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The King of Shanghai (Paperback)
I can't say too much about the plot of The King of Shanghai by Ian Hamilton since I don't want to spoil anything that has happened in previous books. I will say that Ava Lee's new partnership with May Ling Wong is more successful than the financially cautious Ava Lee is comfortable with, but there are some thrilling prospects out there and she can't deny their worth. Still, she's ready to dive in and explore the options, when she's contacted by an old friend of Uncle's, a Triad leader named Wu.
Ava Lee wants nothing to do with the Triad, but she has to respect Uncle's connection so she agrees to the meeting. What happens there may change her entire world, if she can survive it. Suddenly financial risks seem like the least of her worries.
Ian Hamilton has built a series that has wonderful people and a resiliency that can survive the loss of a major player and continue on, keeping the same sensibilities and feel while completely upending the world he's created. Not all authors can pull that off, but in Ian Hamilton, we have a genuine talent, and his love of the people and places he's created shines through.
If you haven't read this series, if you thought the idea of a half-Chinese/half-Canadian financial accountant sounds boring, then let me encourage you strongly to rethink that idea and pick up The Water Rat of Wanchai and I promise you'll race through the series. It really is one of my favorites and I can't recommend Ava Lee highly enough!— Fran
Ava Lee is a young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant, specializing in recovering debts and stolen money for wealthy clients. At 115lbs., she hardly seems a threat, but her razor sharp intellect and resourcefulness allow her to succeed where traditional methods have failed.
In The King of Shanghai, Ava is mourning the death of her longtime business partner and mentor, Uncle Chow Tung. Looking to start fresh, Ava steps into a new business venture with her friend May Ling Wong and her sister-in-law Amanda. On a trip to China, Ava meets with a young man named Xu, who 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 . . .
About the Author
Ian Hamilton is the author of seven novels. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and been a finalist for a number of awards, including the Barry Award for Best Original Trade Paperback, the Barry Award for Best Thriller, a LAMBDA Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery, and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novella. The BBC named him one of the Top Ten Crime Writers to Read Now. A former journalist, businessman, and diplomat, Ian lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Lorraine.