The Spider's Web (Wind River Reservation Series #15) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden agrees to represent a woman accused of murdering her Arapaho fiancé, a decision that places her at odds with her own people-and Father John O'Malley-for choosing to believe an "outsider" over her own people. Caught in a web of deceit, Vicky and Father John must overcome their differences to discover the identity of a psychopathic killer.


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The Spider's Web (Wind River Reservation Series #15)

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Overview

Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden agrees to represent a woman accused of murdering her Arapaho fiancé, a decision that places her at odds with her own people-and Father John O'Malley-for choosing to believe an "outsider" over her own people. Caught in a web of deceit, Vicky and Father John must overcome their differences to discover the identity of a psychopathic killer.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The romantic tension between Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Fr. John O'Malley remains strong but muted in Coel's solid 15th Wind River mystery (after 2009's The Silent Spirit). The murder of Ned Windsong, a troubled young man trying to get his life straight, leaves a trail of confusion and suspicion surrounding his jilted girlfriend, Roseanne Birdwoman; his white fiancée, Marcy Morrison; and thuggish friends Lionel Lookingglass and Dwayne Hawk on the Wind River (Wyoming) reservation. Father John provides refuge for Marcy and finds a hiding place for Roseanne, but he also has doubts about Marcy that anger Vicky, who thinks Marcy is targeted simply because she's an outsider. Meanwhile, Marcy's televangelist father hires Vicky to protect his daughter's interests. Coel concentrates on the lives and traditions of the Arapaho in a tale that breaks no new ground but should satisfy series fans. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews

An Arapaho attorney and a parish priest who often work together have different takes on a murder on the rez.

Ned Windsong's been in trouble in the past. But he moved back to the Wind River Reservation determined to straighten out his life. Now two troublemakers from the rez and his former girlfriend Roseanne Birdwoman have found him shot to death in the house he and his white girlfriend Marcy Morrison have been sharing. Marcy's wealthy, estranged evangelist father hires attorney Vicky Holden to protect his daughter's interests. Refusing the FBI offer of a safe house, Marcy continues her stay at the guest house at Father John O'Malley's mission. Despite being beaten and traumatized, she identifies the men who discovered the body as the killers, but it's obvious that she's hiding something. Naturally, the people of the reservation are quick to direct their suspicions at Marcy, the outsider. When Vicky and Father John dig into the past of Ned, Marcy and Roseanne, they find evidence of Marcy's drug use and bad relationships and Ned's links to a burglary ring in Jackson Hole. Although Vicky feels sorry for the neglected daughter, Father John has a bad feeling about her past. All their lives may be in danger until the killer is found.

Far from the best in Coel's Wind River series (The Silent Spirit, 2009, etc.), but still worth reading for its insights into modern reservation life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101459911
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Series: Wind River Reservation Series , #15
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 129,525
  • File size: 237 KB

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 September 3, 2010

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    Run, don't walk, to get your copy of this book!

    This is the fifteenth novel in the bestselling Wind River Mystery series and, all I can say is, this author keeps getting better and better with each new project she delivers. The characters readers love are back in action; Attorney at law Vicky Holden, and Father John O'Malley, an Irishman from Boston who has been the pastor of St. Francis mission church located on the Wind River Reservation for the last ten years. Father John is just amazed when he receives the call that yet another murder has taken place on the reservation. A young man the Father has known for years, Ned Windsong, has been found inside his home; dead from a gunshot wound. Beside the body, curled up on the floor, the police also discovered Marcy Morrison, an outsider who was supposedly Ned's fiancée. Fr. John rushes to the scene and meets up with the ex-linebacker, opera loving FBI Agent, Gianelli. The good Father tells the agent that the victim had just gotten back into town about two weeks ago and had stopped by the parish. He'd been a little distant and slightly shaky, but no matter how hard Father John had tried to get Ned to confide in him, the young man had remained quiet. The only information the Father did know, was that Ned had returned to the reservation in order to practice for the Sun Dance - a fantastic ritual that would help Ned change his life and find atonement for his sins - whatever those may have been. The only eyewitness to this horrific event, Marcy Morrison, is someone Father John rushes to meet up with. As he gets to know the young woman, he feels as if something is extremely "off" with her story. You see, Marcy is a girl from Jackson Hole that Ned met when he left the reservation for a better job and a better life. The girl claims that Ned had let go of his original girlfriend - a woman by the name of Roseanne Birdsong - who had been Ned's significant other for a long time, and who is now embroiled in this hideous crime. Marcy also claims that two frightening-looking Arapaho Indians busted into the house, shot Ned, and left her for dead; she also identifies these two men from photographs given to her by Agent Gianelli. This is the first time in this series that the attraction between John and Vicky is put on the back-burner. In this tale they're on opposite sides as Vicky tends to believe everything that her client says, and Father John feels that there's far more to the story than the girl is letting on. With two more murders, a burglary ring exposed, and a psychotic stranger who hides it very, very well, this story becomes a complete and utter page-turner that no reader will be able to put down. From the first page, the author introduces us to an Arapaho word: Niatha. This is the word for spider, a creature that is beyond mysterious. (It also happens to be the Arapaho word for 'white person,' a fact which becomes very interesting indeed). Like the creature she mentions, this author weaves her tale of mystery with expert precision. Quill says: Not since the unequaled talent of Agatha Christie, have I read a mystery novel that I really couldn't figure out until the last page. If you're already a fan of the Wind River series, than you will scream with joy when this when this book appears on the shelf. If you've not become a part of this gorgeous world, I suggest you run - not walk - to the nearest book store or library and begin immediately.

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    Posted July 17, 2012

    Darkturret

    I want to talk to your leader.

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    Posted July 17, 2012

    New rp

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    Posted July 16, 2012

    Tinystrike

    –Shrugs.– I don't know. –He hears a small, cold voice in his head that says, "I'm still here, Tinystrike, don't worry."– (I'm waiting for Cody to reply. True, he's usually almost never on, but still...) #T

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    Posted July 20, 2012

    Blackfrost

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    Posted July 19, 2012

    A pregnant queen and her mate

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    Posted July 19, 2012

    Homeless kit

    Im back

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    Posted July 19, 2012

    A small kit

    Still fainted. (Where is the nursery?)

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    Posted July 20, 2012

    Attention to everyone

    Mistystar is locked out. You must move to wind and storm. Mistystars orders. And may i join? My name is Darkjet. I am not evil.

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    Fallen

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    Posted July 18, 2012

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    Night raven. Cyclone loves light too.

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    Posted July 20, 2012

    TO HURRICANECLAN

    We moved to wind and storm

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    Posted July 19, 2012

    Sunnystrike

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    Posted July 20, 2012

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    Posted July 20, 2012

    Bloodkit

    Pads in with gashes on her side "Someone please help my mom. Shes cornered by a dog" and then starts crying

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    Posted July 19, 2012

    Moonpaw

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