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The Deadly Touch Of The Tigress: 1

(Ava Lee #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,317 ratings  ·  353 reviews
Ava Lee is a petite young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who works for an elderly Hong Kong-based 'Uncle'. In tracking millions of dollars across continents the stakes are often high, sometimes violent and always shady, but Ava Lee's razor-sharp intelligence and unorthodox rules of engagement allow her to succeed where traditional methods have failed.

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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 6th 2011 by Sphere (first published 2011)
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Michelle You learn the most about Guayana and a bit about Hong Kong, Thailand. It's a really easy read and quick. …moreYou learn the most about Guayana and a bit about Hong Kong, Thailand. It's a really easy read and quick. (less)
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LGBT, auditors, accountants, forensics, investigators, China lovers.
Recommended to ☘Misericordia☘ by: My incredible luck finding this series & author!
Dd 5/01/2017. Loved the book. Decided to give the rest of the series a try. And I loved it all!
I was even ready to forgive my favourite Ava her instant coffee/shirts/pumps of specific firms penchant.
I definitely will follow it up and do rereads! And if I manage (at some point!) to get my hands on any translations to my other favourite languages, I will be a one deliriously happy camper!
Dd 25/09/2017. Actually, the book (and the series altogether) is freakishly memorable.
God, I even started lovi
Joey Comeau
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, here's the thing. This book is fun, but you have to be willing to ignore a couple annoying quirks. The first, which others have mentioned, is the fact that every single time the main character drinks any coffee, it is STARBUCKS VIA brand instant coffee.

The second annoying quirk is the word panties. I find it very hard to believe that A) the main character would refer to her underwear as panties, and B) that it was really necessary to mention said 'panties' quite so often. There were times w
Yahoo! I've discovered Ian Hamilton, writer of the Ava Lee mystery series, and wondered how on earth I've been in the dark for so long! (It won an Arthur Ellis First Novel Award, too!)

The Water Rat of Wanchai is the first in a series featuring the whip-smart Canadian Chinese forensic accountant, Ava Lee, who undertakes a case to return swindled funds. Her partner, "Uncle", in Hong Kong, has a personal relationship with the family which puts even more pressure on Ava as she follows the money, fro
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Ava Lee is an unlikely hero: a clever, female, Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant, adept at martial arts. Basically, she is a large dollar debt collector and works with her "uncle" in Hong Kong.

In this first book in a series, she is seeking to recover $5 million stolen from a Chinese family that financed a seafood supplier. Her travels and job take her to many dangerous spots, providing a setting for her formidable negotiating and fighting skills. She also generates leads by masquerading as va
Lisa Lemons
Thankfully, the US Edition doesn’t have any of the Starbucks VIA branding other reviewers have mentioned.

Anyway, I’m feeling rather complicated about this book. On the one hand, this book took me places I’ve never been before. Bangkok, Hong-Kong, Guyana, and even the British Virgin Islands. Those places’ cultures were described vividly and respectfully.

On the other hand, I had to have Google’s street view up throughout my read just to get an idea of what these places looked like. The descripti
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well. Ian Hamilton makes forensic accounting possibly the most dangerous profession going. After spending a couple of days with this first in a series starring Ava Lee, damsel extraordinaire, I’d have to say he has a winner concept and style that is sure to keep readers interested.

Ava Lee, Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant and entrepreneur, recovers stolen funds. The story is told with details that make the theft, and the countries she visits if not entirely plausible, certainly an entertain
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
The main character is a young, cosmopolitan Canadian born Chinese woman. She's skilled in the martial arts (of course!) and lives by her wits. These basics project a comic-book vibe. Hamilton, however, has made Ava Lee a well-connected forensic accountant whose business partner, a shadowy figure she calls “Uncle,” can supply muscle if necessary. Part of Ava's appeal is that she prefers the subtlety of leveraging the thief's own self-interest against him, rather than relying on force. Although Av ...more
Carolyn Walsh
I know very little about the world of banking and high finance and found the book boring, but only in the beginning. As the plot got underway I found it difficult to put down.
The lead character, Ava, is a beautiful, Chinese-Canadian woman who works as a forensic accountant. I don't know if this is an actual job in the real world. Her specialty is recovering huge debts owed to people who were cheated in business. She lives in Toronto and her work includes a great deal of travel. Her partner is a
2.5/5 stars.
... they didn't just get people's money back, they got them their lives back."

This is not a common "black novel". Ava's job consists in getting back money that has been stolen. The plot is not bad, but too long and in some parts, boring. Where is the action?
I have liked Ava, the main character, and the descriptions about cities in other countries (Ian Hamilton explains some curiosities about Canada, China, India and Guyana).

I feel bad if I decided not to continue with a saga after o
I started to read this book because I couldn’t recall ever having read a crime series that had a forensic accountant as the main protagonist, and a female one at that.

This character just grated on my nerves from the very first, and I’m not sure if it was the intention of the Author to make her dislikeable or was just the way things turned out in the end. She is rich, as we are constantly reminded whenever possible, only likes the best of everything and was an avid coffee drinker, like all the ot
Left Coast Justin
Ouch. This is bad. I'm not sure how people get past the flagrant racism and brand-name pumping that litter this book.

Sketchy ethics? Taking her client at his word, our heroine kidnaps the alleged swindler (and his girlfriend, and his bodyguard, both of whom are presumably blameless) and subjects them to what might be generously termed a lack of civil liberties. Then she accesses the bad guy's bank account and recovers the disputed sum. Fine, but she decides to help herself to the rest of his sa
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in the series and Ava is on the go as usual but in this one she overextends herself. The resourceful Ava finds a scamming duo and it looks like everything is going to plan when a greedy "warlord" puts Ava in her place- but just temporarily. We visit Hong Kong, Thailand, Guyana, and the British Virgin Islands. Hamilton paints Guyana as almost Somalia-like. Waiting for the Guyanese government to tag him on their watch list after his depiction of their country. You don't mess with ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said, 2011

Who would think that a story about forensic accounting could be so exciting? Welcome to the world of Ava Lee, a young Canadian-Chinese accountant extraordinaire. In pursuit of five million in misappropriated funds Ava will take you on a heart pumping, journey fom Toronto to Seattle. From Hong Kong to Bangkok the tension builds until Ava finds herself in Guyana and destined for the British Virgin Islands. As an accountant who is five foot three and 115 pounds soaking wet, Ava still lays claim to
Blair Conrad
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, bought, used
First, let me tell you the most important piece of news. At least I assume the author feels this way. There's a kind of instant coffee packet that Starbucks sells, and it's called VIA.
The product's name is dropped so many times during the book, the cover might as well have had a "sponsored by" banner plastered across it.

Carrying on. The book was easy to read, and not too long (unless one considers the ratio of pages to content). The language was flat and uninteresting. Ava's a superwoman - beaut
Smart, resourceful, independent and elegant - Ava Lee is a heroine for our times. Oh, and did I mention kick-ass?

Set some years after the prequel (but published well before), I really appreciated some of the little details connecting Ava to her backstory, such as her wearing her antique ivory chignon pin to set off her business attire.

But that aside, this is a new case for Ava and Uncle - one that sees our bak-mei practising forensic accountant travelling from Canada, to Hong Kong, to Thailand,
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the first four Ava Lee before burning out on the world Hamilton presents. Corruption among worldwide elite ... some interesting settings and crimes but unbelievable characters.
Perhaps 3.53 average score for series first few
For a light, easy and entertaining read, you can't beat an Ava Lee fix. This is the second Ian Hamilton book I've read - the other was #4 - this is #1 in the series. Enjoyed this one more - Ava Lee is a kick! She's a forensic accountant, a bak mei whiz and smart as a whip - the combination is decidedly lethal. Her business - research money trails for desperate clients and recover millions of dollars from deals gone sideways - generally involves taking on and outwitting the bad guys mentally and ...more
Robert Intriago
Wonderful protagonist. She is so interesting that I am looking foward to reading the next book. So you wonder why did I only give it three stars? For two reasons. First, I understand that the author has to set up a new protagonist and give it background. That does not mean you need 180 pages, which reads mainly like a travel log and a food review, to introduce the main character. Second, I found the story very predictable. The good parts and most of the action were reserved for the end of the bo ...more
Judith E
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Ava Lee, forensic accountant, easily weaves her way through the world of international banking and corporations to recover large sums of stolen money. She also practices bak wei, meticulously plans her revovery scheme and has a large network of support that has been arranged by her Uncle. An interesting tale and the first of three in a series.
She felt her first flush of irritation. “I really don’t want to hurt you, or the woman upstairs,” she said, increasing the pressure on the knife tip.

“The password for the computer is ‘waterrat,’” he said in a rush.

“Your zodiac sign?” she asked.

Alan Teder
The Deadly Touch of Ava Lee
Review of the Sphere paperback edition (2011), equivalent to the House of Anansi Spiderline edition (2011)
Ava said, “There is a French saying that applies to my situation: 'Be careful of that animal - it is very vicious. When you attack it, it defends itself.’"* - pg. 388-389 The Deadly Touch of the Tigress

The Deadly Touch of the Tigress is actually the same book as The Water Rat of Wanchai, as for some reason the U.K. publisher Sphere is retitling all of the Ava Lee b
Eric Wright
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle
An entertaining and enlightening read, appreciated after a couple of Christmas holiday duds. Through his character, Ava--a forensic accountant cum investigator cum marital arts expert, Hamilton takes us into the thoughts and culture of the Chinese. His insights into this culture caught me by surprise, including so many details and facts that were new to me.

Ava, through joining up with an older man, 'her erstwhile uncle,' runs a business tasked with recovering stolen and misappropriated funds. To
Shonna Froebel
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
This mystery is the first in a new series featuring Ava Lee. Ava is a forensic accountant. She was born in Hong Kong, but grew up in Canada and lives in Toronto. Her work involves tracking down money that has gone missing. Her partner is Uncle Chow, an older man based in Hong Kong that she worked with early in her career and subsequently teamed up with. Ava is a small woman, but highly trained in martial arts, a skill that sometimes comes in handy in her work when traditional methods fail.
In thi
Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf
In a sea of 5-stars I come in rating it as 3. I read this book because of my book club. Not sure I would have really gravitated towards it otherwise. Part mission impossible, part 007 the narrative is fast-paced but the main character is just impossible to relate to. She’s almost a superhero. I knew I couldn’t stand her when I secretly kept wishing someone was going to kill her. But, no! Of course she doesn’t die and she goes on to win the trophy at the end. I’m not sure what the author’s proble ...more
Kathy Mcdonald
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard Ian Hamilton speak at a Harbourfront Author's series event and was intrigued by his description of his heroine Ava Lee and the series. There are three books in the series so far and I've now read them all and highly recommend them. Ava Lee is an accountant by profession, but the way she earns her (very impressive) living stretches the boundaries of what we would understand accountants to do! Hamilton combines a fascinating mystery about finding missing assets with incredible travels arou ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* Who knew forensic accounting can be so exciting? Absolutely love the main character, Ava Lee, and her kick-ass get it done attitude. She works to recover money stolen from firms around the world. She lives in Toronto while her partner, Uncle, is based in Hong Kong. This book sees her going to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Guyana, and British Virgin Islands.
Pleasantly surprised that Ava is gay. It doesn't really factor in how she does the work. I like that it's just mentioned, sort of in passing, to
G.B. Gordon
The writing is not inspired, but serviceable (Russell Lynes had a point); the plot's compelling enough, though. I enjoy travelogues, so those parts didn't bother me (if you don't, you might find them dragging).
The MC is ... unfortunate, to say the least. A classic plot vehicle: cardboard-flat, mary-sueish, and brand-obsessed. But here also, aggravatingly, what a white, straight man imagines a Chinese, queer woman to be like. I can get over the former and enjoy a good Bond knock-off any time. The
Review and rating to come. Gritty, thrilling, addictive and ultimately exhausting (but I think in a good way). But I'll tell you one thing, I need me some light fantasy after reading all of these contemporaries; I'm not used to all this "real world" and "regular humans" stuff in my reading... ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 starts - I quite liked this book, it was a little dry at times but all in all it was a good quick read with likeable characters. I’ll keep going in the series as I think they are a good palate cleanser between books with heavier material. 🤓
Marci -
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian-books
Who knew forensic accounting would be so action packed, exotic locations around the world, as well as a woman spearheading it all. I cannot wait until book 2 is released in the series !
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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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