Emma Djan

Created by Kwei Quartey

Best known for his acclaimed series featuring Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of the police in Accra, Ghana, author Kwei Quartey lit out for new territory in The Missing American (2020), when he introduced former cop turned private eye EMMA DJAN.

Ex-cops turned private eyes are, of course, a dime a dozen, but Emma’s dismissal from the Ghana Police Service in Accra didn’t involve corruption or dereliction of duty, or at least on her part. The ambitious rookie cop had barely been on the force for more than a few months when, during an interview to try to get into Homicide, she was assaulted by a superior.

Cut adrift, with her big plans to become a Homicide detective (just like dear old dad) having gone up in smoke, she goes to work for the tight-knit Sowah Private Investigators Agency in Accra, run by Yemo Sowah, the “old man.”

Emma’s the only woman in the small agency, but she more than carries her weight, with a definite knack for undercover work. She’s smart and intuitive, although she chafes when teased by her co-workers for a “woman’s perspective” when they gather together to discuss cases.

Quartey, born in Ghana and raised by a black American mother and a Ghanaian father, is a practicing physician and novelist, currently living in Pasadena, California.

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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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