Gold of Our Fathers

Gold of Our Fathers

Kwei Quartey / Jan 25, 2020

Gold of Our Fathers Darko Dawson Chief Inspector in the Ghana police service returns in this atmospheric crime series often compared to Alexander McCall Smith s The No Ladies Detective Agency novels Darko Dawson has

  • Title: Gold of Our Fathers
  • Author: Kwei Quartey
  • ISBN: 9781616956318
  • Page: 323
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 becauseDarko 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.

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      • Kwei Quartey

        Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and physician living in Pasadena, California Having practiced medicine for than 20 years while simultaneously working as a writer, he has attained noteworthy achievements in both fields Dr Quartey balances the two professions by dedicating the early morning hours to writing before beginning a day in his clinic.Kwei Quartey attended medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C In 1990, he began practicing medicine in California with HealthCare Partners Dr Quartey later founded the facility s wound care center while working as an urgent care physician.As a crime fiction writer, Kwei Quartey made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009 The following year, the G.O.G National Book Club awarded him the title of Best Male Author Having published Wife of the Gods and Children of the Street, he is anticipating the release of a third novel in the series, Murder at Cape Three Points, in March 2014 Death at the Voyager Hotel, a mystery e novella not belonging to the series, was published August 2013 Dr Quartey is also a member of the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime, a fiction writers organization.


    1. One of the reasons I read a book is to learn about places and culture that are different than mine. Mystery series seem to provide these wonderfully. I had never thought about Botswana until I read Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful series "The Ladies Number 1 Detective Agency". C.J. Sansom has taken me through a lawyer's eyes the times of Henry VIII. And now Quartey has taken me to Ghana, a place I couldn't find on a map. All I knew is that it's in Africa. I loved this book. Dorko Dawson is a C [...]

    2. Darko Dawson has been promoted to Chief Inspector, but is reassigned from urban Accra in Ghana to a rural Obusai in the Ashanti region. He finds a backward police department, but is immediately dispatched to investigate the murder of a Chinese national running one of the many illegal gold mines there. Suspects are numerous, and once again Darko finds himself at odds with his bosses, the press, gold mining competitors, and even the Ministry charged with overseeing mining. Meanwhile, his family li [...]

    3. 3.5 stars. Didn't like it as well as the previous Darko Dawson books. A little too much wandering around without any real vision of the crime and the connections between the myriad of suspects.

    4. I’m not sure how to rate this. I loved the mystery. Learning about the gold mines was really fascinating. The characters were interesting however the story was a bit all over the place. I don’t know if it was the time skipping ahead or the “b” plot.

    5. Kwei Quartey’s murder mystery, Gold of our Fathers, leaves the reader with a possible question—“can an actual murder be divorced from its environment?” The answer is a resounding no, although in some examples of the genre, the actual deed seems to exist as a discrete event. The solution thereof then seems to take on a life of its own seemingly in a bubble marked “crime solution events”. In contrast, this novel establishes at the outset, an illegal milieu—the pit mining (for gold) o [...]

    6. Darko Dawson has been promoted but that’s not necessarily a good thing. He’s now a Chief Inspector but he’s getting moved to Obusai in the remote Ashanti region. That means that his wife has to give up her job just after she has gotten a promotion and his sons have to change schools. He’s barely there a day when there is a murder of a Chinese national running one of the many illegal gold mines. With a murder to investigate Darko is busy investigating but the Obusai office needs his atten [...]

    7. This is a book in which I found the setting more interesting than the plot. The picture of Ghana and the relationship between the Chinese gold miners, the local mine workers and the farmers dispossessed by the mines is fascinating and laden with racist and cultural conflicts. The challenges of policing in a poverty stricken country whose institutions lack basic resources (not enough police cars or personnel, intermittent phone and electrical service for starters), and are rife with corruption ar [...]

    8. The story line has a twist as well as an "I saw that coming". The author brings so much of Ghana to life with plenty of detail about every day life, customs, attitudes, and the all important relationships. The protagonist is all too human when compared to the American authors who create "lone ranger" style detectives. This is an ordinary man who does his job well, is self-reflective, deeply cares about his family, and has unwavering integrity. American readers who have not traveled outside the U [...]

    9. I originally picked up a book in this series because I had a friend from Ghana and wanted to learn a little more about his culture. I did enjoy learning more about Ghana but felt the mystery was a bit thin and predictable. So I was pleasantly surprised with this book because beyond satisfying my itch to learn more about Ghana and African culture I felt the story was stronger and the characters had taken on added depth. If you enjoy a good mystery and prefer to explore the world from the comfort [...]

    10. While Gold of Our Fathers is best read in succession with the first three Darko Dawson books instead of as a standalone novel, its particular merit lies in the compelling representation of the relationship, at turns symbiotic and antagonistic, between two non-Western countries. By exposing U.S. readers to hitherto marginalized geopolitics, Gold of Our Fathers highlights the complexities of the commodities market and educates the reader through an insightful perspective on both African and Chines [...]

    11. Darko Dawson has been promoted to Chief Inspector in the Ghana Police Service. He is married with two sons. Almost immediately, his new boss transfers him to another district far enough away that he won't be able to travel home very often. His wife and he decide they must all move together for the one year posting. When Dawson starts work in his new office, he is dismayed to discover the disarray. On his second day at work, he is called to investigate the murder of a Chinese mine owner. Having t [...]

    12. I read this to satisfy a 2018 Read Harder requirement - a genre book written by a POC about a POC character. The mystery by a half-Ghanaian author is set in Ghana, and was a competent mystery (4th in a series) with a setting that figured into the crime being investigated - the murder of an illegal Chinese gold mine operator. Learning something about the trouble Ghana has with the illegal mines, which destroy the landscape, kept things interesting. The set up of the small villages, obeisance to c [...]

    13. It has been exciting reading a mystery about two major cultural groups, the Chinese and the Africans. If I count Granger, I would have to add Americans also. I am especially thinking about the Okoh family. How painful to have one son murdered while another son goes to prison for murdering the killer of his brother. It's heartbreaking to read about the mother of Amos caring for her grandchild. His daddy is gone forever. The whole family is in pain. Of course, I'm also thinking about greed and cor [...]

    14. Chief Inspector Darko Dawson is transferred from Accarra, Ghana to the smaller town of Obuashi. He is called on to investigate the murder of a Chinese man who was found buried in the gold mining camp that he and his brother ran There are a lot of issues with illegal immigrants working in the gold mines for very little wages and Darko feels this may be a related crime. Then he finds out that the murdered man had himself killed a Ghanian farmer's son who lived next to his camp. This begins a long [...]

    15. I gobbled this book up. I have enjoyed all of the Darko Dawson mystery novels, and this one was no exception. However, it felt like the reading equivalent to eating an entire family size bag of potato chips: delicious and fun, but no nutritional value at all.[Okay, that last sentence might be unfair. Perhaps a fun read can be nutritional for the sake of making you laugh, relieving stress, etc. Who am I to say what is good for someone? However, the intent of that sentence was to express how the b [...]

    16. I've read the last three books of this series now and look forward to the next one coming out later this summer. Our own library does not get them but I have purchased them from Better World Books. As many others have commented, it is good to read about a different part of the world from someone who knows it well. I wonder if Ghana is really such a place of corruption and poverty and poor infrastructure. Darko Dawson fights his temptations with women and wee but he is uncorrupted and looks out f [...]

    17. Fifth book in this series - and I've read them all. Interested in reading stories set in Ghana, a country I have visited. This book explores the uneasy and exploititive between local miners and Chinese mine owners - and the corrupt officials who are paid off as the natural environment is destroyed. Good characters, good, fascinating story.

    18. Darko is investigating a murder in the gold mining country, where corruption and erosion are rife. By the end of Gold of Our Fathers, Darko has the case wrapped up and is reunited with his family.

    19. Excellent, suspenseful, great twists and turns, fascinating setting and authentic characters. Highly recommended.

    20. Novel is about Ghana's corrupt gold mining industry aided by equally corrupt police. Question is, who killed Liu Bao? The motives are stacked high.

    21. As far as Dawson knows, he's going to be in this remote region of Ghana for an entire year. This means uprooting his entire family, finding a decent place to live, a new job for his wife, and a school for his two sons. The logistics were daunting and just the thought of that wore me out, but as soon as Darko's wife appeared on the scene, all that was left to her-- including the nightmarish renovation of their new home. Dawson had a murder to solve and couldn't waste time on any of this. (Typical [...]

    22. A detective story set in Ghana, in the midst of legal and illegal gold mining and massive environmental destruction, immigration of American and Chinese workers/mining bosses employing young Ghanian youth, and a society beset by incredible corruption. Darko Dawson has just been promoted to chief inspector of the Ghanian Police Service, and is told the next day he is being sent from the capital, Accra, over 100 miles away to the centre of illegal gold mining for at least a year to replace someone [...]

    23. As a researcher, I read many crime novels, mostly from Anglophone and Francohone Africa.Having read the previous three instalments of Inspector Darko Dawson's professional adventures, I was very keen on reading Gold of our Fathers. And I wasn't disappointed, that's for sure!Kwei Quartey has an adept way of getting the reader into the story, and not wanting to leave it easily. From the first to the second, from the third to the fourth novel, Darko is at the centre stage. We "grow" with him, and n [...]

    24. There's an added bonus with reading mysteries set in different cultures.'This fourth novel in the Darko Dawson series provides that bonus, being set in Ghana, Africa, a place many of us will never visit.Darko has just been promoted to chief inspector when he gets the news he's being transferred for an indefinite term to rural Obuasi, an area being ravaged by illegal gold mining, devastating to the environment and impinging on the property of local farmers. This means moving his wife and children [...]

    25. I've been hooked on this series since I read "Wife of the Gods" two years ago. Just like the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books, this series takes a basic murder mystery plot and infuses it with local African culture- specifically Ghana for this series. While I like the murder mystery/ detective style, I don't read either series for that reason. I read them because they give me a brief look into a lifestyle and culture that I'll never experience in a down to earth kind of way. Even when I was livi [...]

    26. I have been a fan of Kwei Quartey's Darko Dawson books from the beginning, not so much for the mystery but for the look into contemporary Ghana. His latest book, Gold of Our Fathers, is a credible entry, but not quite up for the ones that preceded it. The mystery is, well, not so mysterious, the culprit being pretty obvious to me fairly early on. And his continuing story of the Dawsons seems almost perfunctory. Except for their move to follow Darko's reassignment, we really don't know much more [...]

    27. Darko Dawson has been promoted to Chief Inspector in Accra but is immediately transferred to a small town in the interior of Ghana for a year. The police department there is in a shambles and no sooner has he arrived than there is a grizzly murder in the gold fields where Chinese miners have been excavating. The gold trade in Ghana has brought all kinds of corruption and environmental damage which a wealthy British journalist is investigating. Crime by crime and suspect by suspect Darko straight [...]

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