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Wife of the Gods

A Novel

by Kwei Quartey

Wife of the Gods
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    Jul 2009, 336 pages
    Aug 2010, 336 pages

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The first in a new hard-boiled mystery series set in the West-African country of Ghana

Kwei Quartey's first novel, Wife of the Gods, is a dark, edgy mystery that's almost gritty enough to be considered noir.  The book is a marvelous detective procedural; its complex plot includes a plethora of suspects and clues that will keep readers guessing the murderer's identity until the inevitable confrontation at the book's climax.  The main character, Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, relies on deduction and observation to solve the crime at the heart of the book.  There's no room for guesswork or coincidence in this novel; it remains eminently logical until its very satisfying conclusion.

Ghana is a country in the midst of rapid change, and Quartey takes full advantage of the friction caused by this change to add another, deeper layer to Wife of the Gods.  The conflict between the old and the new is a constant theme running throughout ...


Ghana is located on West Africa's Gulf of Guinea only a few degrees north of the Equator (map). The country's 23 million people are concentrated along the coast and in the principal cities of Accra and Kumasi. Ethnically, Ghana is divided into small groups speaking more than 50 languages and dialects. English, the official and commercial language, is taught in all the schools.

By West African standards, Ghana has a relatively diverse and rich natural resource base. Minerals, principally gold, diamonds, manganese ore, and bauxite, are produced and exported. In 2007, a major oil discovery off the coast of Ghana led to the entry of a number of multinational companies. Timber and marine resources are important but declining.  Agriculture remains a mainstay of the economy, accounting for more than one-third of GDP and about 55% of formal employment.


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