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The Red Pole of Macau by Ian Hamilton

The Red Pole of Macau

by Ian Hamilton

Series: Ava Lee (4)

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This was a wonderful escapist thrill read! I so enjoy the intelligent competent Ava Lee who gives an exciting twist to being a forensic accountant. Her job is to recover missing money and valuable possessions in touchy delicate situations often with unsavory persons. In this book, she takes on an assignment that is personal and while Ava is razor-sharp as always, she needs to delicately balance her family dynamics against what is necessary to save her half-brother’s business and his partners life. This storyline allow us to see a more vulnerable Ava and she learns some valuable business lessons. This story unfolds in Hong Kong and Macau, the landscape, culture, business protocols and of course the food reveal the multi-faceted complexities that will challenge Ava in her latest adventure.
This is the perfect book for putting the stress of everyday life aside and immersing yourself in a world of mesmerizing secrets, intrigue and risky ventures. I look forward to reading the next Ava Lee adventure. ( )
  bookmuse56 | Feb 28, 2014 |
Quite violent but not gratuitously so. I enjoyed this entry in the series more so than the last. ( )
  Rayaowen | Jul 8, 2013 |
I just don't see the point of this book. It would make a good half-hour TV show, maybe. There is nothing to the plot, really, and the characters are just as they are. Our small statured heroine, a master of deadly martial arts, has only to recover something like $20 million of her rather stupid brother's money in order to save face for the entire family, so she bravely faces incredibly powerful and merciless men in Macau. Of course she wins.
Oops, that may be a spoiler, but obvious. Saving graces are some atmospheric meals and an interesting extended family situation. ( )
  loosha | Feb 25, 2013 |
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Ava Lee, the Toronto-based, globe-trotting forensic accountant, trots only to Hong Kong in her latest adventure and handles no accounting, forensic or otherwise. It’s a change of pace for our girl in her fourth book. This time, all she needs to do is recover the 20 million bucks that villains have conned out of her Hong Kong half brother.

Hamilton’s straightforward plotting here is not unlike something from one of the late Robert B. Parker’s Spenser books. As with Spenser, Ava rounds up a crew of ace shooters and musclemen to take on the bad guys in a showdown of strategy and muscle. Hamilton lacks Parker’s élan and sense of humour, but he’s just about as confident in handling the suspenseful side of the confrontation.
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Ava must find a way to help her half-brother Michael who is in trouble because of a multi-million-dollar real-estate deal gone wrong in Macau.

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