Last of the Independents: Vancouver Noir

Last of the Independents: Vancouver Noir

Sam Wiebe / Aug 20, 2019

Last of the Independents Vancouver Noir Winner of the Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel Twenty nine year old Michael Drayton runs a private investigation agency in Vancouver that specializes in missing person

  • Title: Last of the Independents: Vancouver Noir
  • Author: Sam Wiebe
  • ISBN: 9781459709485
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel, 2012Twenty nine year old Michael Drayton runs a private investigation agency in Vancouver that specializes in missing persons only, as Mike has discovered, some missing people stay with you Still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of a young girl, Mike is hired to find the vanished son of a lWinner of the Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel, 2012Twenty nine year old Michael Drayton runs a private investigation agency in Vancouver that specializes in missing persons only, as Mike has discovered, some missing people stay with you Still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of a young girl, Mike is hired to find the vanished son of a local junk merchant However, he quickly discovers that the case has been damaged by a crooked private eye and dismissed by a disinterested justice system Worse, the only viable lead involves a drug addicted car thief with gang connections.As the stakes rise, Mike attempts to balance his search for the junk merchant s son with a profitable case involving a necrophile and a funeral home, while simultaneously struggling to keep a disreputable psychic from bilking the mother of a missing girl.

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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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    1. A fun, fast read for fans of classic PI tales told with a contemporary sensibility. Despite having lived in Vancouver for much of my life, this was really the first genre novel I read entirely set in the city. I felt oddly exposed by my constant recognition of streets and music venues, and now I wonder how people who live in New York must feel when so many books are set in their city.Sam Wiebe's characters feel real, their flaws not superimposed but rather integral to who they are and why they d [...]


    2. I was familiar with Sam Wiebe's work through his sharp short story, "Gallows Point". So I was pleased to hear that he had a novel out, and today, just a couple of days after picking up the book, I ate it up on a long train ride.It's very good in every way. Character development is strong, starting with the hero, Drayton, and moving right on down the line. Everybody's motivation rings true. The Vancouver atmosphere is a big plus. But most of all, the compelling storyline keeps you on the hook, an [...]



    3. A few things about this that really irritated me about this book, being that it is set where I live & closely tied to my job:1. The protagonist is only 29, yet he supposedly has already had a career with the police long enough to open a PI agency, which he's also been doing for a few years. If he had been at least in his 30's I'd have found this more believable, because then he'd have been likely to at least spent a few years in detectives, not just on the beat.2. When the protagonist visits [...]


    4. One caveat: I know Sam Wiebe personally. He was my student when I was a TA at SFU in the Fall 2008 term. I haven't seen much of him in the intervening years, and this is the first of his writing I've experienced since marking his assignments six years ago. Reading is part of my job description, and this is not the first time I've read something written by someone I know; I do my best to remove my subjectivity, just as I ask my students to do. Now my review:This is the debut novel of Vancouver wr [...]


    5. Winner of the 2012 Unhanged Arthur Award, Sam Wiebe delivers a shockingly gritty, moving crime novel, “Last of the Independents.”Vancouver-based private investigator Michael Drayton, 29, specializes in missing persons. When Drayton’s most recent client, Clifford Szabo, approaches him about Szabo’s missing son, Django James, Drayton is uncertain about taking the local junk merchant’s case.Szabo tells Drayton that on the day he visited a pawn shop, leaving Django inside the running car, [...]


    6. A pleasure to read, with strong plot and characterization. It likes to call back to old noir tropes without actually treading on too much familiar ground. In a way, I found it stepped away from the noir genre to make something of its own. The main character, Mike Drayton, I would classify hardly as hardboiled, bordering on softboiled at times, though this, I feel, is just how I would picture a Canadian Lit interpretation of noir. Overall, I'd say this book is definitely worth the read.


    7. Once you read the opening lines of Sam Wiebe’s smart debut novel, Last of the Independents, there’s no turning back. You’re in it to the end. Sam Wiebe brings a new voice to the noir genre; often dark, but with laugh out loud humor and characters that stay with you well after you finish reading. You don’t have to be a fan of crime fiction to love this book. It’s a definite must read.


    8. Funny and engaging, a great read. I don't often read crime fiction, but I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put this book down! Interesting characters and well-paced plot. It also really captures the feel of the pacific north-west. Highly recommended.


    9. Very, very good. I loved all the local places and there were some conversations between characters where I snorted out loud with laughter. Really enjoyable. I do wish I hadn't read that epilogue though. That's going to stick with me for a long time.



    10. An excellent outing by a new crime writer in Vancouver! Gritty, yet appropriately light in the right places. Noir, Vancouver version. Loved it!


    11. Entertaining, fresh take on the noir genre, with clear prose, vivid characters and a realistic Vancouver setting.


    12. A definite page turner! The setting and characters absorb the reader And the ending was fantastic! (Do not want to give anything away!) Can't wait to read what this author does next!



    13. Really enjoyed this book. A grate mystery and a real page turner. Shame I was unable to give it five stars if I could would give it ten.



    14. Received a copy of Last of the Independents by Sam Wiebe through the First Reads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review "One of my grandpa's favorite sayings: 'When you've only got a hammer you treat every problem as a nail.' Sometimes your options aren't limited by your tools so much as by the mindset you bring to them. But that doesn't mean that mindset is necessarily wrong. Sometimes the problem really does call for a big tucking hammer blow."A man born into a family that thrives o [...]


    15. It really deserves at least a 3.5. For the first half of the book, I was rating it as a 5, but somewhere about the 3/4 mark, it could have used more editing. It was his first novel. Perhaps the "noir" part of Vancouver noir became a little over the top, at least for me. The book is excellent for the descriptions and evocations of Vanvouver, the Lower Mainland, and Vanvouver Island, as well as mostly the genre. I'm not the greatest fan of some of the 'hard boiled' variety of mysteries.I discovere [...]


    16. Wiebe is an excellent writer. No wasted words. Punchy dialogue. Funny and heart-wrenching. Characters that feel like real people. I was surprised by how bereft I felt at the end, betrayed. By Wiebe or Drayton, I'm not sure. Perhaps both.



    17. Very much enjoyed this noir Vancouver mystery. It's always fun to read about settings you know and this one was more enjoyable than many a mystery.


    18. Synopsis/blurb……Winner of the Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel, 2012Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Drayton runs a private investigation agency in Vancouver that specializes in missing persons — only, as Mike has discovered, some missing people stay with you. Still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of a young girl, Mike is hired to find the vanished son of a local junk merchant. However, he quickly discovers that the case has been damaged by a crooked private e [...]


    19. I forced myself to finish this book. The overwhelming number of errors made it incredibly challenging to finish. Here are a couple of the most glaring ones.- The "berets in her black hair" instead of "barrettes" (one is a hat, one is a hair clip).- Saying Walnut Grove is part of Fort Langley (Both are part of the Township of Langley)- "She was wearing a checkered skirt with a leotard below that, and a zipped-up bomber jacket that concealed her top." (How would you know she was wearing a leotard [...]


    20. Last of the Independents is written in first person, from the point of view of PI Michael Drayton. His character is an intriguing mix of bad boy and good-hearted hero. The cast of supporting characters is original and well-developed. The story feels believable. We follow Drayton as he attempts to solve two different cases, one with a darkly humorous edge and the other far more serious and complex. As we delve into the cases, we also see parts of Drayton's personal life. This insight adds layers [...]


    21. READ IN ENGLISH Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!Publication Date: August 18th 2014Another Canadian suspense novel. This one set in Vancouver. Michael Drayton is a 29-year-old private detective, who still haunted by the case of a missing little girl he was unable to save. When another father comes in telling about his son gone missing together with his car, he takes the ca [...]


    22. Mike Drayton is a former cop and is now a private detective in Vancouver, BC. He has a couple cases open an ongoing one of a missing girl who disappeared years ago and the other is to figure out who is having sex with dead bodies in a funeral home. He is then hired to find a young boy who disappeared a couple months ago. The boy's father is abrasive but Mike promises to do what he can, picking up where the first private detective the father hired and the cops left off. Also on Mike's team is hi [...]


    23. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. OMG think I found my new favorite author!!!!!! Sam Wiebe Where have you been all my life?!?!I LOVED this book. It had just enough of everything, and it was FUNNY!In this book we meet a PI Michael Drayton, who used to be a cop. He is in love with his very sick dog and refuses to put her down, which we will hear about throughout the book. His character is a mix of some type of bad boy with a good hearted hero mixed [...]


    24. LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS is one of these novels that compensate what it might lack in originality by a tremendous clarity of purpose: it is a detective novel. It doesn't want to be anything else than a detective novel and it really does a quite good job at what it wants to be good atST OF THE INDEPENDENTS might not me an emotional journey, but it offers a sharp, engaging portrait of Vancouver's underbelly that doesn't draw outside the lines.I thought LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS was a successful nov [...]


    25. This is a truly excellent novel. It's as dark (if not darker) than many of the great classics of noir, but it's also hilarious and has a host of perceptive insights that take your mind in different directions (the morality of having sex with a corpse, for example, or the virtues of Speed over Citizen Kane). All of these things add great depth to the novel instead of distracting you from the story, which is what happens in a lot of good but overly-ambitious novels. Wiebe has mastered it in his fi [...]


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