The missing American / Kwei Quartey.

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      Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • ABNT:
      QUARTEY, K. The missing American. [s. l.]: Soho Crime, 2020. ISBN 9781641290708. Disponível em: Acesso em: 1 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Quartey K. The Missing American. Soho Crime; 2020. Accessed October 1, 2020.
    • APA:
      Quartey, K. (2020). The missing American. Soho Crime.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Quartey, Kwei. 2020. The Missing American. The Emma Djan Mysteries. Soho Crime.
    • Harvard:
      Quartey, K. (2020) The missing American. Soho Crime (The Emma Djan mysteries). Available at: (Accessed: 1 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Quartey, K 2020, The missing American, The Emma Djan mysteries, Soho Crime, viewed 1 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Quartey, Kwei. The Missing American. Soho Crime, 2020. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Quartey, Kwei. The Missing American. The Emma Djan Mysteries. Soho Crime, 2020.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Quartey K. The missing American [Internet]. Soho Crime; 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 1]. (The Emma Djan mysteries). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1

*Starred Review* Fans of Quartey's Darko Dawson series ready for another armchair visit to Ghana will be pleased to meet Emma Djan, introduced here in the same riveting blend of mystery a literary travel guide. After a horrifying #MeToo moment brings an abrupt end to Emma's police career, she is taken on by a private detective agency. Infatuated middle-aged widower Gordon Tilson sends money to a young Ghanaian woman he met online when she tells him her sister has been in a car accident. He then flies off to Ghana to meet her in person, only to find he has fallen prey to an online scam and subsequently finds himself caught up in the deadly world of sakawa, a bizarre underground of con men who believe themselves armed with special spiritual powers bestowed by fetish priests. Tilson's son is concerned when he loses contact and reports the missing American to the police, who do nothing, so he employs Emma's agency. There is an amazing force to be reckoned with behind her veil of politeness, and readers will want to hear more from Emma. Unlike Mma Ramotswe in McCall Smith's celebrated series, Emma experiences violence and encounters dangerous criminals, but, like her Botswana sister, she is driven by a determination to honor her late father and is surrounded by an equally appealing cast of characters. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 August

Born in Ghana and raised by an African American mother and a Ghanaian father, Quartey launches a new series following his Darko Dawson mysteries. Again set in Accra, Ghana, it stars 26-year-old Emma Djan, who settles for a job at a private detective agency after realizing that she won't make it as a cop like her dad. Here, a middle-aged widower from Washington, DC, has come to Accra in search of the Ghanaian widow he has met in an online support group, and now he's missing.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2019 December

In Accra, Ghana's capitol, Emma Djan has wanted to be a homicide detective since she was a small child visiting her father at his police station. Upon entering the police force, she gets stuck in a tedious and unimportant department with no hopes of promotion. She ends up leaving in disgrace to find a more exciting position in a private detective agency. Her first case is steeped in political intrigue—locate Gordon Tilson, a missing American man who was investigating internet scams being run by groups known as sakwa boys. Emma must untangle the web of sex, lies, and deceit in the political and police systems in order to find the missing American. Quartey's writing is visceral, with lush descriptions of the scenes as well as his (large) cast of characters. VERDICT This promising series debut from the acclaimed Quartey ("Darko Dawson" mysteries) introduces the formidable Emma, and most important, the culture and politics of Ghana. Recommended for readers of mystery, African American and African fiction, and international crime/mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]—Jennifer Funk, McKendree Univ. Lib., Lebanon, IL

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 November #3

At the start of this solid series launch from Quartey (the Darko Dawson series), a sniper assassinates Bernard Evans-Aidoo, a Ghanaian presidential candidate campaigning on an anti-corruption platform. Meanwhile, the hopes of 26-year-old Emma Djan, a detective constable in Accra, to become a homicide detective like her late father are dashed after she resists the advances of the sleazy commissioner of police, who offered her a transfer to the murder squad in return for sex; the commissioner then has her fired on trumped up charges. After doing some other work, Emma leaps at the opportunity to join a PI firm, which involves her in a complex missing person's case. American Gordon Tilson, a lonely widower, was lured to Ghana by Helena, an online scam artist who pretended to be interested in him romantically and accepted thousands from him to pay her sister's supposed medical bills. Soon after Tilson decided to try to seek justice, he disappeared. Quartey keeps readers guessing as to whether and how the political murder is linked to the Tilson case. Readers will welcome Emma into the ranks of capable female detectives. Agent: Marly Rusoff, Marly Rusoff Literary. (Jan.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.