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. . . a book about a forensic accountant that has tension, suspense and action. [. . .] When the central character looks like Lucy Liu, kicks like Jackie Chan and has a travel budget like Donald Trump, the story is anything but boring. [. . .] I look forward to the next one. (Anne Sutherland Montreal Gazette 2011-03-11)
If the other novels are half as good as this debut by Ian Hamilton, then readers are going to celebrate. [. . .] This is a terrific story that's certain to be on the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel list this year. Even better news is that the next three novels in the series are already written and ready to print. Ava Lee is going to be chasing the accounts for a long, long time. (Margaret Cannon Globe and Mail 2011-02-17)
. . . one of the most engaging female leads I've had the pleasure of reading about in quite a while . . . an absolute page-turner that's difficult to put down. (Scott Stewart Inside Halton 2011-03-10)
Ava is unbeatable at just about everything. Just wait for her to roll out her bak mei against the bad guys. She's perfect. She's fast. (Jack Batten Toronto Star 2011-02-19)
In the age of Lisbeth Salander, it's not hard to see why Hamilton's jet-setting heroine is so appealing. (Kevin Chong National Post 2011-02-18)
Readers will discern in Ava undertones of Lisbeth Salandar, the ferocious protagonist of the late Stieg Larsson's crime novels . . . irresistible . . . (Joan Barfoot London Free Press 2011-03-26)
The Water Rat of Wanchai delivers . . . [it] feels like the beginning of a crime-fighting saga . . . [a] great story told with colour, energy and unexpected punch. (Don Graves Hamilton Spectator 2011-04-08)
. . . enjoyable . . . [Ian Hamilton] creates a terrific atmosphere of suspense. (Sarah Weinman Quill & Quire 2011-05-01)
Few heroines are as feisty as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander, but Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee could give her a run for her money . . . Gripping . . . [Ava is] smart, gutsy, and resourceful. (Stylist UK 2011-10-05)
"The desperate situations in The Water Rat of Wanchai are what keep the pages turning, but what will keep readers coming back to the series is Ava Lee." (Buried in Print Blog 2012-04-02)
"The Water Rat of Wanchai is a solid and exciting read and a great start to the series." (Editorial Eyes 2012-04-07)
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.
Great read. Ava Lee is a great character and she gets better with every book. I am looking forward t the next book in the series. Read morePublished on June 14 2013 by Vicki Clements
Before I put this one in the recycling bin I feel it necessary to leave a counterbalancing review to all the accolades that encouraged me to buy the book in the first place. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2011 by Susan Mills
When I first received this book, I skimmed the back and saw forensic accountant and shipping firm and promptly put it on my bookshelf. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2011 by Heather Pearson
Ian Hamilton has blown away Steig Larsson with his protagonist Ava Lee. You will love the Ava Lee character; grit, intelligence, and courage are but a few of her traits. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2011 by jacksprat
As a enthusiastic fan of good mysteries, I'm always looking for something new and different. Ian Hamilton has hit a home run with Ava Lee. Read morePublished on June 10 2011 by hugh
Ian Hamilton does an outstanding job bringing the reader along for the ride with this action packed book. Read morePublished on May 16 2011 by silsies
Ava Lee the character in the series is an interesting woman. As a forensic accountant she travels many interesting places to retrieve stolen money for her clients. Read morePublished on April 30 2011 by Linda.g
Hats off to Ian Hamilton for creating this unusual and exciting novel starring the most unusual of protagonists: forensic accountant Ava Lee. Read morePublished on April 11 2011 by F. Armstrong