Gold of Our Fathers

Gold of Our Fathers

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Darko Dawson, Chief Inspector in the Ghana police service, returns in this atmospheric crime series often compared to Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels.

Darko Dawson has just been promoted to Chief Inspector in the Ghana Police Service—the promotion even comes with a (rather modest) salary bump. But he doesn’t have long to celebrate because his new boss is transferring him from Accra, Ghana’s capital, out to remote Obuasi in the Ashanti region, an area now notorious for the illegal exploitation of its gold mines.

When Dawson arrives at the Obuasi headquarters, he finds it in complete disarray. The office is a mess of uncatalogued evidence and cold case files, morale is low, and discipline among officers is lax. On only his second day on the job, the body of a Chinese mine owner is unearthed in his own gold quarry. As Dawson investigates the case, he quickly learns how dangerous it is to pursue justice in this kingdom of illegal gold mines, where the worst offenders have so much money they have no fear of the law.

Baker & Taylor
Transferred to Ghana's remote Ashanti region, Chief Inspector Dawson has to overcome the headquarters' poor morale and organization while investigating the murder of a Chinese mine owner in the face of wealthy and powerful adversaries.

Baker
& Taylor

"Darko Dawson has just been promoted to Chief Inspector in the Ghana Police Service--the promotion even comes with a (rather modest) salary bump. But he doesn't have long to celebrate, because his new boss is transferring him from Accra, Ghana's capital,out to remote Obuasi, in the Ashanti region, an area now notorious for the illegal exploitation of its gold mines. The assignment will last at least a year, meaning Dawson has the unpleasant choice of uprooting his entire family or making do without them. Worst of all, when Dawson arrives at the Obusai headquarters, he finds it in complete disarray. The office is a mess of uncatalogued evidence and cold case files, morale is low, and discipline among officers is lax. Dawson is beginning to see how much work is cut out for him when he sets out to investigate his first homicide case, on only his second day on the job. A body has been unearthed in one of the gold quarries--the man who owned the mine, a Chinese immigrant named Bao Liu, one of many who have flocked to the Ashanti region to work the alluvial gold mines. The list of potential suspects is a long one, and Dawson must pursue it alone, because he can't trust his sergeant partner. He learns very quickly how dangerous it is to pursue justice in thiskingdom of illegal gold mines, where the worst offenders have so much money they have no fear of the law"--
Transferred to Ghana's remote Ashanti region, Chief Inspector Dawson is challenged to overcome the headquarters' poor morale and organization while investigating the murder of a Chinese mine owner in the face of wealthy and powerful adversaries. By the author of Wife of the Gods.

Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, c2016
ISBN: 9781616956301
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY QUA
Characteristics: xi, 348 p. :,map ;,22 cm.

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Mystery. In the fourth installment of the Inspector Darko Dawson mysteries, Dawson has been newly promoted to Chief Inspector of the Ghana Police Service. With promotion comes a new posting to remote Obuasi in the Ashanti gold mining region. Many illegal gold mining operations in this area provid... Read More »


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DorisWaggoner
Jul 23, 2017

I picked this up when the bookmobile came, not realizing it was the 4th in a series. My strong preference is to begin with the 1st, but enough backstory was given that I didn't feel lost. I like police procedurals, which this is, especially when they also give information on the detective's family life. I also enjoy learning about a cultural setting new to me. Darko Dawson is a man of integrity in a culture full of corruption, Ghana being taken advantage of, in this case, by rich Chinese who illegally dig for gold, aided and abetted by rich Westerners, all without any concern for the cost to the environment. I will definitely go back and read the first 3 in the series. Highly recommended.

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badidea
Aug 12, 2016

This novel made me very curious about Ghana, it's culture and the way of life there. Illegal gold mining and a corrupt system make an interesting scenario for a murder mystery.

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Roundcat
Jul 06, 2016

Who knew that Ghana is a major source of illegal gold and that people from other countries are devastating the forests to get it? Darko Dawson is taking on his new job--picking up the pieces after the head of the CID in Obuasi dies, leaving stacks of work in his office. However, all is not boring paperwork. There are murders to solve and thieves stealing gold. Again Quartey's background of the culture and description of the country made me feel as though I am there as Darko deals with his family, co-workers, and bad guys. This series gets better with each book.

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