Darko Dawson has just been promoted to Chief Inspector in the Ghana Police Service—the promotion even comes with a (rather modest) salary bump. But he doesn’t have long to celebrate because his new boss is transferring him from Accra, Ghana’s capital, out to remote Obuasi in the Ashanti region, an area now notorious for the illegal ...
Darko Dawson has just been promoted to Chief Inspector in the Ghana Police Service—the promotion even comes with a (rather modest) salary bump. But he doesn’t have long to celebrate because his new boss is transferring him from Accra, Ghana’s capital, out to remote Obuasi in the Ashanti region, an area now notorious for the illegal exploitation of its gold mines.
When Dawson arrives at the Obuasi headquarters, he finds it in complete disarray. The office is a mess of uncatalogued evidence and cold case files, morale is low, and discipline among officers is lax. On only his second day on the job, the body of a Chinese mine owner is unearthed in his own gold quarry. As Dawson investigates the case, he quickly learns how dangerous it is to pursue justice in this kingdom of illegal gold mines, where the worst offenders have so much money they have no fear of the law.
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“Exceptional ... fans of mysteries that offer a window into another culture will be more than satisfied.”
–Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
“Quartey provides such a strong sense of Ghana that you'll be wishing for a platter of kenkey, a staple food made from fermented corn, to keep you from biting your nails to the quick as Dawson winnows down the list of suspects to solve the mystery. ”
—Oprah.com on Murder at Cape Three Points
“Quartey's mastery of the art of misdirection serves him well in his third mystery featuring Accra, Ghana, homicide detective Darko Dawson ... A complex plot, combined with a warts-and-all lead and an evocative portrayal of the author's native country, add up to a winner. ”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on Murder at Cape Three Points
“Quartey presents a good-hearted policeman in a noir world of exploitation and corruption. ”
“Dawson finds himself caught between warring factions—not just the good guys and the bad guys, but the good guys and the not-so-good guys.”
“Mr. Quartey paints a fascinating picture of a country most of us know little about. The series is often compared to that of Alexander McCall Smith’s (about Botswana) in its depth of capturing the very personality of the country. Add a dose of thriller and you have it! This is a great series that will leave you eager to read the next one.”