The seventh novel in the Ava Lee series finds Ava getting caught up in the election for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies.
Ava steps into her new business with May Ling Wong and her sister-in-law, Amanda. On a trip to Shanghai, Ava meets with Xu, a young man Uncle had been mentoring and who is also the head of the Triad in Shanghai. Xu makes an audacious business proposal that she and May are compelled to consider. Meanwhile, separately and privately, he confides to Ava that he intends to run for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies and attempts to recruit her as his adviser and confidante.
Against her will, Ava becomes enmeshed in Triad warfare and her future is threatened . . .
The brilliant, sexy, and formidably martial arts-trained forensic accountant Ava Lee is back in her seventh adventure (after The Two Sisters of Borneo). Ava s mentor and long-time partner (and retired Asian Triad chairman), Uncle, has died of cancer, and Ava s focus has now moved from a Hong Kong based collection agency to a quieter new venture capital business with her sister-in-law, Amanda, and their friend May. But, of course, just when she thought she was out of any Triad entanglements, they pull her back in. Shanghai s ambitious Triad leader, Xu, offers to bankroll the new Three Sisters firm s legitimate investment in a line of high-end fashions under the smooth guise of his obligations to the late Uncle. Unable to refuse Xu s offer, Ava soon becomes a reluctant player in a gang war over the Triad chairmanship election. Ever since his dazzling surprise debut with The Water Rat of Wanchai, Hamilton has propelled Ava along through the series with expanded storytelling and nuanced character development: there s always something new to discover about Ava. Fast-paced suspense, exotic locales, and a rich cast of characters (some, like Ava s driver, Sonny, are both dangerous and lovable) make for yet another hugely entertaining hit.