Cover of: Wife of the gods | Kwei J. Quartey

Wife of the gods

a novel

Published by Thorndike Press in Waterville, Me .
Written in English.

About the Book

Lyrical and captivating, Kwei Quartey's debut novel brings to life the majesty and charm of Ghana--from the capital city of Accra to a small community where long-buried secrets are about to rise to the surface.In a shady grove outside the small town of Ketanu, a young woman--a promising med student--has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. Eager to close the case, the local police have arrested a poor, enamored teenage boy and charged him with murder. Needless to say, they are less than thrilled when an outside force arrives from the big city to lead an inquiry into the baffling case.Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, fluent in Ketanu's indigenous language, is the right man for the job, but he hates the idea of leaving his loving wife and young son, a plucky kid with a defective heart. Pressured by his cantankerous boss, Dawson agrees to travel to Ketanu, sort through the evidence, and tie up the loose ends as quickly and as efficiently as possible. But 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 sudden, inexplicable disappearance. Dawson is armed with remarkable insight and a healthy dose of skepticism, but these gifts, sometimes overshadowed by his mercurial temper, may not be enough to solve this haunting mystery. In Ketanu, he finds that his cosmopolitan sensibilities clash with age-old customs, including a disturbing practice in which teenage girls are offered by their families to fetish priests as trokosi, or Wives of the Gods.This is a compelling and unique mystery, enriched by an exotic setting and a vivid cast. And Inspector Darko Dawson--dedicated family man, rebel in the office, and ace in the field--is one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years.From the Hardcover edition.

Edition Notes

Series
Thorndike Press large print reviewers choice
Genre
Fiction

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.6
Library of Congress
PS3617.U37 W54 2009b

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23398043M
Internet Archive
isbn_9781410419798
ISBN 10
1410419797
ISBN 13
9781410419798
LC Control Number
2009023249
OCLC/WorldCat
373561711
Library Thing
7563634
Goodreads
7290675
Borrow Preview

Check your local library


Buy this book

Amazon $4.08 (used)
Better World Books $3.48 (used)

History

Download catalog record: RDF / JSON / OPDS
June 11, 2017 Edited by ImportBot import new book
April 26, 2011 Edited by OCLC Bot Added OCLC numbers.
August 19, 2010 Edited by IdentifierBot added LibraryThing ID
April 24, 2010 Edited by Open Library Bot Fixed duplicate goodreads IDs.
June 11, 2009 Created by ImportBot Initial record created, from Library of Congress MARC record.