The Disciple of Las Vegas by Ian HamiltonThe Disciple of Las Vegas by Ian Hamilton

The Disciple of Las Vegas

byIan Hamilton

Paperback | July 16, 2011

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Ava Lee goes deep inside the shady world of online gambling in the second installment of the pulse-pounding series.

In The Disciple of Las Vegas, forensic accountant Ava Lee is hired by the richest man in the Philippines to recover $50 million from a Canadian land swindle. With the billionaire's reputation on the line, she follows the money from Vancouver to Las Vegas, to the Costa Rican accounts of the Moneida, a First Nations band that owns The River, a poker web site.

After uncovering an illegal online gambling ring, she confronts one of the world poker greats, David "The Disciple" Douglas, and his partner, Jeremy Ashton. Meanwhile, Jackie Leung, an old target of Uncle's and Ava's, has made it rich. He wants revenge, and he's going after Ava to get it.

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 Disciple of Las VegasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.7 inPublished:July 16, 2011Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887842526

ISBN - 13:9780887842528

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting and ingenious story. Very very good, I loved those books so much that I am going to read them a second time slowly to savour each adventure. I can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Series Book 2, in the Eva Lee series This second instalment is a treat, a financial mystery that is far more captivating and even better than the first. The protagonist is a forensic accountant, a feisty and sexy woman, an expert in martial arts that hunts down thieves that have defrauded her clients of millions of dollars. She has the reputation of going to any extreme to obtain favourable results and she does all of this with the help of her partner, a septuagenarian she respectfully calls “Uncle”. This time they are hired by Tommy Ordonez, the richest man in the Philippines who has been swindled out of $50 million, their incentive is a 30% recovery fee. Eva’s research tracing the money trail takes her to San Francisco, Vancouver, and Las Vegas where she finds an online gambling ring run through a First Nation server. With a strong forensic sense and a keen ability to detect anomalies, Eva soon uncovers links to the infamous gambler and poker great, David “The Disciple” Douglas, who she believes that with his partner, Jeremy Ashton, have been cheating the online system and have successfully moved the money into hidden accounts. Retrieving the money won’t be an easy task but with the help of Carlos and Andy, Uncle’s two thugs and sociopaths, she will have no problem persuading Douglas and Ashton to give up the goods. A little arm twisting can go a long way in convincing a person to make the right decision….. Meanwhile an old case comes back to haunt her, Jackie Leug, an old nemesis, wants revenge and he has targeted Ava to make his point…… This story is simply irresistible, once started you will be hooked to the last page it is that thrilling and captivating. The plotting is fast-paced and exciting with tense moments, some bloody scenes and lots of kick ass martial arts result in an adrenaline rush through a maze of twists and turns. Eva is one of the most interesting and original heroines I have seen in a mystery for some time. Her development has grown beautifully since she was first introduced to us in “The Water Rat of Wanchai” and I am looking forward to what she has in store for us next.
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When Politeness Kicks Ass I loved The Disciple of Las Vegas for two reasons. 1. Could not put the book down - plotting and pacing were perfect. 2. Ava Lee is one of the most interesting heroines I've come across. She's supremely polite (read: Canadian) and if you're in a dark alley with her, she'd better be on your side (she's a skilled martial artist). I particularly love her abandonment dreams - subtle, in the background, and they flesh her out as a human. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! What a book! It's so compelling a story - you can't put this down! I learned a whole lot about internet gambling, and how things are done! Well done Ian! My brother in law barely looked up for air this weekend! He loved it too!
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than the first! Ava Lee is a truly compelling protagonist! This book builds on the first and takes us on another multi-continent rollercoaster ride. A taut story line - I could not put this book down!
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Home Run for Hamilton!! Another home run for Ian Hamilton! The Disciples of Las Vegas features a very welcome return for forensic accountant Ava Lee! Ava's character develops more in this book...she is like the female equivalent of James Bond! . Hamilton has a great eye for details from Ava's wardrobe, to the food descriptions, to the global destinations! Another solid entry from Ian Hamilton!
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ava Lee Rocks!!!!!!!!! My God, this book is at least as good, if not better than the Water Rat of Wanchai. Ava just keeps growing as a character, and her jobs get more complicated, and she becomes more addictive. I don't know a character in recent Canadian fiction who hits home so strongly.
Date published: 2011-06-22

Editorial Reviews

". . . simply irresistible . . ." - Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail"Like The Water Rat of Wanchai, [Ian] Hamilton's second novel is a fast, reasonably captivating and thoroughly researched jaunt through one or two of the world's international financial underbellies and dubious characters." - Joan Barfoot, London Free Press"Ava Lee is chic, bright and an ace at deciphering complex financial crimes...swift and dangerous...a whole lot of action." - Jack Batten, Toronto Star"Ava Lee is one tough, smart woman ... she's a hit!" - Jenni Mortin, Saskatoon Star Phoenix"Hamilton gives his reader plenty to think about ... entertaining ..." - Patrick Davitt, Kitchener-Waterloo Record"Lee is a hugely original creation, and Hamilton packs his adventure with interesting facts and plenty of action." - Irish Independent"This is slick, fast-moving escapism reminiscent of Ian Fleming, with more to come in what shapes us a a high-energy, high concept series." - Booklist"Hamilton makes each page crackle with the kind of energy that could easily jump to the movie screen... this riveting read will keep you up late at night." - Rachel Kramer Bussel, Penthouse