as a arc from a good reads giveaway. I enjoyed reading it. It is my first book by this author. It had a good story to it. I hope to read more books by this author.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    A big thank you to Random House Canada for sending along this ARC. I had a bit of a difficult time getting into the story because I hadn't read the first book in the series. At the beginning, I also felt like there was an overwhelming and almost forced attempt at referencing Canadian things. That being said, around the halfway point, the story picked up and the writing significantly improved to the point that I was pretty invested in knowing how it would all turn out.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Goodreads and Penguin Random House Canada for a free copy of this book. I feel very fortunate to win Cut You Down (Wakeland #2) after winning Invisible Dead, the first novel in the series. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I found it a bit less violent and gritty but still well written with an interesting plot and compelling characters. Once again, we are led on a tour of Vancouver as Wakeland searches for Tabitha Sorenson, who may or may not have stolen millions of dollars. Thanks to Goodreads and Penguin Random House Canada for a free copy of this book. I feel very fortunate to win Cut You Down (Wakeland #2) after winning Invisible Dead, the first novel in the series. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I found it a bit less violent and gritty but still well written with an interesting plot and compelling characters. Once again, we are led on a tour of Vancouver as Wakeland searches for Tabitha Sorenson, who may or may not have stolen millions of dollars. It is hard to know who to trust as there are many people interested in her whereabouts. I was drawn in right from the beginning through to the end. If you like detective stories, this one won’t disappoint.
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