This is the follow up to Quartey’s series debut, The Missing American, which, while excellent, was at times almost needlessly complicated. The star of the book in every way was Emma Djan, who lives in Ghana and has left the police force to work for a private investigation firm. She’s a fully realized, complex, nuanced and charming character, and as a reader you are with her at every plot turn.
This book felt much stronger to me, the plot was more streamlined (though still entertainingly tricky), and while Quartey always infused his stories with some real heartbreak he is also a wonderful pure mystery writer. The clues are fair and well laid.