The return of Ghanaian detective Darko Dawson is a very welcome one. I enjoyed Quartey’s first two novels in the series very much and I’m grateful to Soho Press for giving him a new home. Quartey, born in Ghana to an American and a Ghanian, has ended up in L.A. but his heart remains in Ghana and it’s on his sleeve as he relates the adventures of Detective Darko.
Darko is happily married and has a son with a heart condition – in the first two books his condition was worsening, and the Dawsons had no way to pay for surgery. That problem has been overcome as the book opens with little Hosiah recovering well with his anxious parents looking on. That’s a relief for all (including this reader) but Darko is called away from his son’s bedside before his leave is up to attend to a case in another city.