Children of the Street

Children of the Street

Children of the Street In the slums of Accra Ghana s fast moving cosmopolitan capital teenagers are turning up dead Inspector Darko Dawson has seen many crimes but this latest string of murders in which all the young vi

  • Title: Children of the Street
  • Author: Kwei Quartey
  • ISBN: 9780812981674
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the slums of Accra, Ghana s fast moving, cosmopolitan capital, teenagers are turning up dead Inspector Darko Dawson has seen many crimes, but this latest string of murders in which all the young victims bear a chilling signature is the most unsettling of his career Are these heinous acts a form of ritual killing or the work of a lone, cold blooded monster With time rIn the slums of Accra, Ghana s fast moving, cosmopolitan capital, teenagers are turning up dead Inspector Darko Dawson has seen many crimes, but this latest string of murders in which all the young victims bear a chilling signature is the most unsettling of his career Are these heinous acts a form of ritual killing or the work of a lone, cold blooded monster With time running out, Dawson embarks on a harrowing journey through the city s underbelly and confronts the brutal world of the urban poor, where street children are forced to fight for their very survival and a cunning killer seems just out of reach.

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    It Takes a VillageKwei Quartey's latest novel returns to Ghana, where there is an estimated 60,000 children roaming the streets of Accra and someone is killing them and mutilating their bodies. Detective Darko Dawson is on the case capturing the readers' hearts with his selfless acts of compassion and dedication, caring and sharing when and where many others would not. Children of the Street hones in on an actual, persistent problem of youth from all regions of Ghana converging on its capital in [...]

    Street kids are being murdered and mutilated in Accra, Ghana, with the bodies dumped in filthy locations. Inspector Darko Dawson is assigned the case, and is frustrated that resources are being allocated to more important murders. Darko has a big heart, and is always trying to help the less fortunate. He reaches out for support from many places: a journalist, a professor, street kids, a reformed drug dealer, etc. and slowly sorts through a lengthy and heterogeneous group of suspects. His determi [...]

    “When you are rich, you are resented; when you are poor, you are despised” Ashanti proverbi'm so happy to find another mystery series set in Africa. It’s possible that my relationship, my level of intimacy, with Alexander McCall Smith was becoming too dependent for good mental health. A detective set in another English speaking African country is nice, too, as Mma Ramotswe and Detective Kubu have Botswana well covered.This was quite satisfying as a mystery - i didn’t ID the perp til very [...]

    The Detective Darko books tackle serious criminal acts occurring in Accra, Ghana. This book (#2 in the series) focused on crimes against children. A difficult subject but not something society can ignore.I enjoyed learning about the cultural aspects of Ghana. Despite the strengths, I still found the mystery easy to solve. Hence, a three-star rating.

    Well. What can I say? This is one well-written book. From the beginning, I was drawn in to the subtleties of culture and social issues in Ghana, as well as the brilliant mystery plot. Author Kwei Quartey has outdone himself with this book - it's a treasure, one to be read and highly recommended. With great insight, author Kwei Quartey brings the children of Accra's streets to life in his latest book, Children of the Street. If you're like me, you haven't read a lot of fiction about or from Ghana [...]

    Kwei Quartey’s Children of the Street is the sequel to his terrific debut, Wife of the Gods, which introduced Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghana police in Accra. Our Mystery Book Group read the first book in November 2010, and it was very well received. I was eager to read the sequel and was certainly not disappointed. It became a case of despite everything I needed to do, I just sat in my chair and read instead. It was both a police procedural and a very intense psychological thril [...]

    My second in the inspector Darko Dawson series based in Accra, Ghana. Darko is a no nonsense detective within the Ghana Police Service trying to find a killer who is preying on “street children”, young people who travel to the capital to make a life away from their villages with no help or protection and end up living on the street. I enjoy this series mainly because Darko reminds me a teeny bit of Idris Elba’s "Luther" character (if he were to ever settle down). I also love that it gives [...]

    My first read of this series and it's book two and I'm hooked for life. Darko Dawson is a cop who spends his own money trying to solve the case. He has a lovely wife and a weakness for weed that could be his undoing. He also has a young son with a hole in his heart who needs surgery soon. Plus he has his boss' nephew working for him. Good plot lines take you into Africa. Good vivid descriptions that show people persevering in the midst of poverty without generating sympathy or pity. Darko is a g [...]

    Another excellent Darko Dawson book. This one is really gruesome.I love the bit in the beginning with the broken computer stamped with "School District of Philadelphia" and the mention of rich places discarding their trash to Ghana as "charitable donations". So true, but I bet that computer was trash when it got to the classroom in Philadelphia too.

    I was initially not liking the flow of the story but I kept reading and I'm glad I did. I need to read more of Quartey's novels.

    Children of the Street is the thrilling, second installment of the Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery series by Kwei Quartey. Readers are ushered onto the bustling streets of Accra, the capital of Ghana, that consist of an array of orphaned children without shelter and supportive families. The poor children of the street endure great hardship in order to survive daily. By day, the city of Accra resembles a cultivated environment full of successful businesses, endless pedestrians, and impermeable tra [...]

    I am not a crime/mystery lover. I find the detective/psychopath killer storyline in this fiction interesting, though it is kind of predictable. The fiction is composed of three sections. The first two sections introduce the major characters involved in the murders, as well as set up the pattern of the serial killings, whereas the last section focuses on the detective's actions in order that the final truth--who is the serial killer--will be revealed. While I am not really fascinated by the murde [...]

    2nd in the series featuring Darko Dawson, detective with the Ghana Police Service. This one is set entirely in the capital city (Accra) and deals with what turns out to be serial killing of street children. The setting is well-described and my heart ached for these teenagers who have almost no options and little hope. This series is often compared to the Ladies #1 Detective series because of its African setting, but it is far grittier.

    This book was fantastic on multiple fronts. First the storyline literally sucked me in from page 1. It is absolutely heart-breaking, simply because one knows that this type of violence happens daily, worldwide, against children living on the streets. Second, bottom line, it is just a well-written book. This is def. a new author who I will continue to seek out.

    Loved it! Quartey has built such rich, interesting characters! It's so interesting to learn about Ghana. The mystery was complex and kept me guessing to the end. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Darko and his family in the coming books!

    I really enjoy this mystery series. I know very little about the country of Ghana, and I like this opportunity to read about it. The mystery is good in these novels, and the characters are excellent.

    Ich hatte mir eingebildet, ich hätte den ersten Teil dieser Serie, Trokosi, voriges Jahr gelesen. Dann dachte ich, das kann nicht sein, das habe ich ja noch als Taschenbuch, voriges Jahr habe ich schon ausschließlich eBooks gelesen. Also habe ich auf meiner Leseliste nachgesehen, und tatsächlich, ich habe das Buch bereits im August 2011 gelesen. Krimi ist ja gar nicht mein Genre. Hin und wieder - ganz selten, höchsten ein Mal im Jahr - lese ich dann aber doch einen. Trokosi hat mich damals a [...]

    As far as sequels go is definitely one of the better ones I've read. Getting back with Darko was refreshing, the pacing and writing style working well for me once I got used to it. I don't want to say much, I didn't know anything about it going in. I will say I did noticed there were a few things missing from the story, like the way Darko used to be able to see truth from lies. There were also some new aspects, to make up for the lost ones (again, no spoilers). Overall though a great followup to [...]

    To be honest, I can no longer remember whether this was well written or not but I was completely enthralled by it's Ghanian setting. It provides a vivid picture of Accra, its people, its cityscape, its politics, its children and its police. I'm looking forward to more Darko Dawson novels.

    Excellent. Great and better than the first. Superb charcterization, suspense, and use of Ghanaian culture and locations Highly recommended.

    CHILDREN OF THE STREET – Kwei QuarteyPosted on July 27, 2011 by BethInspector Darko Dawson of the Ghana Police Service in Accra is called to a polluted lagoon when the body of a young man is discovered, already in a state of decomposition. In the heat of Accra, it is difficult to determine the time of death but it is not difficult to see that he died of a stab wound in the back that destroyed the lung.The call to the police has come from a nine year-old boy, Sly, who, by calling the authoritie [...]

    This is one of those novels that are not so easy to read. Not because of the writing, which is excellent, but because of the subject matter, which is as bleak as it can get. If I could use just one word to describe this book I would say that it’s a document; the document of a harsh and heart-breaking reality in a brutal place. The main protagonist in this story is Inspector Darko Dawson, who works for the police force of Ghana’s capital city, Accra. Darko is one of those rare or rather uncon [...]

    First Line: A day shy of his seventeenth birthday, Musa was a boy with the survival instincts of a grown man.If you're a child living on the streets of Accra in Ghana on the west coast of Africa, you have to develop these survival instincts or you will die. There are sixty thousand other homeless street children in Accra. Musa is merely one of many.When Detective Inspector Darko Dawson is called out to investigate the murder of one such street child in the slum of Agbogbloshie, little does he kn [...]

    The streets of any big city are “home” - term used very loosely – to an assortment of runaway and thrown-away children. These kids have to watch each others' backs against all threats – including each other – because no one else is there to do it. Sometimes, their self-developed safety net fails.In “Children of the Street”, Kwei Quartey explores the issue of runaway children in Accra, the capital of Ghana – because there appears to be a serial killer that has discovered that they [...]

    This second in the "Darko Dawson" series (following Wife of the Gods) finds the Ghanaian Detective Inspector roaming the capital city of Accra in search of the serial killer stalking the city's vast population of homeless children and teens. As best one can tell from the available statistics, about 1 in every 100 resident of Accra is a homeless street child, hustling for day-labor work and literally sleeping in the streets. This makes them easy prey for every kind of predator imaginable, especia [...]

    When Detective Inspector Darko Dawson is called out to the Korle Lagoon where the near-fingerless body of a homeless boy was found he has no idea that more murders will follow. A killer is preying on the children and others who live on the margins of society in Ghana’s teeming capital city. The mutilated bodies and their disposal in Accra’s dump sites suggest the killer is sending a message but what it is Darko has no idea.Even as Darko struggles to unravel the mystery before the killer stri [...]

    an interesting story set in an unusual location. worth reading on that level alone. you do get a nice feel for the country and good look at the culture. The story opens very well and remains inventive for the first half of the book. many of the characters are well drawn, including of course, Inspector Dawson himself, who is a very likeable fellow with considerable integrity operating in an enviornment that doesn't always admire that characteristic and a system that has very limited technological [...]

    This isn't the first mystery series I've read in which the initial volume is intensely personal, focusing on how the protagonist became the sort of person compelled to solve crimes. (A painful unsolved crime in the protagonist's past is the usual motivation). Once that's revealed/resolved, the subsequent volumes have to fall back upon mysteries in which the protagonist is less personally invested, and they tend to feel less emotionally resonant by comparison. Quartey does make an effort to furth [...]

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