Gold of Our Fathers

Gold of Our Fathers

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Darko Dawson has just been promoted to Chief Inspector in the Ghana Police Service-- the promotion even comes with a (rather modest) salary bump. But he doesn't have long to celebrate, because his new boss is transferring him from Accra, Ghana's capital, out to remote Obuasi, in the Ashanti region, an area now notorious for the illegal exploitation of its gold mines. When Dawson arrives at the Obusai headquarters, he finds it in complete disarray. The office is a mess of uncatalogued evidence and cold case files, morale is low, and discipline among officers is lax. Dawson is beginning to see how much work is cut out for him when he sets out to investigate his first homicide case, on only his second day on the job. A body has been unearthed in one of the gold quarries-- the man who owned the mine, a Chinese immigrant named Bao Liu, one of many who have flocked to the Ashanti region to work the alluvial gold mines. The list of potential suspects is a long one, and Dawson must pursue it alone, because he can't trust his sergeant partner. He learns very quickly how dangerous it is to pursue justice in this kingdom of illegal gold mines, where the worst offenders have so much money they have no fear of the law.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781616956301
Branch Call Number: QUARTEY
Characteristics: xi, 348 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Mar 26, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I hadn't read a fiction book in a long time and was looking for something "entertaining" but that would also teach me about history and culture. This book did just that: I learned about mining in Ghana, a bit about culture in Ghana, and was transported to a different place for a short while.

Jul 23, 2017

I picked this up when the bookmobile came, not realizing it was the 4th in a series. My strong preference is to begin with the 1st, but enough backstory was given that I didn't feel lost. I like police procedurals, which this is, especially when they also give information on the detective's family life. I also enjoy learning about a cultural setting new to me. Darko Dawson is a man of integrity in a culture full of corruption, Ghana being taken advantage of, in this case, by rich Chinese who illegally dig for gold, aided and abetted by rich Westerners, all without any concern for the cost to the environment. I will definitely go back and read the first 3 in the series. Highly recommended.

Aug 12, 2016

This novel made me very curious about Ghana, it's culture and the way of life there. Illegal gold mining and a corrupt system make an interesting scenario for a murder mystery.

Jul 06, 2016

Who knew that Ghana is a major source of illegal gold and that people from other countries are devastating the forests to get it? Darko Dawson is taking on his new job--picking up the pieces after the head of the CID in Obuasi dies, leaving stacks of work in his office. However, all is not boring paperwork. There are murders to solve and thieves stealing gold. Again Quartey's background of the culture and description of the country made me feel as though I am there as Darko deals with his family, co-workers, and bad guys. This series gets better with each book.

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