The Missing American
A 2021 Edgar Nominee for Best Novel
Accra private investigator Emma Djan's first missing persons case will lead her to the darkest depths of the email scams and fetish priests in Ghana, the world's Internet capital.
When her dreams of rising through the Accra police ranks like her late father crash around her, 26-year-old Emma Djan is unsure what will become of her career. Through a sympathetic former colleague, Emma gets an interview with a private detective agency that takes on cases of missing persons, theft, and infidelity. It’s not the future she imagined, but it’s her best option.
Meanwhile, Gordon Tilson, a middle-aged widower in Washington, DC, has found solace in an online community after his wife’s passing. Through the support group, he’s even met a young Ghanaian widow he’s come to care about. When her sister gets into a car accident, he sends her thousands of dollars to cover the hospital bill—to the horror of his only son, Derek. Then Gordon decides to surprise his new love by paying her a visit—and disappears. Fearing for his father’s life, Derek follows him across the world to Ghana, Internet capital of the world, where he and Emma will find themselves deep in a world of sakawa scams, fetish priests, and those willing to kill to protect their secrets.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - streamsong - LibraryThing
This is one of the more interesting mysteries that I have read in a long while. We’re flung head first into the social niceties of Ghana when an American flies to Ghana, believing that he has found ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - msf59 - LibraryThing
I do not read as much crime fiction, as I used to. I read a steady diet of it, in the 80s and 90s but I like reading one, now and then and this crime novel, the first in a series, was quite enjoyable ... Read full review