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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Anansi (Jan. 14 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770892346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770892347
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 25 2013
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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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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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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It's fascinating how Ian Hamiltons series on Ava Lee are so similar yet they still grab you. A lesbian Chinese Canadian forensic accountant whose partner she calls uncle is a former head of the Hong Kong triads with connections throughout Asia and beyond. The series almost follows a formula and except for some of the characters and setting they are all about getting the money stolen from clients back from the bad guys. You can almost plot out the broad ones of each story and you know it's going to end well. And yet you can"t put it down and are truly sorry when you have turned the last page. Then you look to see if there are still more you have't read!
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Ava Lee is again portrayed as the innovative, daring, dashing heroine we've learned to admire in four previous novels. The resolute manner in which she resolves conflicting situations absorbs the reader. Scenarios that are as contemporary as today's newspapers come to life with gripping impact. I was more impressed than ever.
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Ava Lee’s character reminded me of Harry Callahan, remember him (Clint Eastwood’s) ‘Go ahead, make my day’!! Well you definitely won’t want to mess with Ava Lee. She’s on the hunt for missing millions through a Ponzi scheme and will stop at nothing, even murder to achieve her goal. If you haven’t read this author before it’s worth taking a look at this entertaining and very different crime thriller novel.
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As a reader, I am thrilled to have discovered the Ava Lee series by Ian Hamilton ... I can count on a really 'good read'. Yes, sometimes the story involves rather graphic descriptions, ( I read these areas more swiftly.) .. but when I finish each book, I search out his next one! The Scottish Banker of Surabaya did not disappoint me. A really good read from start to finish!!
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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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