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Ava Lee ebook: The Dragon Head of Hong Kong – Part IV

Ava Lee ebook: The Dragon Head of Hong Kong – Part IV

From the desk of Ian Hamilton

At the root of any business partnership is trust.

You don’t need friendship—in fact, that can get in the way of getting things done­—but partners have to believe that they are working towards the same end and that they have each other’s backs covered.

When trust erodes, the dissolution of the partnership isn’t far behind and no amount of legal paperwork, or complicated agreements, can really put it back together again.

The Chinese may not understand this better than anyone else, but in practice the emphasis they place on relationships is more important than legal mumbo jumbo. The question is always the same. Do I trust someone enough to become their partner? If the answer is no, then ultimately no amount of legal boiler plating will make things work. If yes, then you can almost skip the paperwork.

As simplistic as that seems, it forms part of Ava’s ethos. A verbal agreement and a handshake, or in the case of May Ling, a hug, are more binding than two hundred pages of legalese.


I hope you all enjoyed reading The Dragon Head of Hong Kong as much as I enjoyed writing it. It brought me great joy, and — although I didn’t think it was possible — it brought me even closer to Ava and Uncle.

The Two Sisters of Borneo is the next book in the series. It will be available in early February and I take great pride in it.

I would like to thank everyone who registered for the prequel. Now you have the complete novella. You can tell anyone who didn’t register that The Dragon Head will be available — at a modest cost — through Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and Sony Reader starting on December 17. For paper book fans, it will be printed in January as an add-on to the reprint of The Water Rat of Wanchai.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and an amazing 2014.

— Ian Hamilton