This book takes us from Toronto, to the Philippines, to San Francisco, Vancouver and then spends most of its time in Las Vegas.
For some odd reason the author is obsessed with mentioning the Chanel purse, Cartier watch and Adidas track pants that the character wears; as well as the Starbucks VIA instant coffee she drinks and the bra and panties she must always be wearing or changing. I don't know why it's necessary to keep mentioning them, but there it is.
The rest of the story is really very good. I like that Ava Lee is smart, organized, able to look after herself, an accountant, Chinese and a lesbian. It makes her a very interesting character and offers up many chances for the tale to be nontraditional, both points very much a benefit in its telling.
As in the past, it doesn't take Ava long to figure out who stole the money and where it went -- but understanding the truth of why it was taken is not so clear; and her obligatory loyalty to her client may conflict with her sense of what's actually right. This time Ava finds that just being clever, resourceful and persuasive may not be enough to get the scoundrels to return the stolen/misappropriated money to the rightful owners: This contract will require some muscle.
An entertaining yarn and a quick read but not quite as enjoyable as "The Water Rat of Wanchai"
Though I enjoyed the fast paced-style of Hamilton's novels, the references to well-known or high-end brands sticks in my craw. It's like reading a sponsored novel. We GET that she's hip and wealthy, so enough already with the endless brand references. Not necessary and really irritating. These books haven't become films, yet.
Ava Lee is back and looking into the disappearance of $50 million from a Chinese-Phillipino business. To find the money, she delves into the world of on-line poker where she uncovers a huge fraud that can be traced to the highest levels of the British Government. Meanwhile, someone she once had to collect money from is out to get his own revenge by taking a contract out on Ava.
Author Ian Hamilton has created a tense second entry into his Ava Lee series. Ava is smart, strong and able to handle herself quite nicely, even when under attack by several men. Not afraid to use violence to get what she is after, Ava weaves her way through the worlds of power and money, then gets into the gutter with the best of them.
Such a good read. Read in one day!
I finished the first book and wanted the second immediately. In fact I was so keen to get reading it that I cancelled my hold at the library and bought the e-book. Now of course I can't wait to read the third. Very good series.
I actually find this 2nd book by I. Hamilton an improvement over the first. The plot is a bit more complex, and the villians better portrayed. The among of action and associated violence have gone up one notch, which makes it just right for a novel of this nature. I don't know where Mr. Hamilton got his knowledge on martial art but I find Ava's combative skill totally credible and well presented.
Some people are annoyed by the constant reference of brand-name products. Yes I find it distracting but fortunately it doesn't take much away from the plot and character development.
Definitely a good, casual read for fun.
I enjoyed this second book in the Ava Lee series even more than the first. The first one had a couple of slow sections, but this one seemed faster-paced and had some more unexpected twists and turns. It was a very good thriller and I shall definitely keep reading this series.
This is the second book in the series featuring Ava Lee, the Toronto-based, Chinese-Canadian, martial arts expert, forensic accountant. The first was the Water Rat of Wanchai. Here we have Ava and her partner Uncle working for the richest man in the Philippines, Tommy Ordonoz.
The action takes Ava from the Philippines to Vancouver, San Francisco, London, and, of course, Las Vegas. Besides tracking down the largest money prize she's ever gone after, more than $50 million, Ava is also being targeted by a previous victim and there is a price on her head.
With fast moving action, some decidely unpleasant men on both sides of the financial situation, and some new friends, this book will keep you reading right until the end. I didn't go to bed until I finished it.
Authors in the House: Join us for coffee as Ian Hamilton reads from his Ava Lee series on Sat March 24th, 2012, 2:00-3:00 pm @ the Strathcona County Library. Register online or call SCL for more information. Discover Ava Lee, Canada’s answer to Lisbeth Salander! Recovering from surgery after a life-threatening health scare, Ian Hamilton sat down at his computer and the captivating Ava Lee leaped into life
Ian Hamilton will read from The Disciple of Las Vegas and other books in his Ava Lee series at the Alta Vista Library, 2516 Alta Vista Dr on Sat Nov 5th, 2011, 2:00-3:00. Don't miss this chance to meet the author!
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