The Wild Beasts of Wuhan by Ian Hamilton
An Ava Lee Novel

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...the rampant product placement and morally questionable wrap-up will make this second installment in the series the last for some readers.
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"Formidable...Ava Lee is unbeatable at just about everything....She's perfect."—Toronto Star

Meet Ava Lee, alluring but deadly, with a mind like a steel trap, as she chases millions of dollars and dangerous criminals around the globe in this exotic and fast-paced new crime series by Ian Hamilton.

In The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, Wong Changxing, a rich Chinese powerbroker, has just been bilked out of $100 million in an elaborate art forgery con. His one hope of recovering the money, and of saving face, is Ava Lee—a forensic accountant with a talent for tracking down untraceable funds. With the help of her mentor, the Triad-connected Uncle, Ava traces the provenance of the meticulously forged paintings to Denmark, the Faroe Islands, New York, and London. As she infiltrates one of the most prestigious auction houses in the world, she uncovers a massive web of corruption, where high art and high-stakes fraud threaten more than just her client's business—this is one scam that could get her killed. Ava Lee is one of the most scintillating, unique heroines to come along in years.

 

About Ian Hamilton

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Ian Hamilton has had a range of careers over the span of his life, from journalist to diplomat, but it wasn't until a health scare that he sat down to write his first novel. Ava Lee was the heroine that came to him and so the series was born. Hamilton's journalism has been featured in Maclean's and Saturday Night Magazine. He is the author of The Disciple of Las Vegas, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, The Red Pole of Macau, and The Water Rat of Wanchai. He lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Lorraine. He has four children and seven grandchildren.
 
Published June 25, 2013 by Picador. 350 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jun 09 2013

...the rampant product placement and morally questionable wrap-up will make this second installment in the series the last for some readers.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Carolyn Haley on Jun 25 2013

...The Wild Beasts of Wuhan interweaves qualities from many genres—and it works because of the originality and the fascinating detail wrought in the author’s capable prose.

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