The Scottish Banker of Surabaya: An Ava Lee Novel by Ian HamiltonThe Scottish Banker of Surabaya: An Ava Lee Novel by Ian Hamilton

The Scottish Banker of Surabaya: An Ava Lee Novel

byIan Hamilton

Paperback | February 16, 2013

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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...

IAN HAMILTON is the author of 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 ye...
Title:The Scottish Banker of Surabaya: An Ava Lee NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.22 inPublished:February 16, 2013Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770892346

ISBN - 13:9781770892347

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining 3.5* 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.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad for it to end It was a page turner but I didn't want it to end. Can't wait for the next Ava Lee adventure.
Date published: 2013-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great 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..
Date published: 2013-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Scottish Banker of Surabaya OK read. Ending could have been better. Did not appreciate author's political bias in calling Canadian PM a thug. Typical Toronto left wing jargon.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Scottish Banker of Surabaya Excellent....just like the other books in this series. Looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2013-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The books just keep getting better..... Another great read from Ian Hamilton. Ava's character continues to develop and I am ready for the next book...bring it on. Also thoroughly enjoying the glimpses of places around the world I have never been, it adds dimension and interest to the read Jdm
Date published: 2013-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great story about the original and daring Ava Lee! I eagerly anticipated this fifth Ava Lee book, and was completely immersed in it when it arrived. The book opens in Ontario cottage country as Ava recovers from wounds received on a previous mission. At her mother Jennie’s request, soon she is investigating a Ponzi-type fraud which took the life savings of a group of Vietnamese Canadians. With advice from her elderly “uncle”, who is her mentor but also a former leader in a Hong Kong triad, she is soon on her way to Ho Chi Minh City to track down the missing money. The fraud is more complex than anticipated, and Ava rapidly finds herself in great danger from Italian mafia. If you don’t know Ava Lee, on the surface she is an attractive young Chinese Canadian woman dressed in elegant designer clothing, who lives in a fashionable Yorkville condo in Toronto. In her personal life, Ava is getting to know her father’s Hong Kong family and receives a surprising invitation from her half-brother Michael’s fiancée, Amanda. Hidden below the surface is a Bak Mei martial arts adept, determined forensic accountant, and daring financial sleuth. Ava tries to balance her private life with the perilous domain of criminal investigation and adopts multiple personas to elicit information as she travels throughout Asia and the world. Along the way Ian Hamilton delights with descriptions of exotic foods and locales. My list of places to visit is growing longer and longer! I can’t wait for the next book.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another compelling adventure with Ava Lee There are three things that I love about Ian Hamilton's Ava Lee Series. The writing is first class; Ava lee is a very engaging character and the I always learn something about a real issue. I highly recommend the whole series and in particular" The Scottish Banker of Surabaya". You will learn all sorts of unpleasant things about money laundering in a most enjoyable way. I can't wait for book #6.
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I started reading The Scottish Banker on Saturday morning, and didn't stop until I finished it Saturday night. What a fantastic book. Great plot, and in Ava Lee a totally wonderful, unique and addictive character. The best crime/mystery series being written in Canada? I sure think so.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect diversion!! The fifth book in the Ava Lee series was worth the wait!! I could not put 'The Scottish Banker' down - a really great story with wonderful character development. This series is not based on formulistic plots - but is an addictive continuing story which is going in unexpected directions. This book is a strong contender for best in the series (so far) and I cannot wait until the next book!!
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Masterpiece from Hamilton! This latest addition to the Ava Lee series is one that Hamilton fans will not want to miss. Hamilton has gifted us with a compelling story line filled with unexpected twists and turns. Readers will enjoy Ava Lee's no-nonsense attitude and applaud her courage in recovering the huge sum of money from a money laundering expose in Indonesia. Readers who enjoy mystery books a little out of the ordinary, especially ones with an imaginative plot with vivid descriptions that will engage all your senses, should run out and grab this one as soon as possible!
Date published: 2013-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series keeps getting better and better! This was my favourite book in the series so far. I loved it. An action packed read! It's one of those books that when you're not reading it, you are thinking if it - wanting to return to Ava's world. I have read the previous 4 in the series and after this book, I can't believe how attached I am becoming to the characters. Let the countdown begin for Book 6 and more Ava!
Date published: 2012-12-20

Editorial Reviews

"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"...increasingly compelling pages of high-value, high-octane Ava Lee adventures." - Joan Barfoot, London Free Press"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"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"Filled with the usual twists and turns that make detective fiction fun, this one is... irresistible." - Andrew Armitage, Sun Times"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"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