The Scottish Banker of Surabaya

The Scottish Banker of Surabaya

Book - 2013
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Ava begins an investigation into what she thinks is a Ponzi scheme. The trail leads her to a bank in Indonesia that is run by a Scot, but in actuality is a front for an elaborate money-laundering operation for Italian mobsters. The relationship between Ava and the Scotsman turns nasty and personal. Meanwhile, Uncle's health problems become apparent...
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781770892347
Branch Call Number: HAM
Characteristics: 448 p. ; 21 cm.

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Travel
Aug 25, 2016

My first Ava Lee mystery. I will try another but was underwhelmed with this one. I agree with others that it does not make sense that such a woman of the world would have fallen for the drug in the drink trick. I found myself irritated by the frequent errors in grammar, and the repeated references to underwear, "ample bosoms" and brand-name accessories. But I love to read about other cultures, so I will try again.

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Eosos
Jan 25, 2016

I'm inclined to think that this one was over the top. Ava was both far too cocky in some situations and unusually unsure in others.
Most of this book was situated in Indonesia, with small sections in Toronto and Hong Kong. There is more information about Uncle and Sonny is getting a larger part in the story as well.
I disliked the situation that developed between Ava and a banker, I thought it was odd for her to be so careless and she was strangely calm at it conclusion.
I'm also not sure I like the direction Ava is going, from a character and a business point of view. I'm interested in finding out where both ideas are going but worry that I won't like the outcome.

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loolow
Jun 29, 2015

I have read all the Ava Lee novels leading up to this fifth one and will be reading the 6th and 7th. I have always found the novels a good read. I am however, a little perplexed by how she was outwitted by the banker which led to the "accident". I can't believe that a wordly woman like Ava who had been forewarned would not have had the street smarts to avoid falling into that trap. A naive girl yes but the Ava from the first four novels - no. So I am very disappointed. I am not saying that Ava can't be human and make mistakes but this mistake was too careless and really unbelievable given the history of the character. I did like how 'Uncle' solved their client's problem. Quite original, actually but wasn't able to enjoy it because of my disappointment. I hope this is just a blip and that the 6th and 7th novels will stay true to the character.

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Ron@Ottawa
Nov 22, 2013

This latest addition to the Ava Lee series is the longest at over 400 pages. Therein lies the problem - a lot of repetitions, too much details on Ava's father's extended family that I don't care about. The book can be reduced to half its length to offer a tighter plot. Also, Ave Lee is looking more and more like the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. A slow read.

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sandfordross
Jul 10, 2013

A good writer but a mediocre book. An unbelievable character and an unbelievable situation exacerbated by gratuitous sexual innuendo. I don't know why so many writers have to make the protagonists so cliched?

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Daphne57
Apr 01, 2013

At first, formulaic, then story line developed into one of the best in the series with lots of opportunity to continue with Ava Lee's adventures in forensic accounting.

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andrea_gregus
Mar 18, 2013

Loved it! Another Great Ava Lee novel!

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