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Ava is unbeatable at just about everything.

Just wait for her to roll out her bak mei against the bad guys. -- Toronto Star

Ian Hamilton, author of the Ava Lee novels

Welcome to the official website for Ian Hamilton, author of the Ava Lee novels! We hope you enjoy learning more about the books and our feisty heroine Ava Lee. Be sure to check out the latest buzz, author events, and join us on Facebook.


Ava Lee available in Audiobooks in US

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Good news audiophiles! Ava Lee is now available in audio format in the US. Narrated by the talented Jennifer Ikeda, The Disciple of Las Vegas and The Wild Beasts of Wuhan can now be downloaded and enjoyed on your smartphone, tablet or computer. The audio was produced as a digital only title and is sold through various online retailers, including Audible, Barnes and NobleDownpour and iTunes.

Want to hear a snippet of the audiobook? Head over to Audible and click “Play Audio Sample”.


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
The Two Sisters of Borneo
2012 Winner of the Arthur Ellis award! Find out more

movie-slateStrada Films is looking to create a film franchise based on the Ian Hamilton book series.
“Bruce Westwood of Westwood Creative Artists has brokered a significant multi-feature film deal for the first four books of Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee series, published by House of Anansi Press’s Spiderline imprint.” - Quill and Quire

Karen Walton has been tapped by Strada Films to turn the Ava Lee crime novel series into possibly the next The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo book to screen adaptation.” - Hollywood Reporter

Crime Novels
The Disciple of Las Vegas
Picador
Pre-order online at
Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Indie Bound
The Wild Beasts of Wuhan
Picador
Pre-order online at
Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Indie Bound
The Red Pole of Macau
Pre-order online at
Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Indie Bound

Rato de Wanchai, O - Brazil
Rato de Wanchai, O
Brazil
Saraiva
Discípulo de Las Vegas, O - Brazil
Discípulo de Las Vegas, O
Brazil
Saraiva
L'Évadé de Wan Chai - France
L'Évadé de Wan Chai
France
10/18 (Univers Poche)
Die Wasserratte Von Wanchai - Germany
Die Wasserratte Von Wanchai
Germany
Kein & Aber
Der Jünger Von Las Vegas - Germany
Der Jünger Von Las Vegas
Germany
Kein & Aber
Die Wilden Bestien Von Wuhan - Germany
Die Wilden Bestien Von Wuhan
Germany
Kein & Aber
Dans van de Tijger - Netherlands
Dans van de Tijger
Netherlands
Uitgeverij Luitingh
Spel van de draak - Netherlands
Spel van de draak
Netherlands
Uitgeverij Luitingh
La tigresa de Wan Chai - Spain
La tigresa de Wan Chai
Spain
Umbriel Editores
The Deadly Touch of the Tigress - United Kingdom
The Deadly Touch of the Tigress
United Kingdom
Sphere (Little Brown)
The Disciple of Las Vegas - United Kingdom
The Disciple of Las Vegas
United Kingdom
Sphere (Little Brown)

About the Author

About the Author

It was a life-threatening health scare that prompted Ian Hamilton to write his first in the series of captivating Ava Lee novels. Just two days out of hospital and recovering from surgery, Ian sat down at his computer. The name ‘Ava Lee’ came to him and the first chapter was quickly written. A few short weeks later, the first Ava Lee novel was completed.

Ian is not a stranger to the literary world. He began his career as a journalist and wrote a non-fiction book in 1968, The Children’s Crusade, which was a Canadian Book-of-the-Month selection. He has written for several magazines and newspapers in Canada and the U.S., including Maclean’s, Boston Magazine, Saturday Night, the Regina Leader-Post, the Calgary Albertan, and the Calgary Herald. He has been a senior executive with the federal government, and has worked internationally as a diplomat and businessman. Although there are 40 years between books, Ian never lost his passion for writing.

The years he spent travelling the world on business, spending countless hours on planes and hotels, became important influences on his writing, providing personal insights into the world of business and into the many people, places and cultures Ava Lee encounters.

His inspiration for the Ava Lee series did not end when the first book was complete. About half way through writing the first book, an idea for the second book came to Ian and he built it into the plot of the first. He began writing the second book the day after the first book was finished. The same is true for the third and fourth books. Within eight months, all four books were complete. Ian secured a four-book deal from his publisher before the last two books were even read by the publisher. International rights have been sold into the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Germany and worldwide Spanish and French rights.

Ian is currently working on the continuation of the Ava Lee series and has already completed books 5 and 6.

Ian lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife Lorraine. He has four children and seven grandchildren.

Events

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2014 is already shaping into a very busy year. The Two Sisters of Borneo will be launched in February at the Indigo store in the Manulife Centre, and will be followed by a series of events around the province in Ottawa, Burlington, and other venues. A complete schedule will be released in mid January.

Readings have already been scheduled for the North York Public Library, the Taylor Memorial Library in Scarborough, and the Innisfill Library for the spring.

Be sure to check back here in the New Year for the latest Event updates.


Probus Club of Burlington

Time:
August 21, 2014 @ 10 a.m.

Location:
Art Gallery of Burlington


Author Speech

Time:
September 25th, 2014 @ 7 p.m.

Location
The Canadian Club of Halton Peel,
Oakville Conference Center


Kingston Writer’s Festival

Time:
September 26, 2014 @ 9 a.m.

Location:
Kingston Holiday Inn

It will be a reading and a question and answer


The Westport Reading Festival

Time:
October 4th, 2014 (time TBD)

Location
Westport, ON (venue TBD)


St. Albert Writer’s Festival

Time:
October 17th, 2014 @ 7 p.m.

Location
The St. Albert Public Library

I’ll be interviewed by a moderator, and then there will a general question and answer period.


Author Reading

Time:
October 19th, 2014 (time TBD)

Location
St. Albert, AB (venue TBD)


Vancouver International Author’s Festival

Time:
October 25th, 2014
I’ll be on two panels: 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Location
Vancouver, BC (venue TBD)


Reading and Q&A with fellow author Gail Bowen

Time:
October 30th, 2014 @ 7 p.m.

Location
Book Lore Bookstore, Orangeville, ON


MORE TO COME: KEEP CHECKING

2014 is already taking form. The publication of The Two Sisters of Borneo in February will be accompanied by various events across Canada.

About Ava Lee

About Ava Lee

Methodical. Resourceful. Courageous. Determined. Strong. Confident.

Ava Lee is a young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who specializes in recovering massive debts that aren’t likely to be recovered through traditional methods.

In the first book of the Ava Lee series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, her character takes shape through learning about her traditional Chinese upbringing, her family dynamic and the people that are most important to Ava.

Partnering with “Uncle”, who lives in Hong Kong , they have a diverse client base that is mainly Asian. They approach their business with the understanding that “organized corruption is always superior to corruption with no rules.” Since dealing with corruption is the heart of their business, they prefer to conduct their work in countries with organized corruption.

Independent, intelligent, and creative in her methods, Ava does whatever needs doing to get the job done. Ava’s motto is: “people always do the right thing for the wrong reason.” Her challenge is to always find that wrong reason. Even though she’s petite, it’s a serious mistake to underestimate her physical abilities. She is well trained in martial arts and uses her abilities to get her out of dangerous circumstances. She is also accustomed to working alone, to the point of obsession, which becomes interesting when she is forced to negotiate with powerful and unfamiliar alliances to get the job done.

Ava Lee Books

Ava Lee novels are available in Canada, the USA, Spain, Germany, UK, Brazil, Holland, France and Australia.

The Water Rat of Wanchai

Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel
A CBC Bookie Award: Mystery and Thriller, Finalist
A Quill & Quire Book of the Year
An Amazon.ca Editors’ Pick

In the first electrifying book of the series, Ian Hamilton introduces us to Ava Lee — the smartest, most stylish heroine in crime fiction since Lisbeth Salandar.

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…

Read an excerpt from The Water Rat of Wanchai

Now available soon in bookstores across Canada and as an ebook through Kobo, iBooks, eBooks and Kindle. Also available online:


The Disciple of Las Vegas

Ava Lee goes deep inside the shady world of online gambling in the second installment of the pulse-pounding series.

In The Disciple of Las Vegas, forensic accountant Ava Lee is hired by the richest man in the Philippines to recover $50 million from a Canadian land swindle. With the billionaire’s reputation on the line, she follows the money from Vancouver to Las Vegas, to the Costa Rican accounts of the Moneida, a First Nations band that owns The River, a poker web site.

After uncovering an illegal online gambling ring, she confronts one of the world poker greats, David “The Disciple” Douglas, and his partner, Jeremy Ashton. Meanwhile, Jackie Leung, an old target of Uncle’s and Ava’s, has made it rich. He wants revenge, and he’s going after Ava to get it.

Read an excerpt from The Disciple of Las Vegas

Now available soon in bookstores across Canada and as an ebook through Kobo, iBooks, eBooks and Kindle. Also available online:


The Wild Beasts of Wuhan

Ava is back, and she is tougher than ever as she uncovers the secret world of art fraud, in the third book in the wildly popular and bestselling Ava Lee Series.

In The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, Uncle and Ava are summoned by Wong Changxing, “The Emperor of Hubei” and one of the most powerful men in China, when he discovers that the Fauvist paintings he recently acquired are in fact forgeries.

Ava uncovers a ring of fraudulent art dealers and follows their twisted trail to Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Dublin, London, and New York. But the job is further complicated by Wong’s second wife, the cunning and seductive May Ling, who threatens to interfere in Ava’s investigation.

Will Ava find the perpetrators and get the Wongs’ money back? Or will May Ling get to them first…

Now available soon in bookstores across Canada and as an ebook through Kobo, iBooks, eBooks and Kindle. Also available online:


The Red Pole of Macau

The “cool and stylish heroine kicks it up a notch” (Terry Fallis, author of Best Laid Plans), in the gripping fourth installment of Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee Series.

In The Red Pole of Macau, Ava’s half-brother Michael is desperate to pull out of a multi-million-dollar real estate deal in the territory of Macau. The developers are threatening to halt construction unless Michael and his business partner put up another $80 million; the bank is looking for repayment on their loan; and her father is prepared to sell everything to protect his first-born son.

When Ava enlists Uncle for help, she discovers his health is failing and is forced to turn to a former client, the cunning and seductive May Ling Wong. As Ava follows the money trail, she finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into Hong Kong’s dark and deadly world of organized crime.

Will Ava protect her family’s future? Or will this job lead to a violent end…

Now available soon in bookstores across Canada and as an ebook through Kobo, iBooks, eBooks and Kindle. Also available online:


The Scottish Banker of Surabaya

Release date : February 2013

The fifth installment in the wildly popular Ava Lee series, The Scottish Banker of Surabaya exposes the dark world of money laundering and the Italian mob.

Ava begins an investigation into what she thinks is a Ponzi scheme. The trail leads her to a bank in Indonesia that is run by a Scot, but in actuality is a front for an elaborate money-laundering operation for Italian mobsters. The relationship between Ava and the Scotsman turns nasty and personal. Meanwhile, Uncle’s health problems become apparent…

Available soon in bookstores across Canada and as an ebook through Kobo, iBooks, eBooks and Kindle. Also available online for pre-order:


The Two Sisters of Borneo

Release date : February 2014

The sixth installment in the wildly popular Ava Lee series from Arthur Ellis Award winner, Ian Hamilton.

Ava has been in Hong Kong looking after Uncle. She has also set up an investment company with May Ling Wong and her sister-in-law, Amanda Yee. One of their first investments — a furniture company owned by two sisters in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo — runs into immediate problems with a Dutch customer. Ava goes to the Netherlands to investigate, but her life is threatened when she is confronted by a gang of local thugs in Borneo. Out of the shadows comes a mysterious man from Shanghai . . .

Now available soon in bookstores across Canada and as an ebook through Kobo, iBooks, eBooks and Kindle. Also available online:

Book Reviews

The Water Rat of Wanchai

“Ian Hamilton makes the global search for hidden money as thrilling as James Bond fleeing down a snowy slope on one ski. Ava Lee is tough, fearless, quirky, and resourceful, and she has more – well, you know – than half a dozen male detectives I can think of. Ian Hamilton knows his stuff, and he has created a true original in Ava Lee.”
– Linwood Barclay, author of No Time for Goodbye.

“This is a terrific story that’s certain to be on the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel list this year. Even better news is that the next three novels in the series are already written and ready to print. Ava Lee is going to be chasing the accounts for a long, long time.”
– Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

“Ian Hamilton has a gift for language . . . A note of warning: this book will make you crave dim sum.”
– Literary Treats Blog by Jaclyn.

“Ava is unbeatable at just about everything. Just wait for her to roll out her bak mei against the bad guys. She’s perfect. She’s fast.”
– Toronto Star

“In the age of Lisbeth Salander, it’s not hard to see why Hamilton’s jet-setting heroine is so appealing.”
– National Post

“The Water Rat of Wanchai has introduced me to an intelligent, feisty and impeccably polite woman who is sure to have my attention with each subsequent adventure in the Ava Lee series. [...] It is sure to become a beloved blockbuster.” – Janet from Reading for the Joy of It
“The Water Rat of Wanchai is a brisk, entertaining read. [...] The action is explosive . . . [Ava Lee] quickly captivates the reader. [...] [Ian] Hamilton leaves the reader wanting more . . .”
– Vicki from Bookgaga

“I absolutely could not put this book down. [...] I am anxiously awaiting the next two in the series.”
– Marci from Serendipitous Readings

 

The Water Rat of Wanchai

The Toronto Star
The National Post
London Free Press
Inside Halton
Hamilton Spectator
La Presse

 

The Disciple of Las Vegas

“One of my favorite new mystery series, perfect escapism…Ava Lee’s lethal knowledge…torques up her sex appeal to the approximate level of a female lead in a Quentin Tarantino film.”
– Sarah Weinman, The National Post

“Ava Lee is tough, fearless, quirky, and resourceful, and she has more—well, you know—than half a dozen male detectives I can think of.”
– Linwood Barclay, author of No Time for Goodbye

“Readers will discern in Ava undertones of Lisbeth Salandar…Irresistible.”
– The London Free Press

The Globe and Mail
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record
The Toronto Star
The London Free Press

 

The Wild Beasts of Wuhan

The National Post
The Toronto Star
The Globe and Mail
The Guelph Mercury
The Sudbury Star

 

The Red Pole of Macau

The Globe and Mail
The Hamilton Spectator
The Toronto Star
The Guelph Mercury

The Scottish Banker of Surabaya

“Hamilton deepens Ava’s character, and imbues her with greater mettle and emotional fire, to the extent that book five is his best, most memorable, to date.”
– Sarah Weinman, The National Post

“With their tight plotting and crackerjack heroine, Hamilton’s novels are the sort of crowd-pleasing, narrative-focused fiction we find all too rarely in this country.”
- Robert J. Wiersema, Quill and Quire

“This is definitely the darkest Ava Lee novel yet, one with some really strange twists. Hamilton, knows how to blend exotic places with explosive plots.”
– Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

“Hamilton knows how to keep the pages turning. He eases us into the seemingly tame world of white-collar crime, then raises the stakes, bringing the action to its peak with an intensity and violence that’s stomach-churning.”
– Lesley McAllister, NOW Magazine

The National Post
Quill and Quire
The Globe and Mail
NOW Magazine

 

 

Videos

In depth discussion about Ava Lee and Ian’s new novel series


Ian Hamilton reads from The Water Rat of Wanchai

Contact Ian

Book Clubs
Ian loves book clubs! Please contact him if you would like him to attend a GTA area book club to talk about The Water Rat of Wanchai, The Disciple of Las Vegas, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan , The Red Pole of Macau and The Scottish Banker Of Surabaya (all currently available in Canada) to discuss the characters and the writing and editing process. He can also give you a sneak peak reading from the sixth book in the Ava Lee series: The Two Sisters of Borneo which is due to hit the market in Canada in 2014. If you are outside the GTA, Ian would be happy to attend your book club by phone!

For Canadian publicity inquiries, please contact Laura Repas at House of Anansi Press.

All U.S. publicity inquiries should be directed to the Picador publicity department at 646-307-5632 or email publicity@picadorusa.com.


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