Coel introduces a tenacious heroine, Denver investigative reporter Catherine McLeod, in this stellar first in a new series. After an attempt on her life, Catherine realizes she was far from a random target when Arapaho elder Norman Whitehorse informs her that she's "one of us." Adopted as a child and still unsure of her identity and heritage, Catherine begins to understand the deep connection she feels to her latest story, about the 1864 Indian massacre at Sand Creek. Whitehorse and Cheyenne leaders call for the tribes' further compensation for Sand Creek, but when Catherine starts digging, she realizes that there's more to the land fight than meets the eye, and the trail leads all the way to Washington. With a killer hot on her heels and his collateral damage accumulating, Catherine hurtles toward a conclusion that's both fitting and unanticipated. A cameo appearance by Coel's usual leading lady, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden (The Girl with Braided Hair, etc.), hints at a much welcome future collaboration between these two crime-solving women. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
VOYA - Chris Carlson
This adult mystery centers around Catherine McLeod, a thirty-nine-year-old investigative reporter. As Catherine is stalked by an assassin who is hired to prevent her from pursuing a story about the development of land near Denver for an Indian casino, her investigation leads her to explore the Sand Creek Massacre of Indians in 1864. As Catherine gets closer to the truth about the massacre, she uncovers facts about her own Arapaho heritage and suspects the family of her ex-husband might be involved in the plot against her. In a surprise ending, Catherine comes face to face with her stalker and puts an end to her ordeal. Suspense begins on the first page of the novel, engaging readers and keeping them guessing until the final page. Although Coel expertly highlights how the Arapaho have been victimized in the past and how they are still being manipulated, her main characters are bright, independent Native Americans who refuse to become victims. Catherine is a gritty and determined heroine who will go to great lengths, including changing her identity and appearance, to uncover the truth. Young adults who especially like suspense novels or historical fiction will find the vivid characters and rich story line in this novel particularly satisfying. Reviewer: Chris Carlson
An investigative reporter's knowledge may make her an assassin's target. Walking her dog late one night, Catherine McLeod senses that she's being followed by a rapist. She dashes home to call Maury Beekner, her divorce lawyer and friend, and the police, who arrive just in time to chase off the man who's shot Maury. Catherine keeps working as Maury fights for his life. She thinks the shooting was a random act of violence, but the police disagree. Her recently divorced husband, scion of one of Denver's first families, offers her a refuge at the well-guarded family ranch while she continues the work her Native American background got her hooked on. Her biggest story, on an Arapaho and Cheyenne land claim based on the genocidal Sand Creek Massacre, sends her hunting down historical documents and digging into the political battle between the long-entrenched Colorado senator and the new governor. Leaving the ranch, she narrowly escapes death when the killer strikes again. Going on the run, Catherine cuts and dyes her hair and changes hotels, trying to stay ahead of the ruthless assassin while sending in copy on a story that's become front-page news. She fights to discover the truth about the land deal and her unknown ancestors before the assassin kills her. Coel's departure from her Wind River Reservation series (The Girl with the Braided Hair, 2007, etc.) is a fine combination of historical detail, mystery and pulse-pounding terror.