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The Missing American

(2020)
(The first book in the Emma Djan series)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"The Missing American is diabolically plotted and elegantly written. An atmospheric, heart-pounding mystery that just may be Quartey's best--and that's saying a lot." - Stephen Mack Jones

"Mr. Quartey combines African internet scams, a menacing juju priest and political corruption with a cast of unforgettable characters, led by the formidable young Emma, who could easily become my favorite new detective. The sounds, sights, troubles and aspirations of modern-day Ghana are revealed with an unsparing eye and an understanding heart." - Michael Sears

"In this twisty page-turner featuring an appealing new protagonist, Kwei Quartey delves into the dark domain of the Ghanaian internet fraudsters. The 'sakawa boys' play their victims like game fish, but they are only part of a vicious web of corruption and witchcraft that reaches all the way to the top. Rich with the colors of Ghana, this is great Sunshine Noir." - Michael Stanley


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January 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Missing American (An Emma Djan Investigation)
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
ISBN: 1-64129-070-6 / 978-1-64129-070-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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Paperback Editions

January 1900 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Missing American (An Emma Djan Investigation)
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
ISBN: 1-64129-212-1 / 978-1-64129-212-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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July 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Missing American (Ghana Mysteries, 1)
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
ISBN: 0-7490-2573-5 / 978-0-7490-2573-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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January 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Missing American (Emma Djan 1) (Ghana Mysteries, 1)
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
ISBN: 0-7490-2507-7 / 978-0-7490-2507-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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Audio Editions

August 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Missing American
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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August 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Missing American
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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July 2020 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Missing American
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
ISBN: 1-00-400190-8 / 978-1-00-400190-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: W F Howes Ltd
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March 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Missing American
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
ISBN: 1-66448-924-X / 978-1-66448-924-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing
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January 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Missing American
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
Publisher: Recorded Books
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January 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Missing American
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Missing American (An Emma Djan Investigation Book 1)
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
Publisher: Soho Crime
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January 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Missing American: The page-turning Ghanaian crime novel (Emma Djan Book 1)
Author(s): Kwei Quartey
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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