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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

GardenPlanner ,

Very nice read.

Devoured it in two sittings! Hamilton seems to think more about clothing than truly necessary but has good ear for dialogue. Really enjoyed it, going to seek out other books by him.

N8rdoc ,

Best 99 cents ever spent!

I got this book for 99 cents but would have happily paid 10 times that or more. This thriller follows forensic accountant Ava Lee around the globe as she tracks down cash stolen from a client. The plot is believable, the tension well written and the travel and cultural details are the icing on the cake. A great way to spend a weekend at the beach or a long flight!

Cubanistagirl ,


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

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