Ava Lee by Ian Hamilton
Ava Lee is the protagonist in a series of crime fiction novels by Canadian novelist Ian Hamilton. Ava Lee is a Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant. Her specialty is recovering and returning debts that are difficult to recover. She teams up with “Uncle” from Hong Kong, serving all sorts of different clients. Ava is independent, intelligent and uses her creativity in order to solve the problems brought to her. She is also small in stature, but is able to use her martial arts effectively if she ever gets into a physical altercation.

Ian Hamilton began his Ava Lee series in 2011 with the novel The Water Rat of Wanchai. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee books in order of when they were originally published (as well as in chronological order):

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.

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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Ava Lee Synopsis: The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton is the first book in the Ava Lee series. Ava Lee must track down $5 million owed by a seafood company, and must travel across continents to find it. In Guyana, she meets Captain Robbins, a large godfather who has the police, politicans and criminals all under his thumb. He can help Ava out, but he’ll require some of the $5 million as payment.

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