Wife of the Gods
Introducing Detective Inspector Darko Dawson: dedicated family man, rebel in the office, ace in the field—and one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. When we first meet Dawson, he’s been ordered by his cantankerous boss to leave behind his loving wife and young son in Ghana’s... show more
Introducing Detective Inspector Darko Dawson: dedicated family man, rebel in the office, ace in the field—and one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. When we first meet Dawson, he’s been ordered by his cantankerous boss to leave behind his loving wife and young son in Ghana’s capital city to lead a murder investigation: In a shady grove outside the small town of Ketanu, a young woman—a promising medical student—has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. Dawson is fluent in Ketanu’s indigenous language, so he’s the right man for the job, but the local police are less than thrilled with an outsider’s interference. For Dawson, this sleepy corner of Ghana is rife with emotional land mines: an estranged relationship with the family he left behind twenty-five years earlier and the painful memory of his own mother’s inexplicable disappearance. Armed with remarkable insight and a healthy dose of skepticism, Dawson soon finds his cosmopolitan sensibilities clashing with age-old customs, including a disturbing practice in which teenage girls are offered to fetish priests as trokosi, or Wives of the Gods. Delving deeper into the student’s haunting death, Dawson will uncover long-buried secrets that, to his surprise, hit much too close to home.
Publish date: July 14th 2009
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
, African Literature
Series: Darko Dawson (#1)
I'm enjoying this book, but the frequent descriptions of exceptionally beautiful women (author's words) and their specific physical attributes has started getting a little distracting and offensive from an otherwise very good and interesting story. And of course all of the exceptionally beautiful w...
Darko Dawson is a detective living in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. He is sent to the small village of Kentanu to assist in solving the murder of a young female health worker. This is also the place where his mother disappeared many years ago.The story is full of interesting characters and I ...
Darko is a police inspector in Ghana who gets called in to remote village where his aunt lives to investigate the murder of an AIDS worker. Deals with interesting customs in Ghana most Westerners aren't aware of.
In his first novel, Wife of the Gods, Kwei Quartey introduces us to an intriguing lead character, an exotic setting, and a story that takes some compelling twists and turns along the way. When a young female medical student is murdered in the forest between two small villages in the Volta Region of ...