At Cape Three Points on the beautiful Ghanaian coast, a
canoe washes up at an oil rig site. The two bodies in the canoe—who turn out to
be a prominent, wealthy middle-aged couple—have obviously been
murdered; the way Mr. Smith-Aidoo has been gruesomely decapitated suggests the
killer was trying to send a specific message—but what and to whom?
The Smith-Aidoos, pillars in their community, are mourned by everyone, but
especially by their niece Sapphire, a successful pediatric surgeon in Ghana’s
capital, Accra. She is not happy that months have passed since the murder and
the rural police have made no headway.
When the federal police finally agree to get
involved, Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of the Accra police force is sent
out to investigate. Pretty as the coast is, he is not
happy to be sent away from his wife and two sons, the younger of whom is
recovering from a heart operation. And the more he learns about the case, the more
convoluted and dangerous it becomes. Three Points has long been inhabited by
tribal villages of subsistence fishers, but real estate entrepreneurs and
wealthy oil companies have been trying to bribe the tribes to move out. Dawson
unearths a host of motives for murder, from personal vendettas to
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