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The Missing American

(Emma Djan Investigation #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Soho Crime
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Susan Johnson
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 corruption and even sexual harassment. When she stands up for herself she is fired but bounces back as a private investigator.
Her first case is the missing American who has visited Ghana to visit a woman he met on-line but discovers he has been defrauded for money. He disappears when he tries to find
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OLT
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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The 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 much more of a serious crime story than the better known Alexander McCall Smith cosy series, but I
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Paula Kaufman
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 am a fan of mysteries set in countries outside of the U.S. and I have read and admired Quartey's previous Darko Dawson series. The Missing American far exceeds his previous efforts. Emma is a complex character who engages in a complicated set of scams, crimes, and murders that take the reader deep ...more
Jean
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will link to review when published.
Tonstant Weader
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The Missing American is Gordon Tillson who met the love of his life while working in Ghana in the Peace Corps. When his beloved wife dies of cancer, he mourns her for years and becomes a fixture in a Facebook group for the bereaved. He has a type, a Ghanaian woman connects with him on Facebook and he begins to fall for her. He also has a one-night tryst with a Ghanaian woman who is in D.C. for a fundraiser, the wife the head of the national police force. When his son, Dexter, confronts him about ...more
Cathy Cole
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 previous series. Readers can feel as though they're actually in Ghana while they read; the landscape, weather, people, food, and culture give the story a richness that I find irresistible.

Although I loved reading this book, I did find it a bit bloated with a lot of "irons in the fire." Internet scams,
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Candace
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Djan is a neat, smart, thoughtful policewoman, trying to maintain her focus and morals in the midst of the swirling chaos that is Accra, Ghana. Her father was a policeman, but she's off the force once she refuses her superior's advances. Fortunately, she is recommended to a private investigator who appreciates her initiative and imagination.

Her first case is to find what happened to an American named Gordon Tilson, who came to Ghana to meet a woman he met online. Of course, there is no
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Bookworm LLC
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a new series that is set in Ghana introducing Emma Djan. She has turned to private investigation due to the fact that her police career is over.

When a former colleague manages to get her an interview with a detective agency Emma realizes she has an opportunity to salvage her career.

Gordon Tilson enters the story looking for comfort in an online support group after the death of his wife. Through this group Gordon meets a young widow and quickly befriends her. He even sends her money to
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Marilyn
THE MISSING AMERICAN by Kwei Quartey. Gordon Tilson, a retired widower, thinks he's found a new love through an online senior dating site. Helena is Ghahaian like his dead wife, and when she mentions a family emergency they can't afford, he's happy to send her the money. Gordon goes to Ghana to meet Helena and discovers that she doesn't exist. He's been the victim of a widespread scam that involves people in every social strata. Angry, Gordon starts to ask questions, and soon he's gone missing. ...more
Patti
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new series that is set in Ghana introducing Emma Djan. She has turned to private investigation due to the fact that her police career is over.

When a former colleague manages to get her an interview with a detective agency Emma realizes she has an opportunity to salvage her career.

Gordon Tilson enters the story looking for comfort in an online support group after the death of his wife. Through this group Gordon meets a young widow and quickly befriends her. He even sends her money to
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Martina
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a new series from Kwei Quartey featuring private investigator Emma Djan. I just love Quartey's Darko Dawson series which is set in Ghana, and so glad that the new series is also set there. Many thanks to @sohocrime @soho_press for the advance readers copy of the book. It will be published on January 14, 2020.

Emma Djan was in the police force, following her father's career. She leaves the force and is offered a position with a private detective agency which she accepts. The
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Jen
Review to follow in the Library Journal.

This is the first in a series.
Mhd
Jan 03, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Found this book in BookPage Jan 2020.
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Not very well written, but adequately entertaining.
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Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and retired 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
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