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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Hamilton Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ava Lee Novels Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781427232830
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"One of my favorite new mystery series, perfect escapism."—Sarah Weinman, National Post

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 contract on her life, and the shadowy hit man is close at her heels every step of the way. Will Ava recover the stolen cash without stepping into the crosshairs of a growing list of enemies? The first book of an electrifying new series, Ian Hamilton's The Disciple of Las Vegas introduces Ava Lee: a deadly martial artist with a taste for luxury and a mind like a steel trap.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A fascinating story of a hunt for stolen millions. And the hunter, Ava Lee, is a compelling heroine: tough, smart, and resourceful. Meg Gardiner, author of The Nightmare Thief
  • Ian Hamilton really knows his stuff, offering intriguing insights into a secret world and a heroine as fascinating as she is fierce. A fantastic read, I can't wait for the next one. Simon Lewis, author of Bad Traffic
  • Hamilton has created a marvelous character in Ava Lee. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • Readers will discern in Ava undertones of Lisbeth Salander....Irresistible. The London Free Press
  • Slick, fast-moving escapism reminiscent of Ian Fleming. Booklist
  • High-end travel, cuisine, and product placement add glitz, while Ava's circle of mostly offstage friends and family lend enough personal depth to lift this thriller above solely action-oriented fare. Publishers Weekly

  • “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. It may also make you look twice from now on at any woman wearing pointy shoes. Rachel Kramer Bussel, Penthouse

  • Formidable...Ava Lee is unbeatable at just about everything....She's perfect. Toronto Star
  • Ian Hamilton makes the global search for hidden money as thrilling as James Bond fleeing down a snowy slope on one ski. Ava Lee is tough, fearless, quirky, and resourceful, and she has more---well, you know---than half a dozen male detectives I can think of. Ian Hamilton knows his stuff, and he has created a true original in Ava Lee. Linwood Barclay, author of No Time for Goodbye
  • A 2014 Barry Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/19/2014

    " 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 placement! Nevertheless, a fun read and I will definitely read more in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 2/17/2014

    " I wouldn't have thought a forensic accountant would hole my interest, but Ava Lee has lots of strings in her bow and the presence of the enigmatic "Uncle" and their courtly exchanges, are fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ardyth | 2/13/2014

    " I like Ava, but I think already (after two books), I'm finding it a little formulaic. Still they're fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoy Ian Hamilton's intelligent writing. This book was as well received as the Water Rat of Wanchai. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Jinnett | 2/9/2014

    " This is a real fun read. Ava Lee is a very hip martial arts expert forensic accountant - if you can imagine that. Well written, interesting adventure story. Perfect summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 2/9/2014

    " Similar plot and pacing as The Water Rat of Wanchai but still fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 1/30/2014

    " Good pace and suspense, tight writing which I liked, but wanted more emotional depth with the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/20/2014

    " A great read! Didn't want to put it down. I can see this made into a movie with Lucy Liu playing the main character. Can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/15/2014

    " This book is more exciting than the first, particularly with all the action packed in the middle. Like other readers, I found the bits where the author talks about Ava's clothes and Starbucks VIA obsession repetitive, but it's easy to overlook them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Mckay | 11/18/2013

    " Second book in a very enjoyable series. Ava Lee seriously kicks ass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 11/5/2013

    " An absolutely fantastic read. The protagonist, Ava Lee, does it once again - gets the money, kicks some ass, and balances good over evil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hella Comat | 10/23/2013

    " Action packed! This is the first of the Ava Lee, forensic accountant, books I've read. Ava is assigned to recover $50 000 000 that was won through cheating at online poker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/10/2013

    " Another very readable tale in this series. The on-line poker scam was intriguing as was the Phillipine strongman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene | 10/2/2013

    " Book 2 was incredibly gripping as the first!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck Erion | 9/28/2013

    " fast-paced, with spunky female lead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serendipitous | 8/30/2013

    " The 2nd installment of Ian Hamilton's Ava Lee Series doesn't disappoint in the least !! Just as addictive and engrossing as the first, one of the must reads for summer !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/27/2013

    " Even better than the Water Rat of Wunchai. A really good, entertaining book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/20/2013

    " This is the second Ava Lee book and the series continues to be great. Ava Lee is a forensic accountant and a martial arts expert. She travels from Manilla to Vegas to London in purely of $65 million dollars stolen in an on line poker site. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Harrison | 5/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed the story, but am getting tired of the product placements (Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee, Giordano Tshirts, etc.). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack G | 4/20/2013

    " More like a 3.5 stars .... he is maturing as a writer and Ava Lee is becoming more nuanced. His views on Cantonese / Canadian culture are made a seamless component of the narrative. The " bad guys " are nicely upended by a really smart , quirky accountant .... yikes !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dona Matthews | 2/15/2013

    " a very good read, and a writer whose future books i'm going to watch for and read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brant Janeway | 1/31/2013

    " I can't wait for the next Ava Lee novel. Forensic accountant with butt-kicking skills and friends in high places? She's got it all. She's like an Asian, lesbian, Canadian Jack Reacher and she's awesome. "

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About the Author

Ian Hamilton has had a range of careers over the span of his life, from journalist to diplomat, but it wasn’t until a health scare that he sat down to write his first novel. Ava Lee was the heroine that came to him, and so the series was born. His articles have been featured in Maclean’s and Saturday Night Magazine. He is the author of The Disciple of Las Vegas, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, The Red Pole of Macau, and The Water Rat of Wanchai. He lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Lorraine.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.