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The Story Teller (Wind River Reservation Series #4)

The Story Teller (Wind River Reservation Series #4)

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by Margaret Coel

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Father O'Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden return! When a sacred tribal artifact disappears from a museum, it's more than Arapaho history that is lost—it's an Arapaho student's life...


Father O'Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden return! When a sacred tribal artifact disappears from a museum, it's more than Arapaho history that is lost—it's an Arapaho student's life...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and reservation priest John O'Malley return in their taut fourth adventure (after The Dream Stalker, 1997). This time, they pursue those who will kill to find the missing "ledger book," a record in pictograph of Arapaho presence at an Army massacre of Indians in Colorado. Shortly after the tribe hires Holden to learn why the book apparently disappeared from a Denver museum collection, police find the body of an Arapaho graduate student, Todd Harris. To homicide detectives, Todd's murder looks like a soured drug deal. But Holden, knowing that the student was researching the subject of the ledger book, is convinced that the murder is connected to the book's disappearance. Father John, in Denver to comfort Harris's family, joins Holden in her search for the book. When two friends of Harris are murdered and the house where Holden stays is ransacked, the lawyer and the priest know that their own lives are in danger. All the strengths of this fine series are present here: Coel's knowledge of and respect for western history, a solid mystery with a credible premise in Indian lore and the struggles of Holden and O'Malley with their powerful, but so far unconsummated, attraction to each other. (Oct.) FYI: Berkley Prime Crime will simultaneously publish The Dream Stalker in paper.
Library Journal
Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden (The Dream Stalker, LJ 9/1/97) and friend Father O'Malley attempt to recover a priceless Arapaho ledger stolen from a museum that claims never to have had it. Murder subsequently claims an Arapaho student interested in the ledger. Another splendid mix of mystery and Native American culture.
School Library Journal
YA-Native American lawyer Vicky Holden is asked to look into the whereabouts of an Arapaho warrior's valuable ledger book that was last seen at the Denver Museum of the West in 1920. When the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act was passed by Congress, it allowed tribes to recover sacred artifacts held in museums. The old ledger was not on the inventory list sent to the tribe by the museum and Vicky goes to Denver to find it. First, a young tribal ethnohistorian is murdered and then other students at the university are found dead. Vicky and Father John O'Malley, the Jesuit priest at the Arapaho Mission, hunt for the book even though several faculty members deny its existence. Their quest eventually leads them to an isolated ranch in the plains of eastern Colorado where an Indian massacre took place in 1866. The presence of the Arapaho warriors at the massacre is disputed by the Cheyenne. The elderly ranch resident gives them evidence of the Arapaho ledger book with its firsthand account of the event. Here they find the clues that lead them to the killer. This is an exciting story that introduces a part of American history about which little is known.-Penny Stevens, Centreville Regional Library, Fairfax, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Story Teller ( Oct. 1; 256 pp.; 0-425-16538-8): The disappearance of an irreplaceable, historic, and deadly Arapaho ledger book from a museum whose staffers claim it was never in their collection: a fourth case for attorney Vicky Holden and her barely platonic friend Father John O'Malley (The Dream Stalker, 1997, etc.).

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Wind River Reservation Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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The Story Teller (Wind River Reservation Series #4) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
In “The Story Teller”, author Margaret Coel continues her tales of the Arapahos of the Wind River Reservation (atlhough, in this novel, most of the action occurs in Denver) with emphasis on attorney Vicky Holden and the local Jesuit, Father John O'Malley. I found the multi-level mystery that made up the plot to be quite engaging. Fr. O'Malley would like to start a small museum on the reservation as a home for artifacts being returned from museums as per US Law. He'd like a local guy, about to graduate with a Masters Degree, to run it. Problem #1 – the list of artifacts being returned may be incomplete. Problem #2 – the young man mentioned earlier in the paragraph has been found dead ontside the university. The suspects are many in each of the mysteries – who WANTED the young man dead, and who actually DID the deed? And how does the missing Arapaho ledger book enter into this mystery – if it does, and if it really exists? And, who is next to join the young man in death? One thing I do not enjoy about series is the romantic tension between the leads. It's not that I can't deal with a little romance – I've read plenty of books where it is featured or at least a subplot, and a few in which the demonstration of such love is described in graphic detail. However, it is difficult to maintain a romantic tension in a series for an extended period. Eventually, they either HAVE to get together or HAVE to split apart. The longer this process takes, the more labored it typically seems. Secondly, we are dealing with a lawyer and a priest, for G-d's sake!! We know this CANNOT end well, no matter how it ends – the Church really frowns upon that kind of behavior!! RATING: 4 stars. 5 stars for the mystery, 3 stars for the interplay, average it out ...