The Disciple of Las Vegas (Ava Lee, #2)
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The Disciple of Las Vegas (Ava Lee #2)

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Ava Lee goes deep inside the shady world of online gambling in the second installment of the pulse-pounding series.

In The Disciple of Las Vegas, forensic accountant Ava Lee is hired by the richest man in the Philippines to recover $50 million from a Canadian land swindle. With the billionaire’s reputation on the line, she follows the money from Vancouver to Las Vegas, to...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published July 17th 2011 by Anansi (first published 2011)
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Joey Comeau
The further adventures of the forensic panty accountant. The author still can't seem to restrain himself from mentioning "panties" every ten or fifteen pages, though he of course spices things up with a bra now and then. I'm pretty sure - though I am no expert - that it is possible to write a book about a competent and intelligent female character without talking constantly about her panties.

However, once you resign yourself to weird sexualization and the Starbucks VIA instant coffee obsession,...more
This is the second in the Ava Lee mystery series and Ava displays just as much skill at finding and recovering stolen money as she did in The Water Rat of Wanchai. We also get to know her a bit better and get a glimpse into her family and personal life. Although I really enjoyed this book, I found some of the violence that Ava condoned just a bit much and I do get tired of always being reminded that she likes Brooks Brothers button-down shirts and black Giordano t-shirts. Feels like product plac...more
Kathy Mcdonald
The Ava Lee books by Ian Hamilton are a fabulous read. I read the Water Rat of Wanchai and reviewed it previously, then quickly got hold of the second book, Disciple of Las Vegas and The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, the third book in the series. Book four is apparently coming out in the fall. Ian Hamilton has created a wonderful hero in Ava Lee: she's incredibly bright and beautiful, and takes us on trips to places we would likely never go. Ava is not intimidated by anything, being a master of a rather...more
Ava Lee plays hardball in this one set in Las Vegas, Vancouver, Manila, London, and San Francisco. Number two in the series and I had read and enjoyed number three. A common theme is the meddling, arrogant client. Last time it was a couple, now it's a Filipino Chinese billionaire. Ava finds that the billionaire's brother in Vancouver gambled over $50 million away in what was initially a land swindle. But there's more. He was gambling online and he was cheated. Not to complicate matters but there...more
Toughest accountant you'll ever meet.
Okay, so I love this series, but I must admit Ms. Lee shocked me with her ruthless intent on this one. She actually commanded a henchman to proceed with a gruesome threat she'd made to...a ruthless con man. That cool distance in her calculation had always made her seem scary and thrilling but when one actually witnesses her threat made real, it is far less appealing and far more lethal. Now that she has drawn blood, we find ourselves as readers firming up, standing back, calculating, cautious. N...more
I was liking the book somewhat until I got to the torture scene. Then I was tempted to stop reading. It's not that the men getting beaten up and tortured were such honorable men. They weren't, but let's face it- neither was Ava. She's inflicting pain on people to make money. Then she threatens a woman with the release of non-existent sex tapes if she doesn't sign the necessary papers and feels the need to tell her about the conversation she had with the woman's father and his cruel words in orde...more
Mar 26, 2013 Martina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my mystery group
Hooked me from the start. Terrific writing. I really liked the main character, but found the supporting characters to be individuals as well. The action moved across the world from Canada to Asia to Las Vegas and London, and action it certainly is. I read the book almost with fear, waiting for the shoe to drop. A really enjoyable read, a really compelling new series led by a fascinating main character. There's nothing like an excellent new series to make you carve out time to read. This is defin...more
Robin Spano
I loved The Disciple of Las Vegas for two reasons.

1. Could not put the book down - plotting and pacing were perfect.

2. Ava Lee is one of the most interesting heroines I've come across. She's supremely polite (read: Canadian) and if you're in a dark alley with her, she'd better be on your side (she's a skilled martial artist). I particularly love her abandonment dreams - subtle, in the background, and they flesh her out as a human.

Highly recommend.
Ian Hamilton is an author who I've read one other book The Deadly Touch Of The Tigress. This is part of the Ava Lee series.

Ava is a chinese accountant who recovers money that that been stolen.

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I finished in just over a day. It had great pace, the story was believable and I enjoyed the characters.

I would love to read more by Ian Hamilton - just wish that there are some on kindle. I know that they are on iTunes, but I don't live in a country that allows m...more
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LOVING Ian Hamilton and his protagonist Ava Lee - she's smart, capable, and does NOT need to be rescued. Waiting for the née book to come out! Highly recommended!
Kim Lo
The Disciple of Las Vegas, as a sequel is almost as strong as the first one. Exciting and intense page-turner. I was absorbed into the story, waiting to figure out what Ava Lee would do next in her investigation. Its impressive to see how the twists and turns of this story takes her through all these places and how she solves the issues. We see a bit more of her life every time. I just can't get past the need to use all the product placement and I can't help to wonder if its just to describe the...more
Brian Stoddart
This is a good start to an interesting idea for a crime series: a young Chinese-origin forensic accountant with a martial arts skill makes her living finding other people's money and retrieving it. She is based in Toronto, her elderly business partner is in Hong Kong, and this opening story takes her from Canada to Thailand to Guyana and the British Virgin Islands before she triumphs.

The plot is well-shaped, thelocale descriptions and insights are really good (not too many people can get Guyana...more
Neill Smith
When Ava Lee's uncle called her she knew they had a new job. A friend of Her uncle's from Wuchan had been bilked of $50 million in a land deal in Kelowna and their job was to find the perpetrator and recover the money for a third of the amount. The victim's company was based in Manila but the victimized official was a younger brother of her uncle's friend who operated out of Vancouver. Ava discovers that the land deal was far more nefarious involving illegal gambling and international money comp...more
I completed reading this book as the second installment for my forthcoming book club meeting which is reviewing both. This offering was preceded by "The Touch of the Tigress (Ava Lee, #1).
My review of Ava Lee #1, was somewhat critical of the character, in that the protagonist is particularly well endowed with both physical and intellectual/professional skills which whilst formidable are never really stretched by the antagonists that she deals with.
I think it is imperative that any hero/heroine,...more
The first in the Ava Lee series by Ian Hamilton. It's an easy read and enjoyable. The credentials of the heroine are established early on; Asian beauty, athleticism, elevated combative ability (not just martial arts: Bak Mei if you please!) and broad professional respect borne out of precocious ability.

Her first venture in this franchise, is to recover 5 million dollars from errant merchants that have ripped off a gullible financier in Hong Kong. Ava embarks on an international escapade which wh...more
Toni Osborne
Book 2, in the Eva Lee series

This second instalment is a treat, a financial mystery that is far more captivating and even better than the first. The protagonist is a forensic accountant, a feisty and sexy woman, an expert in martial arts that hunts down thieves that have defrauded her clients of millions of dollars. She has the reputation of going to any extreme to obtain favourable results and she does all of this with the help of her partner, a septuagenarian she respectfully calls “Uncle”.

Rebecca Martin
This is the second novel in this series (#3 will be out in June; there are five completed in the series it appears) and the first I've read, so I can't say much about the development of the protagonist, Ava Lee, over time. I'm intrigued enough to go back and read the first novel (Called The Water Rat of Wanchai when published outside the U.S. and changed to the smarmy The Deadly Touch of the Tigress for American consumption) and I'm likely to read the next one.

Ava Lee has real possibilities as a...more
Lee Goldberg
The publishers of Ian Hamilton's The Disciple of Las Vegas: An Ava Lee Novel are attempting to position the book as Canada's answer to Steig Larssen and, get this, Ian Fleming, which says a lot about Canadian thrillers...and none of it good. Imagine Jack Webb adapting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and that will give you a sense of how "thrilling" this book is.

Ava Lee is a Toronto forensic accountant hired to recoup $65 million pilfered by a Vancouver executive working for a beer company in Man...more
Gloria Feit
Many years ago, around the time of the dot-com boom, an idea occurred to me for a different type of protagonist: a security analyst who applied his/her talents to solving financial crimes. So it was with great anticipation that I approached this novel, in which Ava Lee, a forensic accountant, works to recover funds fraudulently stolen from her clients. After all, there isn’t too much difference between what an accountant and a security analyst does: Both study the books of companies and work wit...more
Sandi Burch
5 out of 5 stars for "The Disciple of Las Vegas" by Ian Hamilton

Fifty million dollars has disappeared into thin air from the accounts of one of the richest men in the Philippines, Tommy Ordonez. His one hope is Ava Lee—sleek, capable forensic accountant and sleuth. With the help of her Triad-connected partner, Uncle, Ava follows the money trail from San Francisco to Costa Rica to the casinos and illegal gambling dens of Las Vegas. Meanwhile, a vengeful adversary from Ava’s past has put out a con...more
Anne Moskoviz
I just finished reading The Disciple of Las Vegas and, for the most part, enjoyed it.

Ava Lee is a different kind of protagonist - one who could be fleshed out more, in my opinion. For example, we know how savvy she is when it comes to digging up financial dirt, but very little about her personal side, other than obvious statements as to her sexuality and intermittent nods to her athletic side. I, for one, was hoping for more insight into her martial arts training in bok mei, which is an obscure...more
Ava Li #1, Dans van de Tijger, vond ik ‘best leuk’ en heb ik met drie sterren gewaardeerd. Het was goed genoeg om mij te doen uitzien naar Ava Li #2, Spel van de Draak. Dat is onlangs verschenen en uit pure nieuwsgierigheid heb ik het meteen gelezen. En wat ik niet verwacht had, maar toch gebeurd is: gaandeweg ben ik gesteld geraakt op Ava Li.

Spel van de draak gaat in volle vaart: in kort tijdsbestek reist Ava Li van Toronto via Hongkong naar Manilla, San Francisco, Vancouver, Victoria, Las Vega...more
In The Disciple of Las Vegas, forensic accountant Ava Lee is hired by the richest man in the Philippines to recover $50 million from a Canadian land swindle. With the billionaire's reputation on the line, she follows the money from Vancouver to Las Vegas, to the Costa Rican accounts of the Moneida, a First Nations band that owns The River, a poker web site.
After uncovering an illegal online gambling ring, she confronts one of the world poker greats, David "The Disciple" Douglas, and his partner...more
Pete Jones
I saw this on the shelf at the library and it looked interesting—just proves you can’t tell a book by its cover. Even though it doesn’t take long to read, your time would probably be better doing something else; even sleeping. This is apparently part of a series about a lesbian forensic accountant of Chinese descent named Ava Lee. She doesn’t do much with her accounting skills in this story, so don’t worry about if you don’t know a debit from a credit. This might have been a short story if Ian H...more
They say that money is the new weapon and this series tracks down money, moving around the world like a travelogue. The character is fun and resourceful, if at times bending the edges of credibility. But a fun read. She is kind of an Asian/Canadian Lisbeth Salander, but with more social skills. In this book she follows the money to Las Vegas and resorts to some pretty aggressive violence to get back swindled cash that regular police could never get.
The series is entertaining and provides glimpse...more
Ava Lee is a forensic accountant who tracks and retrieves stolen money in partnership with an older Chinese businessman. The partners get a 30% fee, and have been highly successful. Ava is highly skilled, very polished, and comes equipped with some dangerous skills that back up her accounting, negotiating, and general social skills. These additional skills include a steely will, significant martial arts talents, and a couple of helpers from her firm who bring even tougher skills. (Prior to a neg...more
I really enjoyed this book. Ava Lee is like a modern lesbian Colombo. People underestimate her because she is so low key. That is the trap that trips them up! She is a surprisingly bad ass chick you would not want to meet in a dark ally.

The story is very well written and the characters engaging. The pace was dead on and the story never had a lull. I am now a fan of Ava and will have to go back and check out the first book in the series.

I love a good mystery and this one had plenty of intrigue.

Shonna Froebel
This is the second book in the series featuring Ava Lee, the Toronto-based, Chinese-Canadian, martial arts expert, forensic accountant. The first was the Water Rat of Wanchai. Here we have Ava and her partner Uncle working for the richest man in the Philippines, Tommy Ordonoz.
The action takes Ava from the Philippines to Vancouver, San Francisco, London, and, of course, Las Vegas. Besides tracking down the largest money prize she's ever gone after, more than $50 million, Ava is also being targete...more
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Ian Hamilton has been a journalist, a senior executive with the federal government, a diplomat, and a businessman with international links. He has written for several magazines and newspapers in Canada and the U.S., including Maclean's, Boston Magazine, Saturday Night, Regina Leader Post, Calgary Albertan, and the Calgary Herald. His nonfiction book, The Children's Crusade, was a Canadian Book of...more
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