Created by Sam Wiebe
"There's no real polite way to say this, Mr. Drayton. Someone's fucking our corpses and we'd like it to stop."
-- Michael meets a new client.
Twenty-nine year old Vancouver dick MICHAEL DRAYTON isn't your usual hard-boiled gumshoe -- in fact, he gives off something of a slacker vibe. He drinks tea, is devoted to his ailing dog, and lives with his Grandma in her basement. His best friend, Ben, is a wealthy but ne'er-do-well game developer who mostly just hangs around the office, pestering part-time secretary Katherine, who it turns out is a closet Goth. All three of them are spinning their wheels; caught up in a generational rut.
But Drayton is serious about one thing -- finding missing persons. To the point of obsession. Years later, he's still haunted by his failure to find Ben's kid sister, long presumed dead, and his latest case, the disappearance of a young boy -- the apparent victim of a carjacking gone very, very wrong -- is beginning to look like it might never be solved, either.
Drayton's one appearance to date, Last of the Independents (2014), the winner of the 2012 Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Novel, is just one heartbreaker of a read, full of moments of dark raw power, flashes of cheerfully profane humour and unexpected bursts of fierce light; a book that announces a truly fresh, original voice to the genre.
And Drayton's a glorious mess of a character, full of contradictions. He's a doofus as apt to quote Shakespeare or make Kafka jokes as he is to spill a drink on himself; the sort of character that either rises or falls depending on the writing. Fortunately Wiebe totally pulls it off.
Plus, the book boasts one of the best epilogues ever. Forget the eternally squabbling Ben or Katherine -- Grandma should come to work with Mike.
Vancouver's Sam Wiebe's crime fiction has been published internationally. Recent projects include audio adaptations of Hamlet and Frankenstein, an independent film script, and a follow-up novel, to feature Dave Wakeland, a new Vancouver private eye.
-- National Post
-- Don Crinklaw in Booklist (starred review)
-- The Tribune
Private Eyes of the West Coast
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
| Home | Detectives A-L M-Z | Film | Radio | Television | Web Comics | Comics | FAQs | Search |