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Ape House
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"The Disciple of Las Vegas", by Ian Hamilton

Book 2, in the Eva Lee series

This second instalment is a treat, a financial mystery that is far more captivating and even better than the first. The protagonist is a forensic accountant, a feisty and sexy woman, an expert in martial arts that hunts down thieves that have defrauded her clients of millions of dollars. She has the reputation of going to any extreme to obtain favourable results and she does all of this with the help of her partner, a septuagenarian she respectfully calls “Uncle”. 

This time they are hired by Tommy Ordonez, the richest man in the Philippines who has been swindled out of $50 million, their incentive is a 30% recovery fee.

Eva’s research tracing the money trail takes her to San Francisco, Vancouver, and Las Vegas where she finds an online gambling ring run through a First Nation server. With a strong forensic sense and a keen ability to detect anomalies, Eva soon uncovers links to the infamous gambler and poker great, David “The Disciple” Douglas, who she believes that with his partner, Jeremy Ashton, have been cheating the online system and have successfully moved the money into hidden accounts. 

Retrieving the money won’t be an easy task but with the help of Carlos and Andy, Uncle’s two thugs and sociopaths, she will have no problem persuading Douglas and Ashton to give up the goods. A little arm twisting can go a long way in convincing a person to make the right decision…..

Meanwhile an old case comes back to haunt her, Jackie Leug, an old nemesis, wants revenge and he has targeted Ava to make his point……

This story is simply irresistible, once started you will be hooked to the last page it is that thrilling and captivating. The plotting is fast-paced and exciting with tense moments, some bloody scenes and lots of kick ass martial arts result in an adrenaline rush through a maze of twists and turns. Eva is one of the most interesting and original heroines I have seen in a mystery for some time. 

Her development has grown beautifully since she was first introduced to us in “The Water Rat of Wanchai” and I am looking forward to what she has in store for us next.

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