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The Ivy is pleased to welcome Kwei Quartey in conversation with Sujata Massey to discuss Quartey’s new book The Missing American.
While Kwei is the author of five novels in the critically acclaimed Darko Dawson series, The Missing American is the first installment in a new series set in Ghana and featuring a strong new heroine, Emma Djan. The Missing American follows 26-year-old Emma as she works with an American man named Derek to find his father, Gordon, a middle-aged widower from Washington DC who vanishes upon traveling to Ghana to meet a young widow that he's fallen in love with via an online support community. The case drags both Emma and Derek into a world of sakawa scams, questionable priests, and those willing to keep things secret through death. This book is perfect for fans of thrillers, armchair travel, and African literature and culture, and will resonate well with readers of Michael Stanley and Donna Leon.
Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and retired physician based in Pasadena, California. Quartey was born in Ghana, West Africa, to a Ghanaian father and a black American mother, both of whom were lecturers at the University of Ghana. His novel Wife of the Gods made the Los Angeles Times bestseller list in 2009. The following year, the National Book Club voted him Best Male Author. He has two mystery series set in Ghana: the Detective Inspector Darko Dawson investigations and the Emma Djan investigations.
Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a full-time novelist. The first Perveen Mistry novel, The Widows of Malabar Hill, was an international bestseller and won the Agatha, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark Awards. Visit her website at sujatamassey.com.
TIME & DATE
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:00pm