Darko Dawson, Chief Inspector in the Ghana police service, returns in the fourth book in Quartey's atmospheric crime series often compared to Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels.
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.
Praise for Gold of Our Fathers
“Exceptional . . . Fans of mysteries that offer a window into another culture will be more than satisfied.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“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.”
“Quartey presents a good-hearted policeman in a noir world of exploitation and corruption.”
“Robust . . .[Kwei Quartey] excels at evoking a sense of place.”
“If you have ever read and are a fan of Alexander McCall Smith's African based stories, you will definitely appreciate GOLD OF OUR FATHERS.”
Praise for Kwei Quartey and the Darko Dawson Series
“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.”
“A sensitive novel of powerful family passions, set in the unique and vivid colors of Ghana.”
“Kwei Quartey does what all the best storytellers do. He takes you to a world you have never seen and makes it as real to you as your own backyard. Inspector Darko Dawson is relentless and I look forward to riding with him again.”
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