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Wife of the gods : a novel
Kwei Quartey
Adult Fiction QUARTEY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The murder of a young med student brings Det. Insp. Darko Dawson from his police department in Ghana's capital, Accra, to the smalltown of Ketanu, where some dark secrets of his own lie buried. In returning to this familiar landscape, Dawson looks to solve this murder as well as unlock the secrets surrounding the disappearance of his mother so many years ago. Quartey delivers an intriguing and enjoyable mystery set against the backdrop of a Ghana in turmoil over its changing cultural values, from its traditional roots into a disconnected, modernized world. With a crisp English accent and deep but deliberate projection, Simon Prebble is a boon to any production. He creates clear and distinct voices that make it easy to follow the different speaking roles, regardless of the African names that listeners may not be familiar with. His narration is consistent and compelling in his rhythm and emphasis, and blends beautifully with Quartey's style. A Random hardcover. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ghana-born Quartey's debut novel is a mature, richly plotted mystery with a fully rounded protagonist who compares favorably with the best in modern detective fiction. When Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of Ghana's Criminal Investigation Division goes upcountry to investigate a murder, he confronts a powerful traditional belief system, a brutal local police chief, and a troubling mystery in his own family. Eleven-time Audie Award nominee Simon Prebble's consistently strong narration is a joy to hear. Highly recommended. [The Random hc also received a starred review, LJ 5/15/09; Quartey's second Darko Dawson title, Children of the Street, is scheduled to be published in 2011.-Ed.]-R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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