Wife of the Gods

Wife of the Gods

A Novel

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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An original debut novel set in Ghana, is the story of Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, who is sent from the big city to the village of Ketanu to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. Darko's own mother disappeared from this same village many years ago, and as the mystery unfolds, the reader meets a rich cast of characters, and learns about Trokosi, a system where young teenage girls are sent to live with fetish priests to bring good fortune to their families. Darko explores the motivations and secrets of the residents of Ketanu, and in addition to solving a recent murder, discovers the shocking truth about his own mother's disappearance.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400067596
Characteristics: x, 317 p. : map ; 25 cm.


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Oct 07, 2017

Picked this book at random. I really enjoyed it and was happy to find out that the author has penned many more. I look forward to reading the series! Great who done it.

Aug 14, 2017

Darko Dawson's not keen on being sent out of Accra, Ghana, in this debut police procedural. The death of a young woman has prompted a request for an "expert" detective, guaranteed to set on edge the teeth of the local police. Darko doesn't really want to go to this specific place, as 23 years before, his mother disappeared there on a visit to her sister. The murder of a lovely young pre-med student brings out the worst in many, as the area is still highly superstitious, and some people believe in witchcraft as well. Darko believes in logic, though he has some anger management issues. I began with a later book in the series, but I prefer to begin at the beginning. I was glad to be able to quickly find this first in the series. Quartey gives us a wonderful sense of place, character, pacing, and a feel for what the people wear and eat. Highly recommended.

Jan 28, 2016

Kwei Quartey gives us portraits of each character with all their flaws and talents as well as their setting in Ghana. I relished the descriptions of the forest, the traffic, and the customs and dress. Dr. Quartey's talent for description drew me into the story. Darko Dawson is not a perfect person, but he is a sympathetic character. I look forward to reading the next books in the series and hope it will be a long series.

PimaLib_MaryG May 06, 2015

When Inspector Detective Darko Dawson is sent to a small village to investigate a murder he is drawn back into the mysterious disappearance of his own mother when he was a child.


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