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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Ian Hamilton - Deadly Touch of the Tigress

What drew me to this book was the blurb on the back which said " For anyone missing Lisbeth Salandeer, meet the very brilliant Ava Lee".  As I do miss LS I thought I'd give it a go.
Ava Lee is a forensic accountant, living in Canada.  Her job entails recovering stolen money but trying to use a more diplomatic solution that brute force.  She works for 'Uncle' who lives in HongKong and is not her real uncle but someone who the desperate and wealthy turn to to recover their money.
Ava's assignment in this book is to chase $5million for a family friend of Uncle.  Thistrail leads her to HongKong, Bangkok,Guyana and the BVI.  Guyana is a place where not many tourist dare to tread and the person she is after seems to run most of this island or at least have those that do in his pay packet.

It was a good story and Ava Lee is an interesting, intelligent, character.  Definitely not the next LS though nor the book anywhere near the standard of Steig Larsson.  It made a change from some private detectives (although having just read cuckoos Calling I much prefer Cormoran Strike) and while I don't mind setting the scene there was maybee too much use of brand names (Brooks Brothers shirt, Channel purse, Cartier watch, Moleskin, notebook).  But it kept me reading until the end.

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