Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.
This is an excellent debut novel though it lacks the depth and insight which would set it apart as remarkable in any way. There is a good deal of fascinating cultural detail and the characters come to life sufficiently to make it a satisfying read and to perhaps pique our interest about how this writer will develop the character and setting in future books.
The protagonist quickly won my affection with his humanity and commitment. As a result, it was particularly painful to be looking over his shoulder when he did something professionally stupid or self destructive. That kind of compelling involvement with the character and the developing story was the strongest part of a book in which the plotting and use of language were relatively humdrum. The novel was worth the credit, and I think Darko's next investigation will be worth checking out.
I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence.
I would really have enjoyed this book if it had not been filled with so much cruelty. I was interested in the mystery and wanted to know if I guessed right so I continued to listen, but I had to fast forward through the beatings and rape scenes. I will not get another book by this author.
Some books grab you from the first sentence. This is not one of those books. It's a compelling story and I liked the characters but I had to make myself continue beyond the first hour. I was rewarded with a good story in the end but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to others.
I've been into mysteries set in Africa for some time and I enjoyed the descriptions, characters, and direction of the plot. Also allows you to learn characteristics about regions, such as this one in Ghana.
I found this book very slow. The author was detailed in all his descriptions, often times unnecessarily (and it wasn't beautiful elegant writing where you'd appreciate the descriptions for what they are). The mystery was not intriguing nor hard to solve. I didn't feel any connection with the characters.