Ian Hamilton
Ian Hamilton is a Canadian author of crime fiction novels. He writes the Ava Lee series. Prior to becoming a novelist, Ian worked as a journalist, writing for such publications as Maclean’s, Boston Magazine, Saturday Night, the Regina Leader-Post, the Calgary Albertan and the Calgary Herald. He has also worked as a senior executive within the Canadian government and abroad as a diplomat and businessman. It wasn’t until after a health scare where his life was threatened that Ian would begin to create the Ava Lee character, using the time he spent travelling on business as inspiration for some of the people and locations in the series. Ian lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife Lorraine.

Ian Hamilton became a published author in 1968 with the non-fiction book The Children’s Crusade. It would be his only book for over 40 years. His second book would not be until 2011, which was the novel The Water Rat of Wanchai. Below is a list of Ian Hamilton’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Ava Lee Books


The Water Rat of Wanchai(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Disciple of Las Vegas(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wild Beasts of Wuhan(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Red Pole of Macau(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Scottish Banker of Surabaya(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dragon Head of Hong Kong(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Two Sisters of Borneo(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The King of Shanghai(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Princeling of Nanjing(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Ava Lee Books

The Dragon Head of Hong Kong is a prequel story to the Ava Lee series. It is currently only available in some editions of The Water Rat of Wanchai or on Amazon.ca.

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


The Children's Crusade(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Water Rat of Wanchai was published in the UK as The Deadly Touch Of The Tigress. Disciple of Las Vegas was also titled The Fiery Gaze of the Tigress.

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Ian Hamilton Synopsis: The Dragon Head of Hong Kong by Ian Hamilton is a prequel to the Ava Lee series. Ava Lee is a young forensic accountant and has only recently opened her own private firm. One of her clients, Hedrick Lo, has had over a million dollars swindled by Chinese importer Johnny Kung. Lo is desperate, so he convinces Ava to track down and return the stolen money. Ava heads to Hong Kong, where she finds herself around the dangerous underground collection business and meets someone who will change her life forever…

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  • Peter Hesketh

    The Princeling of Nanjing (the Triad Years) was published last month.