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Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Red Pole of Macau

In Ian Hamilton's The Red Pole of Macau, family ties are stressed to the limit when intrepid forensic accountant Ava Lee must rescue her half brother, Michael, and his business partner, Simon, from a disastrous multimillion-dollar real-estate deal in Macau. When the developers turn out to be gangsters, Michael and Simon are threatened with bankruptcy and much worse. Ava struggles to salvage the deal and her family's money, but then Simon is kidnapped, and the rules of the game abruptly change.
Determined to keep her mentor, Uncle, out of the affair, Ava is forced to turn to a former client, the cunning and seductive May Ling Wong, for help. With time running out, Ava must use all her skills to outwit the gangsters, rescue Simon, and save her family's future.

The Red Pole of Macau (Thriller)
An Ava Lee Novel #4
By Ian Hamilton
ISBN #978-1250032317
Price $15.00
336 Pages
Rating 5-stars

“Smooth Writing.”

Lok, once a Red Pole of the Triad, brought Ava’s half brother, Michael Lee and his partner Simon, into a land scam. Lok won’t return the money, so Ava must bring Lok and his men down the hard way. That means following the money, and calling in some favors where needed, then invading a tightly secured compound against well-armed gangsters before it’s all over.

This was another well-written novel featuring the forensic accountant trained in bak mei martial arts.  The writing is smooth, the plot deep and twisting, and the characters three-dimensional. Highly recommended for action lovers.

Tom Johnson

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