The Missing American

The Missing American Review

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, 26-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.

Title:The Missing American

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  • Susan Johnson

    One of the best things about reading is the chance to visit places you have never been. This book takes us to Ghana where an intrepid young policewoman tries to do her job in the face of rampant corr...

  • OLT

    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 som...

  • Skip

    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...

  • Sarah

    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 int...

  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

    See more of 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 th...

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)

    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...

  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    My first experience with what has become known as an internet scam actually arrived in the form of a snail-mail letter that I received in 1994. The sender advised me that there was 13 million AMD in t...

  • Paula Kaufman

    The title of Kwei Quartey's new book, The Missing American, does not do justice to this first in a new series featuring Emma Djan, former member of the Ghana Police Service turned private detective. I...

  • Cathy Cole

    I have been a fan of Kwei Quartey's Darko Dawson series since the first book, Wife of the Gods. I was thrilled to discover that The Missing American has the same superb sense of place as Quartey's pre...

  • Paula Lyle

    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 goin...