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Publisher Description

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…

Mysteries & Thrillers
February 19
House of Anansi Press Inc
House of Anansi Inc

Customer Reviews

Cubanistagirl ,


Awesome to discover a new author. Well done and already looking forward to Ava's next adventure!

Winston Ivy ,

Good read...

Read it in one day. Good story, good characters. However, not a big fan of the multiple and repeating product placements.

Oopik007 ,

Great story, great characters, great start

I got this book as a featured free download, but would gladly have paid for it and have purchased the next book in the series. It's refreshing to have a heroine like Ava, who is smart, Asian Canadian, sexy and can take care of herself in a fight! The story is interesting, well paced. Characters are well formed. One nit: the repeated references to brand names throughout (and the description of one character looking like a certain real life actor) - distracting took away from the story. Overall, this is a great debut for this series and I am looking forward to more installments!

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