Harry Bennett Branch Book Discussion via Zoom: The Missing American by Kwei Quartey

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The Missing American by Kwei Quartey

A 2021 Edgar Nominee for Best Novel

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, D.C., 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, the 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.