The Wild Beasts of Wuhan by Ian HamiltonThe Wild Beasts of Wuhan by Ian Hamilton

The Wild Beasts of Wuhan

byIan Hamilton

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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Ava is back, and she is tougher than ever as she uncovers the secret world of art fraud, in the third book in the wildly popular and bestselling Ava Lee Series.

In The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, Uncle and Ava are summoned by Wong Changxing, “The Emperor of Hubei” and one of the most powerful men in China, when he discovers that the Fauvist paintings he recently acquired are in fact forgeries.

Ava uncovers a ring of fraudulent art dealers and follows their twisted trail to Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Dublin, London, and New York. But the job is further complicated by Wong’s second wife, the cunning and seductive May Ling, who threatens to interfere in Ava’s investigation.

Will Ava find the perpetrators and get the Wongs’ money back? Or will May Ling get to them first . . .

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 Wild Beasts of WuhanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.82 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887842534

ISBN - 13:9780887842535

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting development I wonder where this May Ling character will pop up again. I don't think she will go away easily. I liked the twists in this one but it was a little hard to follow at points. Still I love Ava Lee and am always intrigued to see how she's will win in the end.
Date published: 2013-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Book 3, in the Ava Lee Mystery “The Wild Beasts of Wuhan” brings Ava, a forensic accountant and martial expert to the glamorous underworld of art forgery. This quick-witted, pure class and sexy Chinese Canadian sweetheart is savouring in the opening of this installment the good weather with her family on a C aribbean cruise near Curacao. When Uncle called in an urgent favour, Wong Changxing, one of the most powerful men in China, is livid after discovering his collection of Fauvist painting are forgeries. He has mandated them to get his money back. With the help of her mentor, Ava traces the provenance of the meticulously forged paintings to Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Dublin, New York and London. She infiltrates prestigious auction houses and uncovers a massive web of corruption. As in the previous books, Ava and her client see things in a total different scope, this time she faces the meddling May Ling, Wong’s manipulative wife, who threatens to interfere in the investigation…. This is another great caper although not as exciting as the two previous. It has far less action and by far more hopping around: lot of p lane flights, h otels stays, restaurants meals, and clothes shopping…etc. This aside, the plot is nevertheless, an entertaining dip into the worlds of artistic trickery and as Ava worked through all the clues, we have a tad of suspense for our entertainment. This time around, Ava never seems to be in great danger, no mucking about, no risking life and limb and no kick ass…..all missing incentives to make it a pulse racer. Having said this, I still was hooked from the start and simply zipped through it in no time. Mr. Hamilton has won my heart with this series and looking forward to any of Ava Lee’s escapades.
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devoured The Wild Beasts of Wuhan! Hamilton's easy to read, descriptive style made me feel I was on a journey with Ava to Denmark, Dublin, London, and the Faroe Islands, all without having to hop on a plane and pack my suitcase! Devoured this gripping book in a day! Truly a book for lovers of art, crime, and travel! Fantastic book! Made sleep irrelevant!
Date published: 2012-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Ian Hamilton`s Ava Lee makes me want to learn forensic accounting, martial arts, the secret of ordering dim sum and how to kick some butt! Cannot wait until Ava`next adventure.
Date published: 2012-02-13

Editorial Reviews

"[Ava Lee] is definitely a winner." - Jenni Mortin, Saskatoon StarPhoenix"I'm devouring each book as it comes out. I'm impressed with Ava's character development as the series progresses ... if you want a great read and an education in high-level business dealings, Ian Hamilton is an author to watch." - Ellen Roseman, Toronto Star"... my favourite new mystery series ... perfect escapism ..." - Sarah Weinman, National Post"The Wild Beasts of Wuhan is an entertaining dip into potentially fatal worlds of artistic skulduggery." - Joan Barfoot, Sudbury Star"... Hamilton uses Ava's investigations as comprehensive and intriguing mechanisms for plot and character development." - Natalie Samson, Quill and Quire"... fast-paced and very entertaining." - Anne Sutherland, Montreal Gazette"The Wild Beasts of Wuhan is the best Ava Lee novel yet, and promises more and better to come." - Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail"The very interesting story puts Lee into the world of international fine art as she tries to find out how a client in China was cheated in some very expensive purchases." - Patrick Davitt, Guelph Mercury"Clearly conversant with the art world, Hamilton makes the intricacies of forgery as interesting as a Ponzi scheme." - Publishers Weekly"You haven't seen cold and calculating until you've double-crossed this number cruncher. Another strong entry from Arthur Ellis Award-winner Hamilton." - Karen Keefe, Booklist"An intelligent kick-ass heroine anchors Canadian author Hamilton's excellent third novel featuring forensic accountant Ava Lee.Clearly conversant with the art world, Hamilton makes the intricacies of forgery as interesting as a Ponzi scheme." - Publishers Weekly"A lively series about Ava Lee, a sexy forensic financial investigator." - Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times"This book is miles from the ordinary. The main character, Ava Lee is 'the whole package.'" - Carole E. Barrowman, Minneapolis Star Tribune"A strong heroine is challenged to discover the details of an intercontinental art scheme. Although Hamilton's star Ava Lee (The Disciple of Las Vegas, 2013) is technically a forensic accountant, she's more badass private investigator than desk jockey." - Kirkus Reviews