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Ava Lee is a petite young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who works for an elderly Hong Kong-based 'Uncle'. In tracking millions of dollars across continents the stakes are often high, sometimes violent and always shady, but Ava Lee's razor-sharp intelligence and unorthodox rules of engagement allow her to succeed where traditional methods have failed.This is a novel full of suspense, with an equally fascinating heroine.
This terrific book is the first in what will hopefully become a series which focuses on Ava Lee, a petite young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant, whose ferocious intelligence and tremendous skill at the deadly martial art of bak mei puts fear into the hearts of the unscrupulous and unwary. I was very taken by this different and unique thriller and by Ava Lee herself, who is reminiscent of Stieg Larsson’s terrific Lisbeth Salander, and I loved the look at contemporary Hong Kong: anyone who enjoyed Jane Gardam’s fabulous Old Filth will I’m sure be interested in the fast-paced and hectic island it has become. The plot is quite brilliant, and whether we spend our time in Hong Kong, Bangkok or Guyana, the sense of place is quite outstanding. With such a topical subject – I had never heard of forensic accounting, until a friend of a friend had to employ one in the middle of an acrimonious divorce – and such an original and feisty female lead, I’m certain this snappy novel by Canadian journalist/diplomat/business executive Ian Hamilton will be a huge success. Let there be many more!
What a fabulous and thrilling read this is! Not the usual crime novel by any stretch of the imagination; it’s a white collar crime with no dead bodies littering the landscape! Ava Lee, a Chinese Canadian forensic accountant, has been given the task of locating and retrieving $5 million in misappropriated funds. Like Lizabeth Salander of the Millennium trilogy, Ava is likeable, engaging and a terrific heroine, and she uses her tremendous intelligence and accounting brain to trace money that has been moved from one country to another. While loath to resort to violence, Ava is an expert in the use of bak mei (a particularly deadly form of martial arts) and if her adversaries believe she has links to the Chinese triads, she doesn’t go out of her way to deny it. From Canada to China and Bangkok, Guyana to the British Virgin Islands, globe-trotting Ava is worth keeping an eye out for in October. I hope this is the first of many Ava Lee books.