Why do I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up lately? So many great releases and I want them all to have their day to shine!
Thanks to Quercus Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
CUT YOU DOWN – Sam Wiebe (out now!)
My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!
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 a huge scandal involving millions of dollars in college funds is now missing. Dana Essex, a professor at the university, doesn’t think they’re connected and wants to find Tabitha. She enlists the help of Vancouver PI David Wakeland to track her home.
After Wakeland tracks her down, he discovers that Tabitha had run off with the money and was in hiding with her lover. When he reports his findings to Essex, who is secretly obsessed with Tabitha, she is noticeably upset and hurt. The next day, Tabitha is found murdered and Essex is nowhere to be found.
As if that’s not enough, he also is recruited to help his former girlfriend, Sonia, investigate her partner. Can he uncover the conspiracy within her police department?
This was a great hard boiled crime novel – I’m a sucker for those. The writing was great and I loved the rough around the edges Wakeland. I can’t wait to see where Wiebe takes him next! You would think that having two investigations happening simultaneously would be confusing, but Wiebe does a great job at keeping them separate and confusion at a minimum.
What do you think of the hard boiled crime genre?