INTRODUCING A NEW SERIES: This is a critically adored author with a large exisiting fan base. This new first-in-series is an exciting oppurtunity for new readers.
STRONG FEMALE LEAD: Emma Djan is a young, complex, and intelligent protagonist—a welcome new main character not only as a series but in the mystery genre.
ARMCHAIR TRAVEL: Imbued with transportive cultural details of the unique and picturesque setting of Ghana.
OF THE MOMENT: The “religion” behind these internet scams in Ghana is fascinating, and Quartey brings it to life with clarity and authenticity.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Praise for The Missing American
“Remarkably rare…a gem of a debut.”
—The Washington Post
“The adventures of a tenacious African female sleuth will likely ring bells for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling Mma. Precious Ramotswe mysteries. The Missing American’s unflinching portrayal of Ghanaian criminals, their fetish priest handlers and corruption at the highest levels makes this intriguing debut a more bracing antidote to its cozier cousin.“
—Los Angeles Times
“An evocative new series.”
—The Seattle Times
”A suspenseful, atmospheric novel of desperation, corruption and murder.“
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
”An engrossing race through the mean streets of Accra and beyond. Colloquial language, local sights and sounds, the food and culture create a vivid backdrop to the disappearance and the investigation.“
—Sunday Times (South Africa)
“Mr. Quartey combines African internet scams, a menacing juju priest and political corruption with a cast of unforgettable characters, led by the formidable young Emma, who could easily become my favorite new detective. The sounds, sights, troubles and aspirations of modern-day Ghana are revealed with an unsparing eye and an understanding heart.”
—Michael Sears, Edgar Award–winning author of the Jason Stafford series
“In this twisty page-turner featuring an appealing new protagonist, Kwei Quartey delves into the dark domain of the Ghanaian internet fraudsters. The ’sakawa boys’ play their victims like game fish, but they are only part of a vicious web of corruption and witchcraft that reaches all the way to the top. Rich with the colors of Ghana, this is great Sunshine Noir.”
—Michael Stanley, author of the award–winning Detective Kubu novels
“The Missing American is diabolically plotted and elegantly written. An atmospheric, heart-pounding mystery that just may be Quartey’s best—and that’s saying a lot.”
—Stephen Mack Jones, Nero Prize and Hammett Award–winning author of the August Snow thrillers
“Sakawa scams abound, overlaid with a witch doctor (or two) and a trio of likable, if occasionally gullible, protagonists. My prediction: We will be seeing Emma Djan again.”
“Appealingly complex…You’ll want to be an early adopter of this series everyone is sure to be talking about.”
”An excellent police procedural series.“
—Reviewing the Evidence
“Armchair detectives, this one’s for you. Kwei Quartey’s new series transports readers to Accra, Ghana to follow a young detective just starting to make a name for herself…This mystery will keep you guessing until the final pages.”
“Fans of Quartey’s Darko Dawson series ready for another armchair visit to Ghana will be pleased to meet Emma Djan, introduced here in the same riveting blend of mystery and literary travel guide. After a horrifying #MeToo moment brings an abrupt end to Emma’s police career, she is taken on by a private detective agency…There is an amazing force to be reckoned with behind [Emma’s] veil of politeness, and readers will want to hear more from Emma.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
“Quartey’s writing is visceral, with lush descriptions of the scenes as well as his (large) cast of characters…This promising series debut from the acclaimed Quartey (”Darko Dawson“ mysteries) introduces the formidable Emma, and most important, the culture and politics of Ghana.”
“Notable for its Ghanaian atmosphere and its densely imagined criminal web in which every point is connected to every other.”
“[A] solid series launch…Readers will welcome Emma into the ranks of capable female detectives.”
“[A] superb sense of place…Readers can feel as though they’re actually in Ghana while they read; the landscape, weather, people, food, and culture give the story a richness that I find irresistible.”
Praise for Kwei Quartey
“A sensitive novel of powerful family passions, set in the unique and vivid colors of Ghana.”
“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.”
“An absolute gem…Undoubtedly will be compared with Alexander McCall Smith’s phenomenally successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.”
—Los Angeles Times
“[Quartey] renders a compelling cast of characters inhabiting a world precariously perched between old and new…Intriguing.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
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