Ian Hamilton is the author of both the Ava Lee series and the Uncle Chow Tung series. With the publication of The Diamond Queen of Singapore in 2020, there will be 14 Ava Lee books in print, and with the publication of Fortune in 2020, three books in the Uncle series. All of the books are available in electronic form in a multiple of platforms, and many of them have now also been converted into audio format.
The books have been published in seven languages and in more than twenty countries. Books from both series have made multiple best-seller lists, have won and/or been short-listed for various awards including the Arthur Ellis, the Barry, and the Lambda, and chosen as books of the year by Amazon and numerous publications.
BBC Culture recently chose Ian as one of the ten mystery/thriller writers from the last thirty years you should have on your bookshelf.
All of the Ava Lee and Uncle books have been optioned for film and television. The first Ava Lee book, the Water Rat of Wanchai, is in pre-production.
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.