Children of the Street (Darko Dawson Series #2)

Children of the Street (Darko Dawson Series #2)

by Kwei Quartey
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Children of the Street (Darko Dawson Series #2) by Kwei Quartey

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 to fight for their very survival—and a cunning killer seems just out of reach.

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ISBN-13: 9780812981674
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Series: Darko Dawson Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 815,840
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kwei Quartey was raised in Ghana by an African American mother and a Ghanaian father, both of whom were university lecturers. Dr. Quartey practices medicine in Southern California, rising early in the morning to write before going to work.

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Children of the Street 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
The streets of any big city are “home” - term used very loosely – to an assortment of runaway and thrown-away children. These kids have to watch each others' backs against all threats – including each other – because no one else is there to do it. Sometimes, their self-developed safety net fails. In “Children of the Street”, Kwei Quartey explores the issue of runaway children in Accra, the capital of Ghana – because there appears to be a serial killer that has discovered that they are easy prey. Quartey looks at their lives, their struggle to survive, and the efforts – limited, as resources don't come close to matching need – to assist them in their day-to-day struggles AND to emerge to a more fulfilling life. Quartey also uses this book as an opportunity to examine the issues of a highly politicized police department, where decisions and promotions are determined by who you know and by the status of the person making any particular request or complaint. Unlike other authors reflecting upon similar themes, Quartey actually allows that the right thing sometimes gets done – not always as quickly or as efficiently as might be desired, though. This book has been on my To Be Read list for quite awhile; I did myself a disservice by not opening it shortly after I acquired it. RATING: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars. I enjoyed reading it, and will remember it after I've moved onto other books. POSTSCRIPT RANT: Some of the promotional material I've seen for this book, including a quote on the back cover from the Wall Street Journal, compares the author / lead character to Alexander McCall Smith's Number One Ladies Detective Agency. In my opinion, other than the fact that both series are set in Africa (in vastly different parts of the continent) featuring locally born protagonists, these two series have nothing in common, and find the comparison lame on multiple levels, perhaps even just a bit racist.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
In Kwai Quartey's second Inspector Darko Dawson mystery, street kids in Accra, Ghana are being murdered by a serial murderer.  Each child is dumped unceremoniously in filthy places with a body part destroyed in a different way with each child.   Darko's young son, Hosea, is suffering from a heart deformation, and getting sicker while he waits for his parents to get enough money to pay for his surgery. So Darko's heart is tender towards these street kids, but his temper, and desire for marijuana sometimes blurs his investigations.  Thankfully, his determination to stop these murders pushes him to find his culprit. His suspects are well hidden amongst those supposedly helping these street kids.  How he sorts the good from the bad makes this book another winner for Quartey!
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