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- Print Length: 338 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st Unabridged edition (July 8, 2009)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2009
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002GPGZ1K
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Wife of the Gods is a gem. Memorable fiction is always about discovery, and this fascinating debut delivers much that is new. Kwei Quartey contrasts the modern against the ancient while portraying his native West Africa in a way that is always fresh and alluring. He introduces us to people we don’t know who live a culture we’ve never imagined, and he manages to offer the most elusive of fabulist gifts…an engrossing story we haven’t heard.”—Stephen White, author of The Siege
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One of AudioFile magazine's Golden Voices, Simon Prebble has received over twenty Earphones Awards and five Listen-Up Awards, and he has been a finalist fourteen times for an Audie Award. In 2006, Publishers Weekly named him Narrator of the Year, and he was named Booklist's 2010 Voice of Choice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As the book went on I could never figure out who killed her. Well, I did guess the right person. I just couldn't come up with their motive or motives for murder. While Dawson hunts down Gladys Mensha's killer, he also contends with problems at home. His son has a hole in his heart and needs treatment. It is during this situation that Dawson's flaw in character shows up. When a medicine healer is careless while giving treatment to Christine and Dawson's son, Dawson flips out. His way of reacting seems over the top.
I did like the fact that the detective/policeman wasn't perfect. At the same time, I wanted Dawson to quickly take anger management classes. In the novel, there are other police officers who seem to have anger problems. In this instance, I felt sickened by the way Samuel is treated after he is arrested and jailed. He is almost forced to make a confession of guilt. His treatment is ghastly. Is the way we get statements from people in some police precincts here or abroad so reckless and brutal? I pray not. Samuel is one of the unforgettable characters in the novel.
I think most of the incidents in Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey are quite serious and not to be flipped over. He gives so much information about family life, religion and justice in Africa. I look forward to heading back there with Kwei Quartey and eating cooked plaintains along the way in another mystery.kweiquartey.com/
The novels title, 'Wife of the Gods', refers to a local tradition, the "trokosi": young girls are "offered" to the fetish priest to sacrifice their lives at the religious shrine to atone for a crime comitted by one member of their family. When they are old enough, the young women serve the priest in every way and bear his children. Gladys Mensah, a volunteer with the Ghana Health Service, has been supporting the "wives" in whatever way possible. The spread of AIDS is one serious concern to her. One day Gladys is found dead in the forest and DI Darko Dawson is sent from Accra to ensure that the guilty person is convicted of the crime...
Darko is a personable sort of character, a family man, usually jovial, yet with a few flaws of character, and his own sense of justice - sometimes. His assignment takes him back to that forest of his childhood nightmares and Ketanu, the village that he had not visited in 25 years, since his mother didn't return from a stay at her sister's place there. There is much ground to cover in this novel, starting with the murder suspects, the victim and her environment, and the fetish priest, his "trokosi" and their surroundings to the actual details of the murder investigation. While, understandably in a cross-genre novel like this, not all aspects can be covered with as much detail or depth as I for one would have liked, Quartey does provide good insights into the conflicts that are affecting remote rural communities like Ketanu. At the same time, I found the essence of the murder mystery component less satisfactory. After some detractions and sidelining leads, Dawson seems to be less smart than the reader in identifying the real culprit. The ending was predictable and somewhat disappointing for me. Still, this being Quartey's first foray into the world of fiction and murder mysteries, I look forward to the next adventure of DI Dawson. [Friederike Knabe]