Atmospherically set in Accra, Ghana, Chief Inspector Darko Dawson investigates the brutal murder of a high-society bride. In order to expose the truth, Darko must confront the pivotal role religion plays in Ghana—and wrestle with his old demons the investigation stirs up in the fifth entry to the African series.
Katherine Yeboah’s marriage to Solomon Vanderpuye is all the talk of Accra high society. But when it becomes apparent that Katherine is infertile, Solomon’s extended family accuses her of being a witch, hounding her until the relationship is so soured Solomon feels compelled to order Katherine out of the house they shared. Alone on her last night there, Katherine is brutally murdered by an intruder.
Chief Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghanaian federal police has personal as well as professional reasons to find the killer fast: Katherine was the first cousin of his wife, Christine, who is devastated by the tragedy. As Darko investigates, he discovers that many people close to Katherine had powerful motives to kill her, including: Solomon, her husband; James Bentsi-Enchill, her lawyer and ex-lover; and her filthy rich pastor, Bishop Clem Howard-Mills. In order to expose the truth, Darko must confront the pivotal role religion plays in Ghana—and wrestle with his old demons the investigation stirs up.
About the Author
Kwei Quartey was born in Ghana and raised by a black American mother and a Ghanaian father. A practicing physician, he lives and works in Pasadena. He is the author of four other critically acclaimed novels in the Darko Dawson series, Wife of the Gods, Children of the Street, Murder at Cape Three Points, and Gold of Our Fathers. Find him on Twitter @doublekwei and on his website, kweiquartey.com.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Authors are supposed to write things they know about. And that’s what Kwei Quartey does. He bases his crime novels on a country he knows well: Ghana. A physician, he is the son of a black mother and a Ghanaian father. His descriptions of Accra, the capital, its heat and power outages, the street names and language are authentic. This is the second Darko Dawson mystery. Dawson is a Chief Inspector with a built-in lie detector: he suffers from synesthesia, which usually manifests itself when he is confronted with a liar. The murder of his wife’s cousin is the subject of the present investigation. A newlywed, the marriage soon soured when she proves unable to have a baby. Her husband leaves her, and his family accuses of her being a witch. A multitude of suspects are found by Dawson, ranging from the husband and his mother and sister, to a mentally challenged man, a Bishop and his assistant, among others. This reader found the novel somewhat slow reading, and rather dry. Also, I am not sure the ending is satisfactory since it is unexplained how Dawson’s partner suddenly shows up when she had not been informed of his plans. Other than these criticisms, the novel is recommended.