As Ian Hamilton starts his term as Writer in Residence at the Poisoned Pen, it’s only appropriate to look back with him. But, first, here’s Hamilton and his latest book The Iman of Tawi-Tawi. Signed copies are available through the Web Store. https://store.poisonedpen.com
Here’s the description of the 11th Ava Lee novel.
Ava has spent two nights luxuriating in a hotel in Yunnan Province with the actress Pang Fai, with whom she has begun a secret relationship. She receives an urgent phone call from Chang Wang, the right hand to the billionaire Tommy Ordonez and one of Uncle’s oldest friends. Years ago, Ava and Uncle helped Tommy recover $50 million in a land swindle.
Chang asks Ava to fly to Manila to meet with his friend, Senator Miguel Ramirez. Ramirez asks Ava to investigate a college in Tawi-Tawi, an island province in the Philippines, which he suspects is training terrorists. Ava’s investigation leads to a partnership with a CIA agent, and together they attempt to stop an international plot, horrific in size and scope, only to have it turn on them. Ava’s judgement and morals — which Uncle helped her forge — are tested like never before.
Last May, Hamilton wrote an article for Lithub.com. It was on researching the Ava Lee series. The article was called “Capturing the True Criminality of Chinese State Corruption.” It’s just the background a reader might want for this series. Here’s the link. https://bit.ly/2G4eLLC