With every publisher looking for the next Steig Larsson, I'd suggest that Toronto's Ian Hamilton fits the bill rather well. In fact, his protagonist, the resourceful and sharp forensic accountant Ava Lee is a better, more believable creation than Larsson's Lisbeth Salander.
Several of us at Words Worth were big fans of Ian's first book, Water Rat of Wanchai, and we're delighted that Ian Hamilton will be dropping by the store to read from his newly released second book, The Disciple of Las Vegas.
The second book pits Ava and her mercurial partner "Uncle" against a prideful client who is out $50 million over a complicated swindle with roots in the world of high stakes poker. The second book boasts similarly exotic locales, a quick pace and plenty of mayhem. Hamilton is a natural storyteller, his prose is lean and unadorned, and Ava is a fantastic character, charismatic, cool and capable.
The Disciple of Las Vegas is the second book in a projected series of four books for sure, perhaps more are coming. What is sure, is that Ian Hamilton is the real thing as a crime writer and we're very excited to welcome him to Waterloo on July 19th at the store.