The Missing American (Coming Jan 14, 2020)
On June 30, 2019 | 11 Comments

The Missing American

When American Gordon Tilson joined the Peace Corps in the 1980s, he went to the country of Ghana for his service. There, he met and fell in love with Regina, a Ghanaian woman who became his wife. Regina gave birth to their only child, Derek, after the couple returned together to Washington, DC.

Gordon and Regina truly loved each other. Regina established herself within a circle of influential Ghanaians in the DC area, particularly the diplomatic set. Gordon willingly tagged along with her to various parties and official events. Essentially, he was happy so long as Regina was happy.

After decades of Gordon and his wife being together, their happiness was snatched away as Regina developed ovarian cancer and subsequently died of the disease, which typically has a dismal prognosis. Gordon, now a widower, was devastated. He felt as if a part of him had been chopped out and he couldn’t imagine going on without his beloved.

But, as much as he doubted he would, he survived and came to terms with the death of his wife after a long, difficult period of adjustment. In many ways, Derek, now a young adult, was his rock. Gordon became a kind of unofficial counselor for others going through the loss of a spouse, joining a Facebook group called Widows & Widowers, where he helped ease the pain of other members seeking solace. Nevertheless, that Derek was lonesome is undeniable. The void created by Regina’s absence had never really been filled. As he grew older, that feeling of emptiness intensified rather than ameliorating.

The Missing American: Accra's growing skyline (Photo: Yaw Ansong/Wikipedia)

The Missing American: Accra’s growing skyline (Photo: Yaw Ansong/Wikipedia)

The timing seemed perfect then, when Helena, a beautiful Ghanaian woman in Accra, reached out to Gordon on the Widows & Widowers page. He would always remember the day well, because it was two days before Thanksgiving Day that he met Helena online. She too, had lost her spouse years prior. She seemed quite taken with Gordon, and he her. The online communication progressed until they were Skyping and WhatsApping regularly. Gordon’s feelings for Helena deepened by the day.

Then, disaster struck. Helena’s sister Stella was maimed badly in an auto crash, which can be particularly lethal in Ghana. Medical care, particularly intensive care, is not free in Ghana. If you can’t pay, you may not survive an illness. Unable to fund Stella’s stay in the ICU, Helena faced the possibility that her sister might die.

There was no way Gordon, on hearing this news, could simply stand by and let this happen, so he sent Helena money to pay for medical expenses to the tune of about $4000. Stella pulled through, and Gordon was instrumental in turning around a potential tragedy. Helena owed him a debt of gratitude.

This event served to strengthen Gordon’s and Helena’s bond, and eventually Gordon decided, in fierce opposition to Derek’s advice to the contrary, that he just had to visit Ghana, once again, to meet Helena. Imagine his excitement on the morning he landed at Accra’s airport, complete with its brand new Terminal 3. His anticipation was not to be rewarded, however. Gordon never did meet the woman he envisaged as the new love of his life. In fact, things went from bad to worse. Gordon never returned to Washington, DC. Back at home, Derek lost contact with his dad. As the weeks passed, it became clear that Gordon Tilson had now become the missing American in Ghana. What did happen to him? The book, The Missing American has the answers.

The Missing American (Coming Jan 14, 2020)

The Missing American (Coming Jan 14 2020)



The Missing American, introducing the first Ghanaian female private investigator in fiction, will be released January 14, 2020. It’s available for pre-order from all locations online and at your neighborhood brick-and-mortar store.

Betty Tyler Posted July 1, 2019 at7:30 pm   Reply


Kwei Quartey Posted July 16, 2019 at1:37 am   Reply

🙂👍🏾 Thanks!

Martha Tsitsiwu Posted July 2, 2019 at8:05 am   Reply

Looking forward to reading your new novel

Lee Correy Posted July 2, 2019 at9:51 am   Reply

I cannot wait to read your new book. Cheers!

Kwei Quartey Posted July 16, 2019 at1:38 am   Reply

Thank you!

Lucinda Joyner Posted July 2, 2019 at2:13 pm   Reply

I’m excited about your new book! I cannot wait to read it. Congratulations!

Kwei Quartey Posted July 16, 2019 at1:37 am   Reply

Thanks Lucinda! Posted July 3, 2019 at4:17 am   Reply

Cant wait to read this, have all 5 of other book, loved every one

Kwei Quartey Posted July 16, 2019 at1:36 am   Reply

Thank you, that’s terrific!

S. Tackie Posted July 15, 2019 at3:50 pm   Reply

Looking forward to reading your new book – The Missing American but when will we find out the fate of Darko Dawson?

Kwei Quartey Posted July 16, 2019 at1:37 am   Reply

Darko plans to return in 2022!

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