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Publisher's Summary

Accra private investigator Emma Djan's first missing persons case will lead her to the darkest depths of the email scams and fetish priests in Ghana, the world's internet capital.

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, DC, 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, 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.

©2020 Kwei Quartey (P)2020 Recorded Books

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The world’s largest internet scam
Oh how I love my country Ghana and most of what it stands for, but one thing I do not stand for is the notorious corruption so often associated with it. The Missing American cleverly addresses this very real issue in a fictional tale that’s true to life and totally entertaining at the same time. It’s the first book in a series that does a stellar job honing in on the seriousness of the corruption found in many countries in Africa and around the world today. We get a firsthand glimpse into how sakawa (internet-based fraud) works in Ghana and how it is used to lure Americans into sending large amounts of money to scammers posing as fake romance seekers or people in need. The story gets even more thrilling as we try to figure out the cause of Mr. Gordon Tilson’s disappearance. Was he a victim of an internet scam? The timeline of events and the investigations of Emma Djan propel the story forward and provide ample information on how Ghanaians perform such scamming activities. Listeners are sucked into a world full of fraud, manipulation, mystery, thrills and more as we go on this journey of understanding how an online love story turned into a horrific death investigation. I can’t wait to hear what happens next and where Sleep Well, My Lady (the next installment in the series) takes Investigator Djan. —Ama H., Audible Scholar

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Awesome Book

This book had so many twists and turns. It was a great to hear it being read. The narrator Robin Miles was amazing and I am glad that I listened to this book because I would have butchered the names and places in Ghana. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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Decent book

It started out strong at the beginning, but it was missing excitement, more action or investigation leading you to wonder who did it or what clues might be telling you. It was entertaining, but I'm suprised it was on a best mystery books list.

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So many coincidences

I enjoyed this book, but cannot get over the very many coincidences. The topic was quite interesting, and I loved that it was in Ghana - never before read a book situated there. The perspective of the female characters was a bit painful (mentioning periods, really?). Nonetheless, I wouldn't consider it time wasted.

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Loved it!

The author weaves the story slowly and deliberately. It's an excellent book with a realistic main character and story that's relatable.

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Good read

Emma Djan is a strong character who pulled me into the story. The story was slow reading in some parts, but overall a great detective mystery.

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Wonderful narration brought Ghana alive

Kudos to the narrator of this murder mystery. She made me feel I was in Ghana listening first-hand to the characters in the story. The plot was perfectly acceptable but the local touches lifted the book to a higher level.

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Trip to new land while solving a mystery

While international travel is so daunting, this book is a great escape to a completely different part of the world. And it's a good reminder that there are many ways to be in this world. Even minor characters have some depth.

I loved how there was just enough detail to get the picture of the many crimes without being sordid. I also very much appreciate having a heroine who is flawed and vulnerable, but not stupid or inept, although some of her decisions are questionable. Thank you for that!

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Internet Scammers

This is an fictional look at how internet scams are worked out of Ghana. There are lots of shady characters, goods guys pretending to be bad, and honest people acting honestly. Political assassination, police corruption at the highest levels, everything that makes a good story.

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Excellent Storytelling and Narration

Honestly, this book is so much fun! Billed as a mystery, it is also a glimpse into Ghana-the culture, the country. And, there a woman who is such a fitting protagonist!!!

Jolly well done!

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The Missing America

Just couldn’t finish this. Trite, poor narration, boring. I’m still trying to find a new mystery writer on par with Mick Herron, Peter Grainger, Jo Nesbo, Michael Robotham.