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With her gritty mysteries steeped in authentic Native American culture, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel is widely considered the most accomplished heir to Tony Hillermans legacy,” (Scripps Howard News Service). In the latest Wind River novel, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John OMalley confront a ruthless killer in the wake of a miraculous event.
A mysterious penitent confesses to murder, and then flees the confessional before Father John can identify him. Two months later, Vicky discovers rancher Dennis Carey shot dead in his truck along Blue Sky Highway. With the tragic news comes the exposure of an astonishing secret: the most sacred creature in Native American mythology, a white buffalo calf, was recently born on Careys ranch.
Making national headlines, the miraculous animal draws a flood of pilgrims to the reservation, frustrating an already difficult investigation. As visitors throw the reservation into turmoil, Vicky and Father John try to unravel the strange events surrounding both Careys murder and the recent disappearances of three cowboys from his ranch.
It could be coincidence, given the nomadic life of the cowboy trade, but when one of them fails to appear in court to testify on an assault charge, Vicky wonders if Arnie Walkfast and his Arapaho buddies are guilty of more than just assault. And at the back of Father Johns mind is the voice from the man in the confessional: I killed a man
"In Coel's solid 16th Wind River mystery (after 2010's The Spider's Web), attorney Vicky Holden and Catholic priest John O'Malley must sort through a tangle of greed, deception, and murder. While the star-crossed pair yearn vainly for each other, they also both love the Arapaho Indians, who need their advice and protection. The theft of important relics — the regalia that Chief Black Heart wore in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the late 19th century — on their way to the tribe's museum is devastating to older people on Wyoming's Wind River reservation, but Vicky and Father O'Malley discover not only that there are thieves who'd kill for collectible artifacts but also that some younger Indians lust after money more than their cultural heritage. Like Tony Hillerman, Coel respects the traditional Native American worldview, and the setting and characterization are strong enough to compensate for some plotting lapses. Agent: Rick Henshaw. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley find themselves on opposite sides of an investigation.
When Arapaho Ned Windsong is shot to death, his fiancée Marcy is the only witness. Even though she identifies two Arapaho troublemakers, Ned's family clings to the belief that Marcy herself was responsible. Convinced of Marcy's innocence, Vicki agrees to represent the outsider- and finds herself at odds with her own people.
She also finds herself at odds with Father John, because the mission priest has glimpsed something in the beautiful girl that shakes him to his core. And when the men Marcy has accused of murdering her fiancé are found dead in an abandoned barn, Vicky and Father John realize they are caught in a web of lies and deceit woven by a master.
After more than 120 years, the regalia worn by Arapaho Chief Black Heart in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show were supposed to be returned to his people. But the cartons containing the relics were empty when they arrived at the Arapaho museum. Rancher and Indian artifact collector Trevor Pratt had them shipped from Germany and believes thieves must have stolen them en route.
Vicki and Father John suspect Trevor knows more about the theft than he’s telling—a suspicion that’s confirmed when they witness a car speeding from his home and he’s found murdered inside. To find the killer, they must first uncover the truth about a blood feud between two Arapaho families—and the original theft of Black Heart’s possessions dating back more than a century…
About the Author
Margaret Coel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Thunder Keeper, The Spirit Woman, The Lost Bird, The Story Teller, The Dream Stalker, The Ghost Walker, The Eagle Catcher, and several works of nonfiction. She has also authored many articles on the people and places of the American West. Her work has won national and regional awards. Her first John O'Malley mystery, The Eagle Catcher, was a national bestseller, garnering excellent reviews from the Denver Post, Tony Hillerman, Jean Hager, Loren D. Estleman, Stephen White, Earlene Fowler, Ann Ripley and other top writers in the field. A native of Colorado, she resides in Boulder.
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