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The Disciple of Las Vegas

An Ava Lee Novel

by Ian Hamilton

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women sleuths, crime
list price: $19.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Fiction
published: 2011
ISBN:9780887842528
imprint: Spiderline
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Ava and Uncle go deep inside the shady world of online gambling in the second installment of the pulse-pounding Ava Lee novels. 

Ava and Uncle are hired by Tommy Ordonez, the richest man in the Philippines, to recover $50 million lost in a land swindle. The Filipino billionaire’s reputation is on the line, and his family is on the brink of disaster. 

Ava tracks the missing funds from Canada to San Francisco to accounts in Costa Rica, and uncovers an illegal online gambling ring in Las Vegas. There, she confronts David “the Disciple” Douglas, one of the greatest poker players in the world, and his partner, Jeremy Ashton, a former banker with ties to a high-ranking U.K. cabinet minister. What starts out as a typical track-and-retrieve job turns into a political cat-and-mouse game. Meanwhile, Jackie Leung, an old target of Uncle’s and Ava’s, has made it rich. He wants revenge, and he’s going after Ava to get it…

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Contributor notes

IAN HAMILTON is the acclaimed author of fourteen novels in the Ava Lee series and three in the Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung series. His books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years who should be on your bookshelf. Bonnie Jack is his first stand-alone novel.

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Editorial Reviews

. . . simply irresistible . . .

— Globe and Mail

Hamilton makes each page crackle with the kind of energy that could easily jump to the movie screen... this riveting read will keep you up late at night.

— Penthouse

Ava Lee is chic, bright and an ace at deciphering complex financial crimes...swift and dangerous...a whole lot of action.

— Toronto Star

This is slick, fast-moving escapism reminiscent of Ian Fleming, with more to come in what shapes us a a high-energy, high concept series.

— Booklist

Lee is a hugely original creation, and Hamilton packs his adventure with interesting facts and plenty of action.

— Irish Independent

Ava Lee is one tough, smart woman ... she's a hit!

— Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Hamilton gives his reader plenty to think about ... entertaining ...

— Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Like The Water Rat of Wanchai, [Ian] Hamilton's second novel is a fast, reasonably captivating and thoroughly researched jaunt through one or two of the world's international financial underbellies and dubious characters.

— London Free Press
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About the Author

Ian Hamilton

IAN HAMILTON is the author of eighteen books, including fourteen novels in the Ava Lee series, three in the Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung series, and the standalone Bonnie Jack. His books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the past thirty years who should be on your bookshelf. The Ava Lee series is currently being adapted for television.

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