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Kwei J. Quartey

CHILDREN OF THE STREET

Kwei Quartey’s debut novel Wife of the Gods charmed reviewers and readers alike. With his protagonist Inspector Darko Dawson, literary fans found a new keen-eyed and all too human detective to root for. In CHILDREN OF THE STREET Dawson returns to solve an even more gruesome and perplexing case.

In the slums of Accra, Ghana’s fast-moving, cosmopolitan capital, teenagers are turning up dead. Inspector Darko Dawson has seen many crimes, but this latest string of murders—in which all the young victims bear a chilling signature—is the most unsettling of his career. Are these heinous acts a form of ritual killing or the work of a lone, cold-blooded monster? With time running out, Dawson embarks on a harrowing journey through the city’s underbelly and confronts the brutal world of the urban poor, where street children are forced ...

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WIFE OF THE GODS

For fans of Alexander McCall Smith, a debut mystery novel set in West Africa that introduces a marvelous detective and a fascinatingly rich community

Set in Ghana, with the action moving back and forth between the capital city of Accra and a small village in the Volta Region, Kwei Quartey’s lively debut novel is the story of Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, a good family man and a remarkably intuitive sleuth who is sent to the village of Ketanu—the site of his mother’s disappearance, many years ago—to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker.

As the mystery unfolds we meet a rich cast of characters, including the Trokosi, young women (called Wives of the Gods) who...

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