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The Red Pole of Macau

Written by Ian Hamilton

Series Title: An Ava Lee Novel

  • 336 Pages
  • 9780887842542
  • 8" x 5.25"
  • FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths



Publication Date September 01, 2012

The “cool and stylish heroine kicks it up a notch” (Terry Fallis, author of Best Laid Plans), in the gripping fourth installment of Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee Series.

In The Red Pole of Macau, Ava’s half-brother Michael is desperate to pull out of a multi-million-dollar real estate deal in the territory of Macau. The developers are threatening to halt construction unless Michael and his business partner put up another $80 million; the bank is looking for repayment on their loan; and her father is prepared to sell everything to protect his first-born son.

When Ava enlists Uncle for help, she discovers his health is failing and is forced to turn to a former client, the cunning and seductive May Ling Wong. As Ava follows the money trail, she finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into Hong Kong’s dark and deadly world of organized crime.

Will Ava protect her family’s future? Or will this job lead to a violent end . . .


Ian Hamilton

IAN HAMILTON is the author of the Ava Lee series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by Amazon.ca, the Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire. BBC Culture named Hamilton “One of the Ten Mystery/Crime Writers from the Last Thirty Years That Should Be on Your Bookshelf.” The series is being adapted for television.


"Ava Lee returns as one of crime fiction’s most intriguing characters. The Red Pole of Macau is the best page-turner of the season from the hottest writer in the business!" John Lawrence Reynolds

"Ian Hamilton's cool and stylish heroine kicks it up a notch in this action-packed thrill ride. Crackling with suspense, intrigue, and danger, your fingers will be smoking from turning these pages. Don't ever, ever, mess with Ava Lee. She's not your average accountant." Terry Faliis

"... a romp of a story with a terrific heroine." Saskatoon Star Phoenix

"... fast and entertaining ... the action unfolds like a well-oiled action-flick." Guelph Mercury

"... a change of pace for our girl [Ava Lee] ... suspenseful ..." Toronto Star

"Ava Lee, that wily, wonderful hunter of nasty business brutes, is back in her best adventure ever ... if you haven’t yet discovered Ava Lee, start here." Globe and Mail

"Ava [Lee] is a character we all could use at one time or another. Failing that, we follow her in her best adventure yet." Hamilton Spectator

"The best in the series so far." London Free Press