Ava Lee is a young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who specializes in recovering massive debts. Ava works for an elderly Hong Kong-based “Uncle,” who may or may not have ties to the Triads. At 5’3″ and 115 lbs., she hardly seems a threat. But her razor-sharp intelligence and unorthodox rules of engagement allow her to succeed where traditional methods have failed.
In The Water Rat of Wanchai Ava is persuaded by an old friend of Uncle’s to help his nephew who is owed $5 million from a seafood company. The nephew’s Hong Kong business financed purchase orders for a company that was producing cooked shrimp for a major U.S. retailer. The deal went sideways. The money disappeared.
On a journey that takes her from Toronto to Seattle to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Guyana, and the British Virgin Islands, Ava encounters everything from the Thai katoey culture to corrupt but helpful law enforcers. But it’s in Guyana where she meets her match: Captain Robbins, a huge hulk of a man and godfather-like figure who controls the police, politicians, and criminals alike. In exchange for his help, he decides he wants of piece of Ava’s $5 million action and will do whatever it takes to get his fair share . . . – Publishers Website
I absolutely could not put this book down. Immediately engaging, A female heroine, forensic accountant takes the stage away from the people she is hunting and hits them where it hurts – Who knew Forensic Accounting could be so exciting, engaging, full of exotic locations, headed by a woman with knowledge of a secret martial art. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. This is the first in a three-part series, so, I am anxiously awaiting the next two in the series, I feel like I want to read all three in succession they are that good !
Spiderline is a new imprint from The House of Anansi.