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Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery (Darko Dawson #2)

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In the slums of Accra, Ghana’s fast-moving, cosmopolitan capital, teenagers are turning up dead. Inspector Darko Dawson has seen many crimes, but this latest string of murders—in which all the young victims bear a chilling signature—is the most unsettling of his career. Are these heinous acts a form of ritual killing or the work of a lone, cold-blooded monster? With time r ...more
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Published July 12th 2011 by Random House (first published January 1st 2011)
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Street kids are being murdered and mutilated in Accra, Ghana, with the bodies dumped in filthy locations. Inspector Darko Dawson is assigned the case, and is frustrated that resources are being allocated to more important murders. Darko has a big heart, and is always trying to help the less fortunate. He reaches out for support from many places: a journalist, a professor, street kids, a reformed drug dealer, etc. and slowly sorts through a lengthy and heterogeneous group of suspects. His determi ...more
Mocha Girl
It Takes a Village...

Kwei Quartey's latest novel returns to Ghana, where there is an estimated 60,000 children roaming the streets of Accra and someone is killing them and mutilating their bodies. Detective Darko Dawson is on the case capturing the readers' hearts with his selfless acts of compassion and dedication, caring and sharing when and where many others would not. Children of the Street hones in on an actual, persistent problem of youth from all regions of Ghana converging on its capital
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Martina
Aug 13, 2011 Martina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of good crime novels
Kwei Quartey’s Children of the Street is the sequel to his terrific debut, Wife of the Gods, which introduced Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghana police in Accra. Our Mystery Book Group read the first book in November 2010, and it was very well received. I was eager to read the sequel and was certainly not disappointed. It became a case of despite everything I needed to do, I just sat in my chair and read instead. It was both a police procedural and a very intense psychological thrille ...more
Jessie
Sep 22, 2011 Jessie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves mystery and boooks about different cultures
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Well. What can I say? This is one well-written book. From the beginning, I was drawn in to the subtleties of culture and social issues in Ghana, as well as the brilliant mystery plot. Author Kwei Quartey has outdone himself with this book - it's a treasure, one to be read and highly recommended.

With great insight, author Kwei Quartey brings the children of Accra's streets to life in his latest book, Children of the Street. If you're like me, you haven't read a lot of fiction about or from Ghana
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Chris
My first read of this series and it's book two and I'm hooked for life. Darko Dawson is a cop who spends his own money trying to solve the case. He has a lovely wife and a weakness for weed that could be his undoing. He also has a young son with a hole in his heart who needs surgery soon. Plus he has his boss' nephew working for him. Good plot lines take you into Africa. Good vivid descriptions that show people persevering in the midst of poverty without generating sympathy or pity. Darko is a g ...more
Babydoll
Children of the Street is the thrilling, second installment of the Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery series by Kwei Quartey. Readers are ushered onto the bustling streets of Accra, the capital of Ghana, that consist of an array of orphaned children without shelter and supportive families. The poor children of the street endure great hardship in order to survive daily. By day, the city of Accra resembles a cultivated environment full of successful businesses, endless pedestrians, and impermeable tra ...more
Mira Bluhm
Ich hatte mir eingebildet, ich hätte den ersten Teil dieser Serie, Trokosi, voriges Jahr gelesen. Dann dachte ich, das kann nicht sein, das habe ich ja noch als Taschenbuch, voriges Jahr habe ich schon ausschließlich eBooks gelesen. Also habe ich auf meiner Leseliste nachgesehen, und tatsächlich, ich habe das Buch bereits im August 2011 gelesen.

Krimi ist ja gar nicht mein Genre. Hin und wieder - ganz selten, höchsten ein Mal im Jahr - lese ich dann aber doch einen. Trokosi hat mich damals anges
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Peggy
2nd in the series featuring Darko Dawson, detective with the Ghana Police Service. This one is set entirely in the capital city (Accra) and deals with what turns out to be serial killing of street children. The setting is well-described and my heart ached for these teenagers who have almost no options and little hope. This series is often compared to the Ladies #1 Detective series because of its African setting, but it is far grittier.
Naomi
This book was fantastic on multiple fronts. First the storyline literally sucked me in from page 1. It is absolutely heart-breaking, simply because one knows that this type of violence happens daily, worldwide, against children living on the streets. Second, bottom line, it is just a well-written book. This is def. a new author who I will continue to seek out.
Jackie
Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey is the second in his Inspector Darko Dawson series. It is a wonderful but sad story. Someone is killing the street children in Accra and while these murders are definitely the work of a serial killer; the link between the crimes is very vague. Most serial killers use the same method but this killer changes his methods. Darko is doing his best but the victims have little in common except that their bodies have been mutilated but the mutilation varies with th ...more
Lisa
Loved it! Quartey has built such rich, interesting characters! It's so interesting to learn about Ghana. The mystery was complex and kept me guessing to the end. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Darko and his family in the coming books!
Renee
Sixty thousand--that 60,000--street children in Accra, Ghana. And that's just one city in the world. And it's wrong, all wrong.

Oh, yeah, but this is a mystery/suspense novel. And it's a good one. Quartey is pretty good with the red herrings and he's also done his research. The Ghana police procedures read true. And while you're reading a compelling story, you're also soaking in a whole bunch of information about Ghana, Accra, and street children.

Children of the Street is the second in a series
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Lakis Fourouklas
This is one of those novels that are not so easy to read. Not because of the writing, which is excellent, but because of the subject matter, which is as bleak as it can get.
If I could use just one word to describe this book I would say that it’s a document; the document of a harsh and heart-breaking reality in a brutal place.
The main protagonist in this story is Inspector Darko Dawson, who works for the police force of Ghana’s capital city, Accra. Darko is one of those rare or rather unconvent
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Eugenia O'Neal
When Detective Inspector Darko Dawson is called out to the Korle Lagoon where the near-fingerless body of a homeless boy was found he has no idea that more murders will follow. A killer is preying on the children and others who live on the margins of society in Ghana’s teeming capital city. The mutilated bodies and their disposal in Accra’s dump sites suggest the killer is sending a message but what it is Darko has no idea.

Even as Darko struggles to unravel the mystery before the killer strikes
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Beth

CHILDREN OF THE STREET – Kwei Quartey
Posted on July 27, 2011 by Beth

Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghana Police Service in Accra is called to a polluted lagoon when the body of a young man is discovered, already in a state of decomposition. In the heat of Accra, it is difficult to determine the time of death but it is not difficult to see that he died of a stab wound in the back that destroyed the lung.

The call to the police has come from a nine year-old boy, Sly, who, by calling the authorities,
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Cathy Cole
First Line: A day shy of his seventeenth birthday, Musa was a boy with the survival instincts of a grown man.

If you're a child living on the streets of Accra in Ghana on the west coast of Africa, you have to develop these survival instincts or you will die. There are sixty thousand other homeless street children in Accra. Musa is merely one of many.

When Detective Inspector Darko Dawson is called out to investigate the murder of one such street child in the slum of Agbogbloshie, little does he kn
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Tony
This second in the "Darko Dawson" series (following Wife of the Gods) finds the Ghanaian Detective Inspector roaming the capital city of Accra in search of the serial killer stalking the city's vast population of homeless children and teens. As best one can tell from the available statistics, about 1 in every 100 resident of Accra is a homeless street child, hustling for day-labor work and literally sleeping in the streets. This makes them easy prey for every kind of predator imaginable, especia ...more
George
an interesting story set in an unusual location. worth reading on that level alone. you do get a nice feel for the country and good look at the culture. The story opens very well and remains inventive for the first half of the book. many of the characters are well drawn, including of course, Inspector Dawson himself, who is a very likeable fellow with considerable integrity operating in an enviornment that doesn't always admire that characteristic and a system that has very limited technological ...more
Jain
This isn't the first mystery series I've read in which the initial volume is intensely personal, focusing on how the protagonist became the sort of person compelled to solve crimes. (A painful unsolved crime in the protagonist's past is the usual motivation). Once that's revealed/resolved, the subsequent volumes have to fall back upon mysteries in which the protagonist is less personally invested, and they tend to feel less emotionally resonant by comparison. Quartey does make an effort to furth ...more
Cecilia
This is a murder mystery set in Accra, Ghana, featuring Detective Inspector Darko Dawson. Dawson is on the case of what appears to be a serial killer who murders teenagers who have come from their villages to the capital city to seek a better life and who end up living and sleeping on the city streets. Although the story is fiction, many names of the streets and market places in Accra are real and the daily life of the street children is based on fact. The author spent time researching these pla ...more
Ken
I thought this was a excellent book and a great follow up to his first book. What I like about Kwei books is that it's a history lesson and a travelogue in Ghanaian culture. You also see the character Inspector Darko Dawson as a person that you can easily relate with, Kwei shows that Darko has flaws like all humans. The street children in Ghana are shown in a compassionate way and yet you still feel their pain. You become transfixed by the children's plight of their daily survival and constant s ...more
Anna
This book is about street children in Accra, Ghana. I read it while I was in Ghana which made it more relevant and interesting. If you have ever been there, however, you will find the speed Inspector Darko gets around the city is completely impossible. The traffic in Ghana is not portrayed accurately in this novel.
Ronna
In Kwai Quartey's second Inspector Darko Dawson mystery, street kids in Accra, Ghana are being murdered by a serial murderer.Each child is dumped unceremoniously in filthy places with a body part destroyed in a different way with each child.

Darko's young son, Hosea, is suffering from a heart deformation, and getting sicker while he waits for his parents to get enough money to pay for his surgery. So Darko's heart is tender towards these street kids, but his temper, and desire for marijuana somet
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Karen
I liked this book, but it was an unusual read for me. I'm not a huge mystery fan, and this was a mystery (a serial killer of street teenagers in Accra, Ghana) set in a location that doesn't often appeal to me, either. The author, son of an African-American mother and a Ghanian father, was raised in Accra, and with his varied sources of information noted in the Acknowledgements, apparently has a pretty good grasp of both the police force, medical care, lack of technology, and the plight of thousa ...more
Elizabeth White
I liked this one better than the first, which I gave four stars. Maybe four and a half stars for Children of the Street? Fascinating insights into Ghanaian culture and the plight of street children along with a suburb, well-written mystery.
Charlene
These contemporary mysteries set in Ghana bring the sights, sounds, and lives of Ghanaian street children alive. Det Dawson battles the fear of the policeman as he tries to solve the deaths of 4 street children of Accra, each tossed away as rubbish. Using skill, his connections, and a bit of baksheesh, he finds a killer hiding among ghana's elite. Can't wait for the next installment.
Sandy
It was hard to read about the street children of Accra! Kwei Quartey paints a vivid picture of them as individuals.
Inspector Dawson is such a human being. He is a character with whom I would like to be friends.
Jennifer
This is a very fast-paced mystery I read for my Global Whodunit book group. Set in the seething Ghanaian capital of Accra, detective Darko Dawson is on the case. Street children are being murdered and mutilated, and this hits close to home, as his own son Hosiah is close to the victims' age. Life on the streets is a mean game of survival, so Dawson must rely on some unsavory sorts, and others who seem well-intentioned, but don't really understand the reality of the streets. Plus, Dawson has to c ...more
Adrienna
LFPC November 2012 book read.

This guy is a brilliant mystery writer since the first book in the series, he always chooses a character you least expect, and did it again fo rme. When I think I am close, bam, there it is.

This one I enjoyed to read about the street children and the horrible lifestyles they have to live in Accra, and slums where they end up doing jobs in human trafficking or whatever just to eat. There were some slow parts for me, but overall, this story will stick with me after it
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Melissa
Interesting follow up to Wife of the Gods. I love that the author adds in lots of little mundane details about daily life in Accra- things I would never find out, even as a tourist.
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Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and physician living in Pasadena, California. Having practiced medicine for more than 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 H
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