The Water Rat of Wanchai + The Dragon Head of Hong Kong by Ian Hamilton

The Water Rat of Wanchai + The Dragon Head of Hong Kong

byIan Hamilton

Kobo ebook | January 18, 2014

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Get the very first book in the wildly popular Ava Lee series, which includes the prequel — The Dragon Head of Hong Kong

In the first electrifying book of the series, Ian Hamilton introduces us to Ava Lee — the smartest, most stylish heroine in crime fiction since Lisbeth Salandar. Ava Lee is a young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who works for an elderly Hong Kong–based “Uncle,” who may or may not have ties to the Triads. At 115 lbs., she hardly seems a threat. But her razor sharp intellect and resourcefulness allows her to succeed where traditional methods have failed.

In The Water Rat of Wanchai, Ava travels across continents to track $5 million owed by a seafood company. But it’s in Guyana where she meets her match: Captain Robbins, a huge hulk of a man and godfather-like figure who controls the police, politicians, and criminals alike. In exchange for his help, he decides he wants a piece of Ava’s $5 million action and will do whatever it takes to get his fair share . . .

Featuring the Prequel: The Dragon Head of Hong Kong:
Young Ava Lee is a forensic accounting who has just opened her own private firm. One of her clients, Hedrick Lo, has been swindled of more than a million dollars by a Chinese importer named Johnny Kung. Desperate, Lo persuades Ava to find and retrieve the monies owed. Ava goes to Hong Kong, where she plunges into the dangerous underground collection business and meets a man who will forever change her life . . .

Title:The Water Rat of Wanchai + The Dragon Head of Hong KongFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 18, 2014Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770898123

ISBN - 13:9781770898127

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An entertaining book by a Canadian author, albeit rather disjointed :( The book was an interesting read. However, there was a serious disconnect between the prequel and the main story. It was a bis disconcerting, I must admit. Also, who cares about Ava's sexual orientation, the mention of her being homosexual in the prequel was an unneeded detail, as it had no bearing on the story.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!! Not really a mystery - more like a legal thriller minus the legal and insert accounting - and I find it mind boggling that accounting could be so thrilling! Ava Lee is a fantastic character and I wish I could be as tough as her little finger. I also loved her cool under extreme circumstances. She's like the James Bond of the accounting world only cooler. Great read all around! I will definitely read more of Ava Lee's adventures.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Entertaining !! Our heroine, Ava Lee, is a gay Chinese (Hong Kong) Canadian living in Toronto with tastes ranging from instant coffee to five star hotels, jewellery, and clothes. She is also a skilled forensic accountant, detective, and martial arts practitioner who wends her way in and out of several precarious situations. Her employer, a mysterious and influential Hong Kong personage known as Uncle, assigns her to trace and retrieve $5 million for a Hong Kong businessman who advanced said sum to a seafood company, only to have the money and the company's owner go missing. Fortunately, Ava Lee is nothing if not resourceful and efficient. In short order, and with some sleuthing in Hong Kong and Bangkok, she traces the company's owner to Georgetown, Guyana and the money to his bank account in the British Virgin Islands; then spends the bulk of the novel scheming to return the $5 million to its rightful owner. Interesting characters come and go. Some are tainted by corruption, but helpful to Ava Lee, while others are just plain corrupt, but nevertheless pivotal to enhancement and complexity of plot. Her nemesis and possible ally of convenience is Captain Robbins, an avaricious Guyana power broker who controls that country's police, military and government and extracts a stiff price for services rendered. In summing up, this initial Ava Lee novel is highly entertaining with interesting characters, supplemented by such fascinating locales as Hong Kong, Bangkok, the British Virgin Islands, and not so exotic Guyana. One looks forward to reading subsequent Ava Lee novels, preferably in chronological order, with hopes that they will be equally enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy reading I had not read this author before and found his writing easy and enjoyable. The heroine is from Toronto which makes it interesting. Story line is different and takes place in far away places (I would love to visit). Different culture, Just a fun read.
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay But felt it was unrealistic.
Date published: 2014-10-12