The King of Shanghai: The Triad Years by Ian HamiltonThe King of Shanghai: The Triad Years by Ian Hamilton

The King of Shanghai: The Triad Years

byIan Hamilton

Paperback | January 17, 2015

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The seventh novel in the Ava Lee series finds Ava getting caught up in the election for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies.

Ava steps into her new business with May Ling Wong and her sister-in-law, Amanda. On a trip to Shanghai, Ava meets with Xu, a young man Uncle had been mentoring and who is also the head of the Triad in Shanghai. Xu makes an audacious business proposal that she and May are compelled to consider. Meanwhile, separately and privately, he confides to Ava that he intends to run for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies and attempts to recruit her as his adviser and confidante.

Against her will, Ava becomes enmeshed in Triad warfare and her future is threatened . . .

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 King of Shanghai: The Triad YearsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.17 inPublished:January 17, 2015Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:177089246X

ISBN - 13:9781770892460

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay Takes to long to get to the main plot. Enjoyed the earlier books much involving Uncle and recovering funds much better.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Engaging characters provide an interesting look at Chinese culture overlying business adventures legal and not.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from love all the Ava Lee series but this latest one was rather difficult to follow at times. Too many characters and hard to remember who was who.
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! What an excellent new chapter in Ava Lee's life, just as gripping and suspenseful as the previous ones, if not more so! I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from King of shaiann This book was a little slow in the excitement department. Did not bring much plot to the reader,short on story line. About a 2star read
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ava Lee Ian Hamilton continues to provide a story and main character that makes it hard not to finish reading in one sitting
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives Up to High Expectations In The King of Shanghai, Ava Lee deftly applies her craft in culturally diverse strata of Chinese society. Author Ian Hamilton is superb in delivering multi-faceted events in descriptive style at a satisfying pace. The book is a welcome addition to the Ava Lee series and a harbinger of more good things to come.
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First rate read!!!! I am hooked on this series! The King of Shanghai is the newest book in this terrific series, and is the first instalment of Ava’s chronicle as she moves into “the Triad Years”. With Uncle’s passing, Ava has decided to leave the decidedly perilous business of unrecoverable debt collection and to focus on developing a business portfolio with her two partners, May Ling Wong and Amanda Yee (her sister-in-law). However, as presaged by the Two Sisters of Borneo, the predecessor book in the series, becoming an investor in promising businesses is not going to lead to the placid life that Ava was hoping for, particularly when she is reluctantly pulled into the complex and very dangerous world of the Chinese Triads. This book contains all of the compelling elements of its predecessors: a well told story replete with great characters, vivid descriptions of exotic locales, and loads of suspense, action and twists, all of which made it impossible to put the book down! I can hardly wait for the next instalment!!
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! A good friend of mine got me hooked on Ian's Ava Lee series and I am so glad she did! I had the pleasure of meeting Ian in November and he shared a few tidbits about what to expect in The King of Shanghai. I am so glad that Uncle is still 'alive' through Ava and Xu. Ian promised he was still a big part of Ava's life and he didn't disappoint. While Ava tries to move on after Uncle's death she is caught up in a brewing war within the Triads. I couldn't stop reading what would happen next! The skills Uncle taught Ava are needed again, as well as learning to balance her old life with her new one. The ending was a cliffhanger, and now I am anxiously awaiting Ava's next adventure in The Princeling of Nanjing. This book is not to be missed!
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling and Suspenseful! This exciting read gave insights into Chinese Triads and the rich culture of Shanghai, China. Ava aims to have a more "normal" life after Uncle's death, but worries that her new business role will be boring. There is no chance of that as she is quickly drawn into the middle of a dangerous war between triads, and once again needs to use both her martial arts expertise and her negotiating skills as she tries to survive. You won't want to put it down!
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! I love Ava Lee books and this one doesn't disappoint. In the King of Shanghai we find a more mature, business woman side of Ava, but she can still kick butt! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-12-29

Editorial Reviews

"an unputdownable book that I would highly recommend for all" - Words of Mystery"Ava would be a sure thing to whip everybody, Putin included, at the negotiating table." - Jack Batten, Toronto Star"a solid addition to the Ava Lee series.Ava is as powerful and brilliant as ever." - Literary Treats"This is Ava Lee back to her best." - Canmore book blog"After six novels starring Chinese-Canadian Ava Lee and her perilously thrilling exploits, best-selling Canadian author Ian Hamilton has jolted his creation out of what wasn't even yet a rut and hurled her abruptly into a new circumstance, with fresh ambitions." - Joan Barfoot, London Free Press"one of Ian Hamilton's best" - Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail"It's a measure of Hamilton's quality as a thriller writer that he compels your attention even before he starts ratcheting up the suspense." - Jamie Portman, Postmedia News Network"Ian Hamilton has done it again. This is another great chapter in the series with a thriller aspect that will keep you turning the pages." - Al Hawadeth