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The Silent Spirit (Wind River Reservation Series #14)

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Kiki Wallowingbull went to Hollywood to uncover the truth behind why his great-grandfather disappeared back in 1923. But after Kiki's frozen body is discovered on the reservation, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley must find the connection between the two violent deaths separated by nearly a century.

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Overview

Kiki Wallowingbull went to Hollywood to uncover the truth behind why his great-grandfather disappeared back in 1923. But after Kiki's frozen body is discovered on the reservation, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley must find the connection between the two violent deaths separated by nearly a century.

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Publishers Weekly
In Coel's absorbing if relatively sedate 14th Wind River mystery to feature Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden and Fr. John O'Malley (after 2008's The Girl with Braided Hair), ex-con Kiki Wallowingbull goes to Los Angeles to learn more about the disappearance of his great-grandfather, Charlie, who like many Native Americans in the 1920s went to Hollywood to perform in western movies. Soon after returning to Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, Kiki's murdered. Father John, just back from a Rome sabbatical, seeks to reassure Kiki's grandfather that Kiki, fresh out of rehab, wasn't killed over drugs. Meanwhile, Vicky gets a desperate call from an Arapaho claiming to have killed someone in self-defense. Vicky avoids Father John and her intense feelings toward him until their separate investigations intersect and they join forces to uncover the truth. Series fans will be satisfied as well as primed for the next opportunity to follow this pair and their uncertain future. Author tour. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
A search for answers to his grandfather's disappearance brings tragedy to a troubled man and his family. After years of drug abuse, Kiki Wallowingbull claims to be clean, sober and determined to learn why his grandfather, one of the Arapahos and Shoshones who left the reservations in 1923 to make the first Western movie to cast Native Americans, never returned to his wife and child. When Kiki is found dead in the river, his grandfather begs Father John O'Malley, just back from a stint in Rome, to prove he hadn't gone back to drug dealing. Attorney Vicky Holden and Adam Lone Eagle, her partner in law and love, are supposed to be working on cases that can reap big profits for the tribes. Much to Adam's disquiet, however, Vicky's background in criminal law (The Drowning Man, 2006, etc.) makes her susceptible to a request from an unknown man who claims to have killed Kiki in self-defense. Vicky and Father John run into trouble when they cross the path of Kiki's former boss, a dealer with no compunction about attacking a priest. Undeterred, Father John searches among old tribal memories for clues, while Vicky follows Kiki's footsteps to Hollywood, where she discovers an affair with a movie star that might well provide a motive for murder. Another of Coel's engaging blends of history, mystery, sexual tension and present-day life on the reservation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425236406
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Series: Wind River Reservation Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 450,891
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (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 January 10, 2010

    Couldn't put it down!

    I have been reading this series for a number of years and love every book in the Wind River Reservation series. The main characters, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden, and Wind River Mission Father John O'Malley, are totally believable, each with their strengths and weaknesses that make you love them. The "elephant in the room" - their attraction to each other- adds a romantic tension to the stories. In The Silent Spirit, Vicky and Father John work different ends of a case trying to solve the murder of Kiki Wallowingbull, a young Arapaho with a criminal record for dealing drugs who was trying to straighten out his life. The story centers around the disappearance of Kiki's great-grandfather, Charlie, who went to Hollywood to be in the movies. Kiki goes to Holywood to try to find out what really happened to his great-grandfather back in 1923 as a gift to his grandfather. Soon after his return from California, Kiki is murdered. In a series of riveting twists and turns, Father John and Vicky eventually come together to solve a tragedy that spans several generations. If you like great stories with lots of action and applied intelligence, read this book!

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    Winterkit

    Yeah. That imposter really hurt my feelings.

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    Youre dead?!<p>~Destinysoul

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Greatly Enjoyed...A Must Read for Coel Fans

    I have enjoyed all of Margaret Coel's writings about the Wind River Reservation. She puts a great deal of depth and thought into each of her characters and her plots lines.

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    Posted July 18, 2012

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    Posted July 17, 2012

    Darkdream

    She picked up a mouse and carried it to the first result. –DD–

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    Posted July 16, 2012

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    *grabs food for her journey*

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    Moonpaw

    Moonpaw drags in three mice and a rabbit to the stump. She puts the prey in the stump hole and pads back to the camp.

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    Posted July 18, 2012

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    I am locked out of the 1st result! We will be moving camps to "Wind and Storm," Friday afternoon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Another fascinating read from the Queen of Native American mystery writers!

    Margaret Coel has done it yet again. She has taken a forgotten point in Native American history and created a fascinating mystery novel.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    A Great Series

    I have read the entire Wind River series and enjoy the characters, the writing style, and especially the Native American Culture. Anyone who enjoys Tony Hillerman or JA Jance, would really enjoy Margaret Coel. Very entertaining and easy reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    The Silent Spirit

    The plot involves an old silent movie and the Indians who played Hollywood's idea of how Indians lived. The mission Priest and the lady Arapaho lawyer are trying to solve the murders and disappearances the seem to stem from the Indians who appeared in the movie and the one who never returned.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    An enjoyable mystery

    On the Wind River reservation, Kiki Wallowingbull comes home after serving two years on a charge of selling drugs. Father John O'Malley, who just returned from Rome after a six month stint there is now the interim pastor of St. Francis Mission located on the reservation. He and Kiki meet and the ex-convict tells the priest he is clean and determined to find out what happened to his great-grandfather Charlie who vanished in 1923 while in Hollywood doing a shoot to promote a movie, The Covered Wagon, in which he had a part.

    When Kiki returns from Hollywood, he tells Father John that the answer to the disappearance is here on the reservation. Soon afterward, Kiki is found dead. Lawyer Vicky Holden hears from a man who insists he killed him in self-defence, but though they soon talk in person she never sees his face. The police arrest a drug dealer, but Vicky knows the man is innocent of this crime; she must find the culprit to insure justice is served even though the arrested prime suspect is a career criminal.

    The story is told in two parts, the present and 1923 when the Arapahos and the Shoshones make the movie. In the present, Kiki dies trying to learn what really happened to his ancestor. Readers will enjoy trying to find out what the link between the two deaths are besides blood; and want to do it before Father John and Vicky solve it. Margaret Coel provides an enjoyable mystery that is highlighted by the Arapahos eight decades ago and now.

    Harriet Klausner

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