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The Scottish Banker of Surabaya [Paperback]

Ian Hamilton
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Feb. 16 2013 An Ava Lee Novel

The fifth installment in the wildly popular Ava Lee series, The Scottish Banker of Surabaya exposes the dark world of money laundering and the Italian mob.

Ava begins an investigation into what she thinks is a Ponzi scheme. The trail leads her to a bank in Indonesia that is run by a Scot, but in actuality is a front for an elaborate money-laundering operation for Italian mobsters. The relationship between Ava and the Scotsman turns nasty and personal. Meanwhile, Uncle’s health problems become apparent...


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Hamilton deepens Ava’s character, and imbues her with greater mettle and emotional fire, to the extent that book five is his best, most memorable, to date. (Sarah Weinman National Post 2013-02-14)

...increasingly compelling pages of high-value, high-octane Ava Lee adventures. (Joan Barfoot London Free Press 2013-02-23)

Those new to [Ava Lee's] world will find the book easily accessible... with their tight plotting and crackerjack heroine, Hamilton’s novels are the sort of crowd-pleasing, narrative-focused fiction we find all too rarely in this country. (Robert J. Wiersema Quill & Quire 2013-03-01)

The fifth Ava Lee novel is a winner on all fronts... The pacing is furious yet sneaky: You’re hooked before you realize it. The novel is driven by characterizations, action and multiple settings. Ian Hamilton’s textured voice allows the action to convey the emotional focus and his story-telling puts you at the centre of the conflict. The poignant conclusion adds yet another dimension to this multi-layered story. The series is addictive. (Don Graves Hamilton Spectator 2013-03-01)

Filled with the usual twists and turns that make detective fiction fun, this one is... irresistible. (Andrew Armitage Sun Times 2013-02-23)

Hamilton knows how to keep the pages turning. He eases us into the seemingly tame world of white-collar crime, then raises the stakes, bringing the action to its peak with an intensity and violence that’s stomach-churning. His Ava Lee is a winner and a welcome addition to the world of strong female avengers. (Lesley McAllister NOW Toronto 2013-03-14)

Readers will never meet another forensic accountant like Lee... if only jet-setting around the world were as effortless as [she] makes it appear to be. (JoAnn Alberstat Chronicle Herald 2013-04-14)

About the Author

Ian Hamilton is the author of seven novels in the Ava Lee series: The Dragon Head of Hong Kong: The Ava Lee Prequel, The Water Rat of Wanchai, The Disciple of Las Vegas, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, The Red Pole of Macau, The Scottish Banker of Surabaya, and The Two Sisters of Borneo. The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, an Amazon.ca Top 100 Book of the Year, an Amazon.ca Top 100 Editors’ Pick, an Amazon.ca Canadian Pick, an Amazon.ca Mysteries and Thrillers Pick, a Toronto Star Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year, and a Quill & Quire Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and so well thought out March 19 2014
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This is not my favourite of Ian Hamilton's books but it is a great book nonetheless. I really enjoy his style of writing. I look forward to all of his future books as well. His first novel I received as an Amazon freebie and enjoyed it so much I purchased every book he has come out with since. I grew up in Toronto and now live north of Richmond Hill. I enjoy all of the local references. He is a gifted storyteller. The story always flows at an even pace. It never drags on and gets boring. It is a difficult book to put down. My husband has enjoyed all of his books as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ava Lee and a Thriller to the End March 15 2014
By Hal
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Hamilton's authentic locales mixed with an intriguing plot, stirred by Ava and her family made for a great read. This was my introduction to Ava Lee. I enjoyed meeting her but didn't find any resemblances to Lisbeth Salander. Ava Lee stands on her own and is lots of fun, especially for an accountant.

I look forward to the new Ava Lee book and catching up on some of the old ones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars best bad guy yet Jan. 27 2014
By Jilla Lonsdale TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Ava Lee takes us on yet another complex and fast paced ride through the underbelly of the banking world - this time around she's drawn in due to family and we find out much more about her interesting father and his many wives and children -- another layer to an already good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another satisfying Ava Lee adventure! Dec 26 2013
By lglover
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Ava experiences a number of traumatic events in this instalment. I really enjoyed the development of her relationship with Uncle. Can't wait to learn what's next in Ava's exciting life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ava isn't bullet-proof Sept. 20 2013
By kiwira
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Ian Hamilton sure puts his heroine through a lot. This time she is pushed by her mother into taking a job for some Vietnamese Canadians and she ends up in dire straits in Indonesia. Ava has to face, as well that Uncle is seriously ill. I can't wait for the sixth book in the series to come out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it June 14 2013
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This series of books with Ana Lee and the main character are great. I would recommend them to anyone. Definately give them 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good summertime read. June 4 2013
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An entertaining read. The characters are well formed. The story is entertaining. The main character, Ava Lee, is fun to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Story May 25 2013
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Book 5, in the Ava Lee series

Although I had missed the two previous entries (which are on my back list) this latest installment had enough of chunk of back-story and fill in plot points and character relationships that I fitted right in and never felt lost, therefore, it was easy to pick up the pace and plunge into one of the stronger entries Mr. Hamilton has written so far….. I really need to catch up though….this is such an addictive series.

Eva Lee is a complex character, a young, stylish Chinese Canadian, a brilliant forensic accountant and a very engaging protagonist who stands out from the pack. Recovering from a gunshot wound acquired during her last job she is at a crossroad deciding her future when her mother ask her to help a friend who has been victimized along with others in the Toronto Chinese community in what seems to be a Ponzi scheme. To please her mother she accepts and begins her investigation. The trail leads her to a bank in Indonesia that is run by a Scot and a front for money-laundering operation for Italians mobsters.

The tight plot is detailed and full of international intrigue, one that is so suspenseful easy to get immersed into and lose track of time. Eva’s identity, her sexuality, her loves and challenges bring such human emotions into story especially her love for “Uncle” and the people she works with. The narration is focused on action and is definitely super-fun and a reader’s delight (IMO). Eva continues to develop and brings deferent twists with each installment.

Mr. Hamilton has once again gifted us with a compelling story filled with vivid description. Highly Recommended..
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