The Red Pole of Macau

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 . . .
Short-listed for The Barry Award for Best Mystery Thriller
Short-listed for The Lambda Award for Best Mystery Thriller
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Book Reviews

Praise for The Red Pole of Macau

"Ava Lee returns as one of crime fiction’s most intriguing characters. The Red Pole of Macau is the best page-turner of the season from the hottest writer in the business!"
-John Lawrence Reynolds, author of The Man Who Murdered God
"Ian Hamilton's cool and stylish heroine kicks it up a notch in this action-packed thrill ride. Crackling with suspense, intrigue, and danger, your fingers will be smoking from turning these pages. Don't ever, ever, mess with Ava Lee. She's not your average accountant."
- Terry Fallis, author of One Brother Shy
"Ava Lee, that wily, wonderful hunter of nasty business brutes, is back in her best adventure ever ... if you haven’t yet discovered Ava Lee, start here."
- Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail
"Ava [Lee] is a character we all could use at one time or another. Failing that, we follow her in her best adventure yet."
- Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator
"The best in the series so far."
- London Free Press