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The King of Shanghai

by Ian Hamilton

Series: Ava Lee (7)

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Triads and trying times!

Ava is entering a new stage of her life without Uncle. I miss him, as does Ava, and certainly as does Sonny. Sonny is not quite as well kempt and a tad overweight as Ava discovers when she flies to Shanghai to meet with her business partners May Ling Wong and Amanda, Ava's sister-in-law .
Ava's relationship with her new business partners continues to allow story expansion, as does her developing relationship with the triad leader most like Uncle, Xu.
Xu is looking to becoming the new Triad chairman and he wants Ava's help.
Once more a brilliant addition to the series.
I am looking forward to Ava's future.

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  eyes.2c | Sep 20, 2016 |
Without spoiling anything Ava's professional life changes significantly. If you'd read the previous book in the series you'd know why. But I think the series has now changed and for the worse. I always found Ava a different and likeable character, the globe trotting in different locales, her heroics and typically in a good cause if not altogether done nicely. But the magic and edge has gone. The first half of the book seems to be setting up her new life. The remainder of the book is more like the Ava of old but not as good. Too bad. ( )
  martinhughharvey | Feb 25, 2015 |
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"Ava Lee is a young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant, specializing in recovering debts and stolen money for wealthy clients. At 115 lbs. she hardly seems a threat, but her razor-sharp intellect and resourcefulness allow her to succeed where traditional methods have failed. Ava is mourning the death of her longtime business partner and mentor, "Uncle" Chow Tung. Looking to start fresh, Ava steps into a new business venture with her friend May Ling Wong and her sister-in-law Amanda. On a trip to China, Ava meets with a young man named Xu, who Uncle had been mentoring and who is also the head of the Triad in Shanghai. Xu makes an audacious business proposal that she and May are compelled to consider. Meanwhile, separately and privately, he confides to Ava that he intends to run for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies and attempts to recruit her as his adviser and confidante. Against her will, Ava becomes enmeshed in Triad warfare and her future is threatened..."-- Cover [page 4]… (more)

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