[Reading] ➼ The Missing American ➲ Kwei Quartey – Fastfood-pos-2018.info

The Missing American Accra Private Investigator Emma Djan S First Missing Persons Case Will Lead Her To The Darkest Depths Of The Email Scams And Fetish Priests In Ghana, The World S Internet Capital When Her Dreams Of Rising Through The Police Ranks Like Her Late Father Crash Around Her, Year Old Emma Djan Is Unsure What Will Become Of Her Life In Accra Through A Sympathetic Former Colleague, Emma Gets An Interview With A Private Detective Agency Tracking Down Missing Persons, Thefts, And Marital Infidelities It S Not The Future She Imagined, But It S Her Best Option Meanwhile, Gordon Tilson, A Middle Aged Widower In Washington, DC, Has Found Solace In An Online Community After His Wife S Passing Through The Support Group, He S Even Met A Young Ghanaian Widow He Really Cares About, And When Her Sister Gets Into A Car Accident, He Sends Her Thousands Of Dollars To Cover The Hospital Bill To The Horror Of His Only Son, Derek When Gordon Runs Off To Ghana To Surprise His New Love And Disappears, Derek Chases After Him, Fearing For His Father S Life The Case Of The Missing American Man Will Drag Both Emma And Derek Into A World Of Sakawa Scams, Fetish Priests, And Those Willing To Keep Things Secret Through Death 4.5 rounded upA new Quartey with a new female detective series and new drama This was an absolute hit for me Probably my favorite of his wonderful mystery thrillers. This is a relatively slow paced mystery with a really interesting presence an American man disappears in Ghana after going to visit who he believes to be a woman he s fallen in love with over the internet and just happens to have given several thousand dollars I liked private detective Emma Djan, who has a compelling backstory, but I didn t quite feel like I got to know her because there were so many characters I m definitely interested to see how she develops in future installments of the This is a relatively slow paced mystery with a really interesting presence an American man disappears in Ghana after going to visit who he believes to be a woman he s fallen in love with over the internet and just happens to have given several thousand dollars I liked private detective Emma Djan, who has a compelling backstory, but I didn t quite feel like I got to know her because there were so many characters I m definitely interested to see how she develops in future installments of the series, however The mystery was certainly a compelling one, as was the story of the sakawa boys, who attempt to harness the power of spiritual rituals to increase their success as internet scammers At times the dialogue seemed a bit stilted to my ear, but it may just be different speech patternscommon to Ghana, and I really have no way of knowing.Overall, while this wasn t a favorite, I liked it and will probably read the next book in the series I would recommend to mystery readers who are patient and enjoy reading books set in novel settings and cultures A new series by Quartey not Darko Dawson , featuring 26 year old Emma Djan, who is fired from her boring procedural police job for not succumbing to sexual harassment A homicide department colleague of her deceased father refers Emma to a private detective agency in Gabon This agency is hired by American Derek Tilson to find his father Gordon, missing several weeks since arriving in Ghana, the victim of an elaborate internet romance scam, because the local police and U.S embassy have not hel A new series by Quartey not Darko Dawson , featuring 26 year old Emma Djan, who is fired from her boring procedural police job for not succumbing to sexual harassment A homicide department colleague of her deceased father refers Emma to a private detective agency in Gabon This agency is hired by American Derek Tilson to find his father Gordon, missing several weeks since arriving in Ghana, the victim of an elaborate internet romance scam, because the local police and U.S embassy have not helped Emma has to investigate the world of scammers and their strange dependence on fetish priests, who promise them power and success, if they partake in horrifying rituals as well as rampant political and police corruption Gordon Tilson s stupidity, egged on by his dying journalist friend, is in a word, monumental Seeof my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsThe Missing American is a nice crime story with enough twists and turns to unravel its mystery that it kept me hooked throughout Quartey makes the most of his Ghanaian setting with moments of Sjowall and Wahloo style social commentary that I particularly appreciated I felt I got a good sense of Atimpoku and how people live there This novel is muchof a serious crime story than the better known Alexander McCall Smith cosy series, but I Seeof my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsThe Missing American is a nice crime story with enough twists and turns to unravel its mystery that it kept me hooked throughout Quartey makes the most of his Ghanaian setting with moments of Sjowall and Wahloo style social commentary that I particularly appreciated I felt I got a good sense of Atimpoku and how people live there This novel is muchof a serious crime story than the better known Alexander McCall Smith cosy series, but I wouldn t say that it has the pace to be a real thriller.While I liked the narrative itself, I did unfortunately think that the story was let down by unconvincing characters Even our heroine, Emma Djan, didn t have a memorable enough portrayal for me to fully believe in her and I don t see how she will become the lynchpin of a whole series The Missing American is book one of the Emma Djan mysteries Dialogue is often clunky and repetitive too I lost count of how many times characters recapped plot points to each other that we readers were already well aware of If you re a crime fiction fan, The Missing American is worth picking up for its unusual plotlines, but I don t think I would continue with the series On the cover is the quote Rich, with the colors of Ghana, this is great Sunshine Noir What the heck is sunshine noir I wondered, and I was off to see what I could learn I learned it is a response to Scandinavian, or Nordic, Noir It is supposed to be the same sort of mystery thriller set in hot places rather than cold ones I have read few of the cold type and this is my first of the hot type.As to this offering, it is definitelythriller than mystery There was a littlelust in t On the cover is the quote Rich, with the colors of Ghana, this is great Sunshine Noir What the heck is sunshine noir I wondered, and I was off to see what I could learn I learned it is a response to Scandinavian, or Nordic, Noir It is supposed to be the same sort of mystery thriller set in hot places rather than cold ones I have read few of the cold type and this is my first of the hot type.As to this offering, it is definitelythriller than mystery There was a littlelust in the first 100 pages than I thought necessary, and a bit later there is one scene of gratuitous sex And it truly is gratuitous, as the characters involved were relatively minor, and the scene didn t contribute to either solving the mystery or confusing the reader I suppose that is what sells books these days, but I m grateful I got this from the library and didn t pay for it The prose is not difficult, but fortunately it also isn t overly simplified There are enough Ghanaian words to have me paying attention I forgot there was a glossary at the back There were a couple of words I was interested in the pronunciation, and the glossary provides that I have said before it is unusual when an author can write a good characterization for the opposite gender Quartey doesn t quite make Emma Djan real, but do you read thrillers for fully fleshed characterizations While looking around at sunshine noir I spied a couple of other titles that looked interesting In that way, I m glad I picked this up As a thriller, it is OK, though I m not the best judge of that genre I won t outright shun Quartey, but I have so many other books I want to read, that I suspect it will be some time, if ever, that I find myself in front of another A just OK 3 stars ThemissingAmerican Kwei Quartey AllisonandBusby PasellabookGordon Tilson, a middle aged American widower, falls prey to an online scam Unlike similar victims who would rather quietly let it go for fear of ridicule, he decides so conduct in own investigation in Accra, Ghana After a few months of ruffling feathers, Gordon disappears His son, Derek, half Ghanian by birth, travels to Ghana to search for his father The novel explores the Ghanian sakawa system similar to the Nigerian 419 sch ThemissingAmerican Kwei Quartey AllisonandBusby PasellabookGordon Tilson, a middle aged American widower, falls prey to an online scam Unlike similar victims who would rather quietly let it go for fear of ridicule, he decides so conduct in own investigation in Accra, Ghana After a few months of ruffling feathers, Gordon disappears His son, Derek, half Ghanian by birth, travels to Ghana to search for his father The novel explores the Ghanian sakawa system similar to the Nigerian 419 schemes in depth, including some very interesting true cyber soft and hardware that make these schemes so believable The information was fascinating and I now understand these systems much better The nature of these scams and the corruption preventing exposure are cleverly interlinked with the search for the missing American.The author was born in Ghana and his intimate knowledge of the country and culture is clear and convincing I did find the grammar a bit unusual at times people kiss their teeth when annoyed and say please where the word would normally not be appropriate but it added to the Ghanian setting and the magic of the novel.Although there were too many co incidences to my liking, I really enjoyed reading this book The facts that were mingled with the fiction were especially interesting and Ghana is beautifully described, leaving me feeling that I had actually been there A definite 4 star read Uitdieperdsebek There is a lot going on in this novel, not the least of which is its interesting location Ghana is a compelling setting for this book and learning about it was fascinating The story has so much going on, that it becomes almost dizzying Internet scams, police corruption, sexual harassment, fetish priests, affairs, and autistic children is a lot for any plot I enjoyed Emma Djan but didn t feel that I got to know her very well Maybe the series will correct that. This book would translate well to film It has almost everything you need to make a compelling movie 1 Interesting, somewhat complex plot, 2 Exotic locale, 3 Large cast of characters to add some complexity to the story line, 4 Lots of local color and atmosphere, 5 Topical themes of internet scams and of political corruption.This is a mystery thriller set in modern day Ghana Theoretically, the main character is 26 year old Emma Djan, rookie police officer following in her late father This book would translate well to film It has almost everything you need to make a compelling movie 1 Interesting, somewhat complex plot, 2 Exotic locale, 3 Large cast of characters to add some complexity to the story line, 4 Lots of local color and atmosphere, 5 Topical themes of internet scams and of political corruption.This is a mystery thriller set in modern day Ghana Theoretically, the main character is 26 year old Emma Djan, rookie police officer following in her late father s footsteps, who suffers a setback in her career and finds herself dismissed from the police force She lands on her feet with a job at a private detective agency This agency is hired by American Derek Tilson to find his father Gordon, of Washington D.C., missing several weeks since arriving in Ghana, the victim of an elaborate internet romance scam The Ghanaian police department had been informed of Tilson s disappearance but lack of much cooperation and investigation on their part leads Tilson s son to the private agency.That would be the main and titular story of this start to a new series by Ghanaian American author Kwei Quartey, whose Darko Dawson series, also set in Africa, appears to be popular, although I have never read any of the Darko books and cannot give an opinion This is my first book by Quartey and my impression of it is favorable as an entertainment.There s a lot going on and a wide range of characters to keep you interested and on your toes For the first third of the book you may be wondering what all these seemingly disparate happenings in very short chapters have to do with each other, but everything will be tied up neatly by the end.You have political assassinations and government intrigue, undercover investigations, a fetish priest witch doctor and Ghanaian sakawa boys internet scammers , a Ghanaian autism center, corruption in the police force All of this and a bitand told with a good bit of local color and Ghanaian traditions to make the story fun and even informative.Where this fails for me, enough that I ll only go to three stars for its rating, is in the writing It s just good enough to get the story told and that s all Also there are many characters but little character development Every person here is just a bit player in the story even Emma and feels pulled directly from Central Casting I don t feel I really know much about any of the character s real character after the read.If I had enjoyed the way the story was written as much as I enjoyed the story itself, this could have been a 5 star book A lonely widower is befriended on Facebook by a younger Ghanaian woman They become close and he sends her money for her sister His best friend, a dying journalist encourages him and he decides to visit her in Ghana When he arrived, she is nowhere to be found His friend convinces him to investigate sakawa boys, those who create false identities in order to scam money from unwitting westerners The man disappears Emma joined the police force hoping to investigate murders, but the opportunity A lonely widower is befriended on Facebook by a younger Ghanaian woman They become close and he sends her money for her sister His best friend, a dying journalist encourages him and he decides to visit her in Ghana When he arrived, she is nowhere to be found His friend convinces him to investigate sakawa boys, those who create false identities in order to scam money from unwitting westerners The man disappears Emma joined the police force hoping to investigate murders, but the opportunity to join the homicide department came with sexual assault attempt from her boss and so she ends up working as a private investigator for a company in Accra and one of the first cases she is assigned is that of an American trying to find his father, who disappeared a few weeks earlier This is a solid mystery novel The plot is solid and the novel is well paced The author is both Ghanaian and American and so this book is an introduction to life in Ghana, presented with an eye to what Americans don t know Some of the characters and situations were what one expects in a thriller type book but the uniqueness and richness of the setting minimized these elements and as this is the author s first book, there s a good chance this series will become better as it goes


About the Author: Kwei Quartey

Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and retired physician living in Pasadena, California Having practiced medicine forthan 20 years while simultaneously working as a writer, he has attained noteworthy achievements in both fields Dr Quartey balances the two professions by dedicating the early morning hours to writing before beginning a day in his clinic.Kwei Quartey attended medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C In 1990, he began practicing medicine in California with HealthCare Partners Dr Quartey later founded the facility s wound care center while working as an urgent care physician.As a crime fiction writer, Kwei Quartey made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009 The following year, the G.O.G National Book Club awarded him the title of Best Male Author Having published Wife of the Gods and Children of the Street, he is anticipating the release of a third novel in the series, Murder at Cape Three Points, in March 2014 Death at the Voyager Hotel, a mystery e novella not belonging to the series, was published August 2013 Dr Quartey is also a member of the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime, a fiction writers organization.


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