The Scottish Banker of Surabaya Paperback – Jan 14 2013
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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 ten novels in the Ava Lee series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by Amazon.ca, the Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years that should be on your bookshelf. The series is being adapted for television.
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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..
I look forward to the new Ava Lee book and catching up on some of the old ones.
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A different kind of mystery. I enjoyed the characters the author built. I would read other books in the series.Published on April 23 2014 by Marilyn Gazey
Ava experiences a number of traumatic events in this instalment. I really enjoyed the development of her relationship with Uncle. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2013 by lglover
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2013 by kiwira
This series of books with Ana Lee and the main character are great. I would recommend them to anyone. Definately give them 5 stars.Published on June 14 2013 by Vicki Clements
An entertaining read. The characters are well formed. The story is entertaining. The main character, Ava Lee, is fun to follow.Published on June 4 2013 by mjujazz1