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The Eagle Catcher (Wind River Reservation Series #1)
     

The Eagle Catcher (Wind River Reservation Series #1)

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by Margaret Coel
 

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The Arapaho Indians' sacred tribal customs are abruptly halted when a beloved elder is found murdered in his tepee--and the evidence points to his own nephew's guilt. "Insightful commentary about Arapaho culture . . . likable, well-drawn characters and a lively pace".--Publishers Weekly.

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The Arapaho Indians' sacred tribal customs are abruptly halted when a beloved elder is found murdered in his tepee--and the evidence points to his own nephew's guilt. "Insightful commentary about Arapaho culture . . . likable, well-drawn characters and a lively pace".--Publishers Weekly.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Murder is only one element in this debut mystery, which also takes on interracial romance, the exploitation of Indian lands and the political ambitions of a former county commissioner who's also a gubernatorial candidate. Father John O'Malley has been banished from Boston to the dirt-poor mission at Wyoming's Wind River Reservation to recover from his alcoholism. When the tribal chairman is killed, an obnoxious FBI agent arrests the chairman's nephew. In an effort to help, Father John joins forces with Vicky Holden, a feisty, 40-something Arapaho attorney for whom he stoically suffers an unpriestly attraction. Into this modestly suspenseful tale, Coel (Chief Lefthand) weaves often insightful commentary about Arapaho culture, bigotry and the widespread alcoholism among Western tribes. Likable, well-drawn characters and a lively pace mark this novel-which appears poised for a sequel-for Hillerman fans. (May)
Booknews
A murder mystery set on an Indian reservation in Wyoming. When the tribal chairman is found murdered before an important powwow, alcoholic Father John O'Malley and an Indian attorney looking for her roots search for the killer and uncover the fraud-infested world of Indian oil and land deals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
“Shouldn’t be missed…Coel is a master.”—Tony Hillerman

“Tony Hillerman calls Margaret Coel ‘a master’ of her craft. It is no wonder. [She] brings Native Americans to the fictional frontier in a way that honors the genre.” —The Denver Post

“An intense and fascinating story of avarice, tragic old wrongs, and ultimate justice…[it] takes our breath away.”—Earlene Fowler

“Coel masterfully interweaves modern mysteries with the richness of Native American history and creates multilayered relationships in the larger tapestry of community life.”—Ventura (CA) County Star

“Now widely considered the most accomplished heir to Tony Hillerman’s legacy.” —Scripps Howard News Service

“A great storyteller.”—The Daily Oklahoman

“Coel weaves often insightful commentary about Arapaho culture, bigotry and the widespread alcoholism among Western tribes. Likeable, well-drawn characters and a lively pace mark this novel.”—Publishers Weekly

“Told with conviction and love.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Will inspire comparisons to the work of Tony Hillerman, but its insights into the Arapaho way of life in our century are unique to this form.”—Loren D. Estleman

“Welcome Margaret Coel to the ranks of esteemed western mystery writers…The Eagle Catcher is not only an alluring fresh mystery told with the authoritative voice of a historian, it is also a thoughtful testimony to the clash of cultures that endures in the West.”—Stephen White

“A first-rate mystery…featuring two admirable sleuths.”—Jean Hager

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425154632
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Wind River Reservation Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
138,981
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Tony Hillerman
"Margaret Coel's account of Arapahos Wind Riber Reservation shouldn't be missed by anyone interested in either new trend in mystery writing or contemporary American Indian culture. She's a master of both."
From the Publisher
“Shouldn’t be missed…Coel is a master.”—Tony Hillerman

“Tony Hillerman calls Margaret Coel ‘a master’ of her craft. It is no wonder. [She] brings Native Americans to the fictional frontier in a way that honors the genre.” —The Denver Post

“An intense and fascinating story of avarice, tragic old wrongs, and ultimate justice…[it] takes our breath away.”—Earlene Fowler

“Coel masterfully interweaves modern mysteries with the richness of Native American history and creates multilayered relationships in the larger tapestry of community life.”—Ventura (CA) County Star

“Now widely considered the most accomplished heir to Tony Hillerman’s legacy.” —Scripps Howard News Service

“A great storyteller.”—The Daily Oklahoman

“Coel weaves often insightful commentary about Arapaho culture, bigotry and the widespread alcoholism among Western tribes. Likeable, well-drawn characters and a lively pace mark this novel.”—Publishers Weekly

“Told with conviction and love.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Will inspire comparisons to the work of Tony Hillerman, but its insights into the Arapaho way of life in our century are unique to this form.”—Loren D. Estleman

“Welcome Margaret Coel to the ranks of esteemed western mystery writers…The Eagle Catcher is not only an alluring fresh mystery told with the authoritative voice of a historian, it is also a thoughtful testimony to the clash of cultures that endures in the West.”—Stephen White

“A first-rate mystery…featuring two admirable sleuths.”—Jean Hager

Meet the Author

Margaret Coel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of the acclaimed novels featuring Father John O’Malley and Vicky Holden, as well as several works of nonfiction. Originally a historian by trade, she is considered an expert on the Arapaho Indians.

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The Eagle Catcher (Wind River Reservation Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
There have been 16 novels in the Wind River mystery series, but this one was the first and is now available in paperback. It introduces father John O’Malley and Vicki Holden, an Arapaho attorney, who team up to solve murders and other assorted crimes. This debut novel lays the groundwork for the subsequent entries to the series, providing little background for future editions, but the framework around which they evolve. The plot begins with Father O’Malley discovering the knifed body of the tribal chairman in his tipi on the reservation awaiting the Ethete powwow. His nephew is accused of the murder, but neither the Father nor Vicki believes he did it. And it remains for them to find the real killer and the motive behind the killing. The series is filled with wonderful tales of Native American history and culture, along with first-rate mysteries. This initial effort is no exception, providing also a look at the bigotry pointed at Indians and the effects on them of poverty, including alcoholism and mistreatment by government officials who were supposed to protect them. Not only is this initial effort recommended, but any and all of the other 15 published so far as well.
Home-on-the-Range More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Eagle Catcher and, being from Wyoming myself, could identify with Coel's discription of places. I thought the way she got the title for the book was quite cleaver. I found the characters and their relationships most interesting and cleaver/unusual also. As a Tony Hillerman fan, I felt Margaret Coel was right up there with him. I hope to read all her books. I also enjoyed The Girl with the Braided Hair and found it particularly scarey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Tony Hillerman and picked this up because it sounded like it would be very similar to his novels. I was very disappointed. It felt like I was reading something a 10th grader would have written and it was a real struggle to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Margaret Coel does an excellent job with the Indians and their way of life. A very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to second in the series
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This causes me to not want the book..you can flag the review and everything else. It will do no good. What are we raising? A bunch of idiots.
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I am a true Tony Hillerman fan and Margaret Coel ranks right up there with him, in my opinion.
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