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The Root - July 11, 2011
"Kwei Quartey's Children of the Street may be a fictional crime
drama, but it takes place in the very real slum of Agbogbloshie in
the heart of Ghana's capital, Accra. The novel follows Inspector
Darko Dawson as he solves a series of mutilating murders, each of
the victims killed in the same, brutal way. Children of the Street
goes beyond the elements of the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew with its
flawed protagonist, twisting story line and infusion of intimate
African and Ghanaian elements.
With an enticing plot, well-stocked with twists and turns, and a
dynamic and imperfect protagonist, Children of the Street is a great
read for diehard crime-novel enthusiasts and leisure readers alike."
Publishers Weekly Starred review - May 16, 2011
Quartey convincingly portrays the seedy underbelly of Accra, Ghana's
capital city, in his second novel starring Det. Insp. Darko Dawson
(after Wife of the Gods). The well-rounded Dawson, a homicide
investigator, struggles with his taste for marijuana as well as the
politics of his job. To compound his problems, his beloved
seven-year-old son, Hosiah, is in desperate need of surgery, to
repair a hole in his heart, that Dawson can't afford.
Notwithstanding all these pressures, Dawson plunges into the search
for a serial killer targeting young street children, who are stabbed
and mutilated in accordance with some savage ritual. He consults the
country's leading expert on ritual murder, a man with secrets of his
own to conceal. Quartey cleverly hides the culprit, but the
whodunit's strength is as much in the depiction of a world largely
unfamiliar to an American readership as in its playing fair.