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After a string of high-profile jobs in journalism, the Canadian government and private business, Ian Hamilton returned to his Burlington, Ontario home from hospital where he had undergone surgery on an aortic aneurysm in June 2009 and decided, at age 63, he needed to do something else with his life. Six years later, he is the author of seven novels in the Ava Lee mystery series. He won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and his work has been named a Toronto Star Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year and a Quill & Quire Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year.

Ava Lee is not the usual detective character. She’s tiny, she’s a woman, she’s a lesbian and she’s a forensic accountant. In the seventh novel in the series, The King of Shanghai, the enigmatic “Uncle” has passed on and Ava is unquestionably front and centre in the web of triad power. 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 her business partner are compelled to consider. Against her will, Ava becomes enmeshed in Triad warfare that threatens to destroy everything she has worked for and maybe even her life.

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The Disciple of Las Vegas

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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 D...

The King of Shanghai

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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 ...

The Red Pole of Macau

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The "cool and stylish heroine kicks it up a notch" (Terry Fallis, author of Best Laid Plans), in the gripping fourth installment of Ian Hamilton's Ava Lee Se...

The Scottish Banker of Surabaya

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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 be...

The Two Sisters of Borneo

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The sixth installment in the wildly popular Ava Lee series from Arthur Ellis Award winner, Ian Hamilton. Ava has been in Hong Kong looking after Uncle. She has al...

The Wild Beasts of Wuhan

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An iTunes Store Best Book Ava is back, and she is tougher than ever as she uncovers the secret world of art fraud, in the third book ...

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