Sam Wiebe not Spade
September 01st, 2016
Vancouver mystery author Sam Wiebe (Last of the Independents and Invisible Dead) is VPL’s new writer in residence! Wiebe will lead a literary event that includes a panel of law enforcement and forensic experts to kick off his residency at the library.
VPL Writer in Residence: Sam Wiebe
Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St.
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Sam Wiebe’s novel Last of the Independents (Dundurn $17.99) won the 2012 Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Novel, and was subsequently published in 2014. The novel introduces readers to a 29 year-old private investigator, named Michael Drayton who runs an agency in Vancouver that specializes in missing persons. Characters range from a local junk merchant, a crooked private eye, and a drug-addicted car thief to a necrophile and a disreputable psychic trying to bilk the mother of a missing girl.
Wiebe’s second novel Invisible Dead (Random House 2016) is the first in an intended series that starts on the streets of Vancouver where readers are introduced to PI Dave Wakeland. His big case is the mystery surrounding an indigenous woman, Chelsea Loam, who disappeared eleven years ago. Her trail leads Wakeland to career criminals, powerful men, and possibley his own death.
Sam Wiebe’s stories have appeared in Thuglit, subTerrain, Spinetingler and Criminal Element’s Malfeasance Occasional e-collection. He lives in Vancouver.
Last of the Independents (Dundurn 2014) $17.99 9781459709485
Invisible Dead (Random House 2016) $22.00 978-0-345-81627-6