Eye of the Wolf (Wind River Reservation Series #11)

Eye of the Wolf (Wind River Reservation Series #11)

by Margaret Coel

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Eye of the Wolf (Wind River Reservation Series #11) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mystery-reading friends have urged me to read Margaret Coel, but I had never gotten around to it ¿ until Eye of the Wolf showed up in my mailbox. What kept me from reading her Wind River Reservation series was probably the comparison of her work to Tony Hillerman¿s and (sacrilege!), I¿ve never found his books particularly compelling. Eye of the Wolf started out rather slowly, but soon I was sucked into the story, caring about both main and minor characters and really enjoying the read.The protagonists are Father John O¿Malley, a Jesuit priest, recovering alcoholic and pastor of St. Francis Mission in Wyoming; and Vicky Holden, attorney and close friend of the padre. When a regular client, Frankie Montana, is a suspect in three murders, Vicky¿s law partner and lover Adam Lone Eagle is not pleased that Vicky wants to represent the young ne¿er do well. Adam had hoped they would join forces in a law partnership that would take on big cases involving Native American causes. Father O¿Malley is drawn into the murders by a cryptic answering-machine message for ¿the Indian priest.¿ Using his powers of logic, he figures that the message refers to bodies that can be found at the site of the Bates Battle. In the 1874 confrontation, members of the Arapaho nation were slaughtered by Shoshones. Now 125 years later, it¿s three Shoshones who are killed. When Father O¿Malley finds the bodies on the Bates site, they¿re positioned to mimic the dead Arapaho. Although both Arapaho and Shoshone live together ¿ and reasonably peacefully -- on the Wind River Reservation, nearly everyone believes Frankie Montana, an Arapaho, is the killer. The situation is a real powder keg, threatening to blow up. But neither Vicky nor Father O¿Malley is convinced Frankie committed the murders. Although I thought some of the dialogue was a tad stilted, the terrific plotting, great story-telling and many-layered characters more than made up for it. I¿m not a huge fan of romantic entanglements between major characters so Vicky¿s relationships with Father O¿Malley (will they or won¿t they?) and Adam Lone Eagle (can she trust him?) didn¿t add much in my opinion. First published in Mystery news, October-November 2005 edition.
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Once again, in her eleventh mystery, Margaret Coel has written a powerful story of two people whose modern lives intersect with the history of the Arapaho Indians. Father John O'Malley is the Jesuit pastor on Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Vickie Holden is an Arapaho lawyer. In case after case, the two have worked together to uncover the evil that resonates from the past into life on the modern reservation. Eye of the Wolf tells of the 1874 Bates Battle in which Shoshones led white troops to the Arapaho village in order to destroy the tribe. A century later, the two tribes live on the same reservation, but a phone call to Father O'Malley could disrupt the uneasy truce. When the Shoshone bodies are found posed on the battlefield, O'Malley feels pressure to find the killer before the reservation erupts in warfare. Vickie feels the same pressure because one of her Arapaho clients is the primary suspect. Coel's mystery combines respect for the history and culture of the tribes with the problems of life on the modern reservation. O'Malley and Holden must find the 'evil spirt wanting to stir up trouble and bring us more death' before the Wind River Reservation erupts into open warfare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't a part of our territory yet, but this can be the all wolf den. It is twice the size of the delta den. It has three streams running through it. There are lots of dens branching off of it that are small enough to fit two full grown wolves and four pups. There is no bedding, for there are no wolves yet in here. Lichens hang over the entrances of all of the caves.
Greencountryfan More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. Coel's knowledge of western history really shines in this one. And I love Vicky Holden's character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fangpaw stalks in, bristling and angry. She lunges at a mouse and bites its throat. Rage pounds through her veins. 'No one wants you,' she thinks furiously. 'Try making friends.' 'How many times are you gonna say that!? It's no use!' She thinks back and forth. Sadness dims her fury. She pads off, looking for a lonely den to call her own. Somewhere safe and quiet, with a hidden beauty. 'Wings waiting to spread.' She thinks. 'I like that.' Her own dark wings are the same blackish-gray as her pelt, but with white streaks that hadn't shown on her fur. "Wings waiting to spread." She says out loud, dropping her mouse. She decides to put it on the fresh-kill pile, then find her own den. -Fangpaw