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The Disciple of Las Vegas by Ian Hamilton

The Disciple of Las Vegas

by Ian Hamilton

Series: Ava Lee (2)

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this was an okay read. i found i was hugely distracted by the product placements/mentions of brand names throughout. (i have to look back on book #1 in this series, i think i took issue with this then, too.)

ava lee is an interesting character with so much potential... but i just don't know if hamilton is pulling it off for me. the writing isn't terrific (sorry!!!) and i think that's what making me feel like there is a disservice to ava lee going on. i can see this working well as a TV series (CBC is apparently adapting it). lee is evolving so slowly though, in the books. between book one and book two, not much development has gone on with her character at all.

still, i do like ava lee, and moments of the book are fun. these books are easy, escapist reads - perfect for vacation reading, or if you are sick and want something not too taxing. i will try book #3, and i hope things develop and become a bit more interesting. books #1 and #2 were just so similar, so i am a little worried that, save for a few changes in characters and settings, each book is very much the same. ( )
  Booktrovert | Jan 28, 2016 |
Fast paced but a little gory/dirty.
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
This was my 3rd Ava Lee having read the combined Prequel & No. 1 anthology The Water Rat of Wanchai + The Dragon Head of Hong Kong first. There was absolutely no drop off in the intensity of this sophomore effort by writer Ian Hamilton. If anything, it is even more relentless and there is at least one scene not fit for the squeamish.

I'm going to run out of superlatives before I finish reading this series but I have to say here that there is no one like Ava Lee. The only characters that come close are Lee Child's Reacher and Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. To paraphrase another noir writer David Mamet: There is nothing that Ava Lee will not do to get you your money back. You can take that to the bank!

This case follows straight on from The Water Rat of Wanchai with Ava barely having a chance to catch her breathe in Toronto before she heads to the Philippines, Vancouver, Victoria, San Francisco, Las Vegas and London and the stakes are higher than ever when a Chinese Filipino billionaire's family thinks it has been swindled out of $50 million in a land deal. And that is just the first layer of the onion before Ava Lee starts peeling it back to discover even more criminal doings beneath the surface.

Highly recommended if you like quirky lead protagonists and strong narrative action thrillers that rarely pause for a break. ( )
  alanteder | Oct 3, 2014 |
The main character, Ava Lee, is definitely a bit of an anti-hero. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 5, 2014 |
This is a truly exciting thriller --it's one of those rare books that I'd like to read cover to cover in one sitting. Ava Lee is an intriguing action character, slightly cartoonish but that may go with the territory. Her brutality in the Las Vegas house scene shocked me especially because such extreme violence is usually reserved for the bad guys. It added depth to her character and established her as a tough as nails "debt collector". I was mildly annoyed by all the brand references (e.g. Starbucks coffee, Brooks Brothers shirts and so on) and others have commented on them too. Hopefully the author will cut back on them in the future. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Jul 16, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0887842526, Paperback)

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, Jeremy Ashton. Meanwhile, Jackie Leung, an old target of Uncle's and Ava's, has made it rich. He wants revenge, and he's going after Ava to get it.

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Ava and her uncle are hired by Tommy Ordonez, the wealthiest man in the Philippines, to recover $50 million in a land swindle.

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