Book #4: Invisible Dead (Wakeland #1) by Sam Wiebe

27283973Blurb on Goodreads …
A gritty, private-eye series begins on the streets of Vancouver, from an award-winning new crime writer.

Dave Wakeland isn’t the usual PI. A 29-year-old ex-cop, he makes a habit of bad ideas. Chelsea Loam falls squarely into that category. Chelsea disappeared eleven years ago, leaving a trail leading towards career criminals and powerful men. Taking her case quickly starts to look like a good way to get killed.

Whatever ghosts drive Wakeland, they drive him inexorably, addictively toward danger and the allure of an unsolvable mystery…

In this fresh and fast-paced noir thriller, echoing the darkest troubles of our age, a witty and badly bruised new face takes his place in the ranks of the very finest characters in crime fiction.

First Impressions.
Sarcastic. Real. Fast-paced (at times). Wanting Justice. 

The writing was fresh, full of witty banter, and a lot of truth, I believe, in the dialogue of the going-ons of a wide variety of every day people. The writing style is definitely not for the faint of heart. And some scenes are quite graphic.

David Wakeland is a 29yo PI, ex-cop, who has his own way of doing things, his own honour system if you will. While he may be gritty, and hard to swallow at times, he genuinely cares about the cases that make his desk. Especially that of Chelsea (aka Charity) Loam. Of which this story centers around Wakeland trying to find the truth about Chelsea’s disappearance and likely suspected death.

What impressed me was that Wiebe touched on the major crimes in the seedy underworld of Vancouver, BC. With the Exiles (biker gang/corporation) being some of the top bosses in the area you do not want to mess with, to the heartbreaking true issues of murdered and missing indigenous woman of Canada. How they often get fluffed to the side, and rarely seen as nothing more than sex workers, or drug addicts. When they are women who are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. They matter.

While I saw some issues with grammatical errors, and a continuity issue or two, overall, this was a solid piece of writing. And the story of Wakeland in pursuit of the truth had me wanting to know what happened next, chapter after chapter.

Rating: 3.5/5

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