The plot in Tail of the Blue Bird is set in Ghana, oscillating between Accra the capital city and the village of Sonokrom, where most of action takes place. A local politician orders an investigation after his girlfriend discovers a mutilated body in a hut when she goes to visit her village of Sonokrom. Initially, the villagers refuse to cooperate with the investigators, preferring to resolve the matter in their traditional old way.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian writer and poet who divides his time between his native Ghana and the United Kingdom. He writes in English, French and his native Ga. His first book, Tail of the Blue Bird came out in 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.