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Cut You Down

(Wakeland #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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
Paperback, First Canadian Edition, 288 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Random House Canada
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Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Cut You Down” (Wakeland #2) by Sam Wiebe is the third book of this years (2019) Shamus award nominees that I have read. And what a fantastic book it is. In my opinion this is the best contender so far. For those who like P.I. books and good writing, Mr. Wiebe is certainly a person to keep one’s eyes open for.

The nominees for the 2019 awards are:

Wrong Light, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
What You Want to See, by Kristen Lepionka (Minotaur)
The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
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
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Wiebe's 'Cut You Down' was my first book by this author. Dave Wakeland, former cop turned PI navigates his way through his client's request to find people. He is tasked with locating Tabitha Sorenson, and uses what remains of his police contacts. Wakeland is thrust into a cat and mouse game, spanning many areas of Canada and Washington State. Wakeland is met with twists and turns, while trying to bring closure to his client, all while protecting himself and his business partners.
I found t
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, first-reads
With the exception of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, I wasn’t aware of any Canadian crime/detective fiction so it was a real treat to come across this book (thanks Goodreads Giveaways). This book is set in western Canada, in Vancouver. Being a western Canadian myself I really appreciated this. Despite what one might glean from the media, Canada is not just Toronto. Anyhow, Dave Wakeland is a former police officer turned private investigator. In this book, he is hired to find a missing ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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."
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: w, 2018

No one knows what happened to Tabitha Sorenson, a brilliant but troubled college student who vanished in the aftermath of a scandal involving millions of dollars in school funds Hired to find the missing girl by her professor (and admirer) Dana Essex, private investigator Dave Wakeland is tossed into a world of suburban gangsters, corrupt authorities, and a contract killer with an unhealthy fondness for blades--all of them ready to guard their secrets at any cost.

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Kris - My Novelesque Life
2018; Penguin Random House Canada

Cut You Down is the second instalment of the Wakeland mystery series, and is also set in Vancouver, BC. After reading the first novel, Invisible Dead, I have put Sam Wiebe on my must read list. I am a fan of Canadian fiction, but there are too many mystery stories out there (that are also set in Canada), let alone Detective Noir. David Wakeland, a private investigator, is on a missing person case that may lead him way over his head. It leads him
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Quercus for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the hard-boiled crime type novels. CUT YOU DOWN by Sam Wiebe caught my eye right away. This was my introduction to Wiebe and I wasn't aware this was book two in the Wakeland series. It definitely reads as a standalone, so don't let that deter you! I will say though, I definitely want to go back and get to know the characters more.

Tabitha Soresen is a bright student that got mixed up in
Warren Layberry
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dianne Everson
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book because, of all things, it was recommended as a view of Eastside Vancouver by a a B.C. Political mag I read online, and I do read crime novels.
I rate this 3.5 stars.
If you don't read a spoiler summary it has a good surprising twist and complex interesting characters. Vancouver noir.
Not characters you really come to understand, but acceptance seems to be what the author believes in.
A Canadian author worthy of its place with on the shelf with others in the genre.
Glimpse of life t
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canada
I read both Wakeland books back to back. This one was a touch harder for me to get into, but it still rocked. When a meek and mild college instructor hires Dave to find a missing student, he has no idea how much evil he’s going to find. Add a corrupt cop and vicious local criminal gangs in an unrelated plot line and you’re up and away with the mayhem. These are not frivolous books: they’re dark and bloody, but so compelling that I’m eager to see where the author goes next.
Rob Smith
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jack Heath
Synopsis: Tabitha Sorenson is missing and millions in college funds are gone. Professor Dana Essex hires Vancouver PI Wakeland to find her.
Mary Anne
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful Vancouver Noir with a PI who is interestingly capable of change. I look forward to the next instalment.
Melissa McGuire
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Trevor Pearson
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, giveaways
Received a copy of Cut You Down by Sam Wiebe through the GoodReads giveaway program in exchange for an honest review

Vancouver Private Investigator Dave Wakeland is an archetypal figure in the freelance world of detective work, some would argue otherwise, but let’s face it, in the literary world he’s about as rare as a woman in distress in a piece of pulp fiction. Specifically speaking, Dave has his fair share of private clients, a growing security business as well as a checkered past as a recog
Corrie DeWolfe (Corrie's Book Nook)
I won this in a Giveaway nearly two years ago. It was a physical ARC. I didn't realize it was a sequel. So I read the first book last year. Okay, so I am a little late. Whatcha gonna do 'bout it? Send the League of Nations after me? (See what I did there? ) All thoughts are my own. No coercion necessary.

This was about the same rating to me as the first book, 3.5. Maybe even going up to 3.75. I definitely feel that this is more of a 4 star rating than a 3.

In round two of PI Dave Wakeland's life
Eddie Generous
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unnerving Magazine Review
CUT YOU DOWN is the second of Sam Wiebe’s Wakeland series. I hadn’t read the first, and to answer the initial question one might ask of a review: it was not necessary to do so. This one can stand alone.
What struck me almost immediately how like an updated John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee the story felt. You have a severely flawed hero getting roughed up, drinking, rolling in the hay, fighting for justice, and not being overly busy, but never hard up for cash.
The story ta
Teena in Toronto
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
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
Jessica Bronder
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Bret Kinghorn
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this from Goodreads giveaways.
It is book two that follows Vancouver PI Dave Wakeland and his-sometimes-unorthodox ways of investigating a case.
This time around he is hired to investigate a missing women who had been involved in a large scale case of fraud at a local university. But looks can be deceiving as the case begins to drag him into a dangerous game involving corrupt cops, local drug lords, an ex-lover and ex-fellow cop, and the local crime family. All this leads him to surprising
Grace Koshida
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surrey Polytech professor Dana Essex hires Vancouver PI Dave Wakeland to locate a former student, Tabitha Sorenson, who has been missing for months. Wakeland learns that Tabitha has embezzled and money laundered college funds and is associating with some shady, violent people. Meanwhile, Wakeland’s former lover, police officer Sonia Drego, asks him to follow her bent partner Chris Chambers. Wakeland has to deal with drug dealers, gangsters and other unsavoury characters in his search. Wakeland f ...more
Susan Chow-Dukhan
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Two stories in one book. The search for a missing college student that may have ties to embezzled funds and the investigation into the actions of a corrupt Vancouver cop. This novel has unexpected twists and turns that keeps the reader wondering about the resolution of each case.
While some events that occurred in the novel were exceptionally well written, capturing the reader's imagination, I felt that the overall effect of the writing felt a little two-dimensional. If Mr. Wiebe were to incorpor
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Received a free copy for honest review.

Dave Wakeland is a private investigator, former cop, and part owner of Wakeland and Chen, Private Investigations agency. He is hired by professor Dana Essex to find Tabitha Sorenson, a student who has disappeared and may also be part of an elaborate scheme where millions of dollars was stolen from the college fund. He is also helping his former lover, Sonia, a police officer who believes her colleague is corrupt and up to no good. This book is a good read a
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cut You Down is the second entry into what is an enjoyable and entertaining novel staring Vancouver, B.C. P.I. David Wakeland. Based in Western Canada, Cut You Down not only is a first-class story but also offers views of Vancouver, a city not familiar to many.
Wakeland specializes in finding missing persons. Here, he is hired to find Tabitha Sorenson, a college student who may have misappropriated university funds. This seems especially straightforward until it is not. Mix in a shady client who
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fr, 2018
I have not read the first novel in this series and I received this book for free through Goodreads First-Reads a while ago and have finally got a chance to read it. I enjoy crime/detective novels, but to me this was fairly run of the mill. There wasn't too much that really made me go "Wow". I didn't have a problem putting the book down to come back to it later, There was never an instance where I said, 'Just one more chapter'.

With all that said, there is nothing really wrong with the novel. It m
Kathleen Gray
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
It was neat that this book was set in Vancouver - I live in Saskatchewan, but have spent a lot of time over in Vancouver, and I found the setting to be totally realistic. Very much made me feel that I was back in Vancouver. The novel was well-written - I enjoyed the pace, and the way it kept me turning pages, because I needed to know what you going on. I actually haven't read the first book in the series, but this book made perfect sense to me....I'm sure the experience is even better if you rea ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one came as a pleasant surprise and I am surprised that Wiebe seems to be under the radar. My issue with male authors is that they are often too crude or explicit for my taste. The last one, which I read, kept throwing in crude slang, when other terms were probably more commonly used. Weibe does not find the need to use shock value, as the mystery speaks for itself and the characters are well fleshed, believable and, yes, even likeable. He nicely straddled the line between male/female genre ...more
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Sam Wiebe is the author of CUT YOU DOWN, INVISIBLE DEAD, and LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS. He lives in Vancouver.

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