Killing Custer (Wind River Reservation Series #17)

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In her pulse-pounding mysteries, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel interweaves authentic Native American culture and history with modern-day suspense. In the latest Wind River novel, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley are caught between two cultures that  won’t let go of the past—and a killer who won’t leave any witnesses…    

The whole town of Lander has turned out for the big parade celebrating the start of the new ...

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Overview


In her pulse-pounding mysteries, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel interweaves authentic Native American culture and history with modern-day suspense. In the latest Wind River novel, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley are caught between two cultures that  won’t let go of the past—and a killer who won’t leave any witnesses…    

The whole town of Lander has turned out for the big parade celebrating the start of the new rodeo season. The main spectacle this year is the appearance of Colonel Edward Garrett—a spot-on impersonator of General George Armstrong Custer—and a troop of men acting as the ill-fated Seventh Cavalry.

The problem is they are being followed by a group of Arapaho warriors from the Wind River Reservation, who proceed to encircle Garrett and his men in a “dare ride” just to remind them exactly who won the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But when the ride is over, history seems to have repeated itself: Garrett is dead in the street with a bullet hole in his chest.

No one is sure what happened, but public sentiment quickly turns against the Arapaho—and the prime suspect is Colin Morningside, a descendant of Crazy Horse. When a local attorney connected to Morningside disappears, the accusations only grow stronger.

Father John O’Malley knows in his heart the Arapaho are not guilty. And Vicky Holden finds herself professionally and personally compromised from getting involved. But what begins as a murder soon reveals itself as a conspiracy that neither Father John nor Vicky could have foreseen. And someone wants to ensure that the truth they discover will die with them…

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Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Coel’s 17th Wind River mystery featuring Fr. John O’Malley and lawyer Vicky Holden (after 2012’s Buffalo Bill’s Dead) starts off with a bang—a gunshot—that kills General Custer impersonator Edward Garrett while he’s riding his horse in a Lander, Wyo., parade. Since angry Arapahos from the Wind River Reservation surrounded Garrett at the time of the shooting, the police immediately regard two Indians as the top suspects. The disappearance of a local attorney, last seen arguing with Garrett, adds to the town’s unrest. The case is further complicated when Garrett’s widow claims nearly $500,000 is missing, and hires Vicky to find it. Meanwhile, Father John takes steps to protect his flock as another murder rocks the roiling community. In lesser hands, this tale of long-buried hatred, greed, and cowardice might falter, but Coel’s mastery at blending the past and present, as well as the blurry lines between fact and fiction, make this a satisfying historical read. Agent: Rick Henshaw, Richard Henshaw Group. (Sept.)
VOYA - Suanne B. Roush
The seventeenth in the Wind River series of mysteries finds attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley searching for a killer and missing money. To celebrate the opening of rodeo season, the town of Lander holds a parade. Usually this would not be notable, but this time the parade includes Seventh Cavalry reinactors, along with Edward Garrett, who not only impersonates George Armstrong Custer, but believes he is the reincarnation of the general. He is separated from the parade by Arapaho warriors who want to remind him that they won the Battle of Little Bighorn. After their trick riding, Garrett is found dead in the street. The police assume that the Arapaho riders are to blame, especially Colin Morningside, who strongly identified with his ancestor, Crazy Horse. On the heels of the murder, a local lawyer, Skip Burrows, disappears and his office is ransacked. His secretary, Angela, an Arapaho young woman who left the rez, is questioned about the disappearance. When the police find out that she was having an affair with her boss, they suspect Colin of the disappearance because he was still in love with the woman. In the middle of all of this, Garrett's wife hires Vicky to find out what happened to the half-million dollars Garrett had received from the sale of his ranch, which leads to a conflict of interest when Angela contacts her and Father John asks her to represent two of the Arapaho riders. Although well crafted, it is doubtful that teens will be drawn to this mystery. Purchase this title where the rest of the series is popular. Reviewer: Suanne B. Roush
Library Journal
09/01/2013
When a General Custer impersonator is killed, the locals want to blame a certain Arapaho. Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley seek the truth in the 17th entry in the series (after Buffalo Bill's Dead).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425264638
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Wind River Reservation Series , #17
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 195,117
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Coel

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 the Catherine McLeod Mystery series and several works of nonfiction. Originally a historian by trade, she is considered an expert on the Arapaho Indians. A native of Colorado, she resides in Boulder.
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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Excellent addition to the Wind River series

    Book number 15 in the Wind River series by Margaret Coel - 5 stars. During a parade to celebrate the opening of the rodeo season the reenactor portraying General Custer is murdered - both Father John and Vicky Holden become involved in the investigation. Father John is mostly attempting to reassure the families of the Indians involved that the police will seek justice and find those who actually committed the crime, not simply arrest the closest Indian. Vicky is drawn into the investigation by the wife of the Custer reenactor, and thus hindered in her desire to help the two braves who are wrongly accused.

    This story is told predominately from Vicky's point of view and is, therefore, a bit more emotionally introspective than I prefer, but that does not reduce my appreciation of this story at all. If I had any complaint at all it would be that the cops are relatively lazy, simply jumping on the "guilty Indians" bandwagon - my 30 years in the criminal justice system does not support that characterization. However, in the end, I was able to suspend my disbelief sufficiently to love this story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly Rec

    Another VERY interesting book by Coel...she continues to bring me right into her life on the reservation which gives me a better understanding of Indian ways and customs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Fun mystery and a good history lesson added in makes this a good read.

    I really enjoy all Margaret Coel's books and this one was special for the history. I have been to the area and really appreciated it more as I always had trouble remembering the details of the events.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Twists and turns

    Killing Custer had more twists and turns, but Vicky and Father John go with their guts and it falls in place as usual. Excellent story line and Margaret Coel tells it so well. Look forward to her next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2014

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    The team of Arapaho attorney Vickey Holden and Father John O¿Mal

    The team of Arapaho attorney Vickey Holden and Father John O’Malley are confronted with an unlikely bit of history in this latest Wind River mystery: A reenactment of the killing of Col. George Custer, originally put to death at the Battle of Little Big Horn many decades earlier. Edward Garrett, enacting the role of Custer, leads a group of “cavalrymen” in a parade down Main Street, when a band of Indians surrounded the column, encircling it with a challenge ride to demonstrate that the Indians defeated the U.S. army previously.

    When the Indians rode off, Garrett lay on the ground, dead of a bullet wound. Naturally, the blame was cast upon the Indians, and especially the leader who posed as Crazy Horse, who led the attack on the original Custer. The lead detective has enough circumstantial evidence to make arrests and the good Father and Holden are hard pressed to substantiate their innocence. To complicate matters Vickey, now representing Garrett’s wife, has a conflict of interest preventing her from taking on the accused as clients.

    The Wind River series is a long-running one, now numbering 17 in all. Each centers around the Wyoming reservation housing the Arapahos and Cheyenne, with the Holden/O’Malley duo solving yet another crime or mystery. “Killing Custer” follows that pattern, except instead of taking a path based on some quaint Indian history, it is derived from the grisly massacre of the soldiers in blue. As always, the plot and writing are smooth, and the novel is recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    An excellent quick read

    The lives of the main characters were too divergent. Maybe it's time to completely separate them and develop them individually.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    I enjoyed this story as well as the past ones. There are some th

    I enjoyed this story as well as the past ones.
    There are some that do just jump to a conclusion on being guilty because of who they are. Thanks for another great mystery.

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