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The King of Shanghai

An Ava Lee Novel: Book 7

by (author) Ian Hamilton

House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Jan 2015
Women Sleuths, Crime, Crime
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    Jan 2015
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    Jan 2015
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The seventh novel in the Ava Lee series finds Ava caught up in the election for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies.

It’s been three months since Uncle’s passing, and Ava is finally ready to begin her new life as a partner with May Ling Wong and her sister-in-law Amanda in their Three Sisters venture capital firm. Ava travels to Shanghai to hear a pitch on a new investment possibility: the creation of a fashion line by Clark and Gillian Po. She also meets with the mysterious Xu, a young man Uncle had been mentoring and who is the head of the triad in Shanghai. Xu makes an audacious business proposal that she and May Ling 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.

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 in the Ava Lee series: The Dragon Head of Hong Kong: The Ava Lee Prequel, The Water Rat of Wanchai, The Disciple of Las Vegas, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, The Red Pole of Macau, The Scottish Banker of Surabaya, and The Two Sisters of Borneo. The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, an Top 100 Book of the Year, an Top 100 Editors’ Pick, an Canadian Pick, an 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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Editorial Reviews

an unputdownable book that I would highly recommend for all

Words of Mystery

one of Ian Hamilton’s best

Globe and Mail

Ava would be a sure thing to whip everybody, Putin included, at the negotiating table.

Toronto Star

After six novels starring Chinese-Canadian Ava Lee and her perilously thrilling exploits, best-selling Canadian author Ian Hamilton has jolted his creation out of what wasn’t even yet a rut and hurled her abruptly into a new circumstance, with fresh ambitions.

London Free Press

Ian Hamilton has done it again. This is another great chapter in the series with a thriller aspect that will keep you turning the pages.

Al Hawadeth

It's a measure of Hamilton's quality as a thriller writer that he compels your attention even before he starts ratcheting up the suspense.

Postmedia News Network

a solid addition to the Ava Lee series…Ava is as powerful and brilliant as ever.

Literary Treats

This is Ava Lee back to her best.

Canmore book blog

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