The Eagle Catcher (Wind River Reservation Series #1)

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When the Arapaho tribal chairman is found murdered in his tepee at the Ethete powwow, the evidence points to the chairman's nephew, Anthony Castle. But Father John O'Malley, pastor of St. Francis Mission, and Vicky Holden, the Arapaho lawyer, do not believe the young man capable of murder. Together they set out to find the real murderer and clear Anthony's name.

The trail that Father John and Vicky follow winds across the high plains of the Wind River Reservation into Arapaho ...

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Overview

When the Arapaho tribal chairman is found murdered in his tepee at the Ethete powwow, the evidence points to the chairman's nephew, Anthony Castle. But Father John O'Malley, pastor of St. Francis Mission, and Vicky Holden, the Arapaho lawyer, do not believe the young man capable of murder. Together they set out to find the real murderer and clear Anthony's name.

The trail that Father John and Vicky follow winds across the high plains of the Wind River Reservation into Arapaho homes and community centers and into the fraud-infested world of Indian oil and land deals. Eventually it leads to the past—the Old Time—when the Arapahos were forced from their homes on the Great Plains and sent to the reservation.

There in the Old Time, Father John and Vicky discover a crime so heinous that someone was willing to commit murder more than a hundred years later to keep it hidden. As they close in a killer who does not hesitate to kill again, they discover they have become the next targets...

Critics have praised The Eagle Catcher as a tightly crafted mystery that blends Native American culture and history with contemporary issues and fast-paced action. It introduced two intelligent, compassionate sleuths: Father John O'Malley, S.J., a history scholar and recovering alcoholic, exiled to an Indian mission on the Great Plains, and Vicky Holden, an attorney who, after ten years in the outside world, has returned to the reservation to help her people.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425154632
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Wind River Reservation Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 535,723
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Coel

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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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    Cleaver Character Relationships

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

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    There have been 16 novels in the Wind River mystery series, but

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Very boring

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    An Excellent Read

    Margaret Coel does an excellent job with the Indians and their way of life. A very good read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Whore they?! (Talking about Lunaclaw and Mistystar.) Badgerkit

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