The Water Rat of Wanchai

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House of Anansi, Jan 1, 2011 - Fiction - 412 pages
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Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and named a Quill and Quire Book of the Year and Amazon.ca Editors' Pick

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 razorsharp 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...

In the first of the series, Ian Hamilton introduces the reader to one of crime fiction's most unique and compelling heroines, and uncovers the dark machinations of the global shadow economy.

  

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The Water Rat of Wanchai: An Ava Lee Novel

User Review  - Teresa L. Jacobsen - Book Verdict

Chinese Canadian Ava Lee, forensic accountant, chafes at being office bound. She and her business partner, "Uncle," instead find Mission Impossible-style assignments. They rescue business owners who ... Read full review

Review: The Water Rat of Wanchai + The Dragon Head of Hong Kong (Ava Lee 0.5+1)

User Review  - Calvin Daniels - Goodreads

The Water Rat was solid, although when read with the short Dragon Head, it becomes a 550 pager which is a bit much for a mystery-style book high on detail, low on action. Even by itself Water Rat is ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Ian Hamilton is the author of The Water Rat of Wanchai, The Disciple of Las Vegas, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, and The Red Pole of Macau, the first four Ava Lee novels. The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and a finalist for the CBC Bookie Awards (Mystery and Thriller), and was an Amazon.ca Top 100 Book of the Year, an Amazon.ca Top 100 EditorsÕ Pick, an Amazon.ca Canadian Pick, an Amazon.ca Mysteries and Thrillers Pick, a Toronto Star Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year, and a Quill & Quire Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year.

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