Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and physician living in Pasadena, California. Having practiced medicine for more than 20 years while simultaneously working as a writer, he has attained noteworthy achievements in both fields. Over the decades, Dr. Quartey balanced the two professions by dedicating the early morning hours to writing before beginning a day in his clinic. In July 2018, Quartey retired from medicine to write full time.
Kwei Quartey attended medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1990, he began practicing medicine in California with HealthCare Partners. Dr. Quartey later founded the facility’s wound care center while working as an urgent care physician.
As a crime fiction writer, Kwei Quartey made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009. The following year, the G.O.G. National Book Club awarded him the title of Best Male Author. Wife of the Gods (2009) was the acclaimed debut novel in the Inspector Darko Dawson series, a police procedural set in Ghana. Next in the series came Children of the Street (2011), Murder at Cape Three Points (2014), Gold of Our Fathers (2016), Death By His Grace (2018). Death at the Voyager Hotel, a mystery e-novella not in the Darko series, was published July 2013.
The January 2020 publication of The Missing American heralded the beginning of a brand new series, the Emma Djan Investigations. Young rookie Emma gets kicked out of the Ghana Police Service after a horrifying #MeToo experience. Quite by chance, she stumbles across a private investigators agency, which she joins. When an American comes to the agency to report the disappearance of his father who was visiting Ghana from Washington, DC, Emma is assigned to the job with the thinking that it’s a simple missing persons case. Instead, Emma is plunged into a dark world of political assassination, fetish priests, Internet scams, and high crimes and misdemeanors. The Missing American has been optioned for film.
Sleep Well, My Lady, the second novel in the Emma Djan Investigations, is expected January 2021.
Dr. Quartey is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime, a fiction writers’ organization.