The Eagle Catcher (Wind River Reservation Series #1)

The Eagle Catcher (Wind River Reservation Series #1)

by Margaret Coel

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ISBN-13: 9780425154632
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1996
Series: Wind River Reservation Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 133,100
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 several works of nonfiction. Originally a historian by trade, she is considered an expert on the Arapaho Indians.

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Tony Hillerman

"Margaret Coel's account of Arapahos Wind Riber Reservation shouldn't be missed by anyone interested in either new trend in mystery writing or contemporary American Indian culture. She's a master of both."

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“Shouldn’t be missed…Coel is a master.”—Tony Hillerman

“Tony Hillerman calls Margaret Coel ‘a master’ of her craft. It is no wonder. [She] brings Native Americans to the fictional frontier in a way that honors the genre.” —The Denver Post

“An intense and fascinating story of avarice, tragic old wrongs, and ultimate justice…[it] takes our breath away.”—Earlene Fowler

“Coel masterfully interweaves modern mysteries with the richness of Native American history and creates multilayered relationships in the larger tapestry of community life.”—Ventura (CA) County Star

“Now widely considered the most accomplished heir to Tony Hillerman’s legacy.” —Scripps Howard News Service

“A great storyteller.”—The Daily Oklahoman

“Coel weaves often insightful commentary about Arapaho culture, bigotry and the widespread alcoholism among Western tribes. Likeable, well-drawn characters and a lively pace mark this novel.”—Publishers Weekly

“Told with conviction and love.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Will inspire comparisons to the work of Tony Hillerman, but its insights into the Arapaho way of life in our century are unique to this form.”—Loren D. Estleman

“Welcome Margaret Coel to the ranks of esteemed western mystery writers…The Eagle Catcher is not only an alluring fresh mystery told with the authoritative voice of a historian, it is also a thoughtful testimony to the clash of cultures that endures in the West.”—Stephen White

“A first-rate mystery…featuring two admirable sleuths.”—Jean Hager

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The Eagle Catcher (Wind River Reservation Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
There have been 16 novels in the Wind River mystery series, but this one was the first and is now available in paperback. It introduces father John O’Malley and Vicki Holden, an Arapaho attorney, who team up to solve murders and other assorted crimes. This debut novel lays the groundwork for the subsequent entries to the series, providing little background for future editions, but the framework around which they evolve. The plot begins with Father O’Malley discovering the knifed body of the tribal chairman in his tipi on the reservation awaiting the Ethete powwow. His nephew is accused of the murder, but neither the Father nor Vicki believes he did it. And it remains for them to find the real killer and the motive behind the killing. The series is filled with wonderful tales of Native American history and culture, along with first-rate mysteries. This initial effort is no exception, providing also a look at the bigotry pointed at Indians and the effects on them of poverty, including alcoholism and mistreatment by government officials who were supposed to protect them. Not only is this initial effort recommended, but any and all of the other 15 published so far as well.
Home-on-the-Range More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Eagle Catcher and, being from Wyoming myself, could identify with Coel's discription of places. I thought the way she got the title for the book was quite cleaver. I found the characters and their relationships most interesting and cleaver/unusual also. As a Tony Hillerman fan, I felt Margaret Coel was right up there with him. I hope to read all her books. I also enjoyed The Girl with the Braided Hair and found it particularly scarey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Tony Hillerman and picked this up because it sounded like it would be very similar to his novels. I was very disappointed. It felt like I was reading something a 10th grader would have written and it was a real struggle to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Margaret Coel does an excellent job with the Indians and their way of life. A very good read.
Anonymous 9 days ago
A wonderful who done it with believable characters and details of Arapaho culture
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Historically accurate and a view into the lives of Native Americans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Wyoming wilderness where this series is set, well written and easy read, it’s a fast moving story. Believable real characters, interesting and immensely sad ‘historical’ events, showing the lack of ethics in the government’s many doings, white greed, white power and ‘coerced trading’ with native people. Poverty is a cruel and inhumane weapon.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an involving series of mysteries that will appeal to many fans of Tony Hillerman set among the Arapaho and the Wind River Indian Reservation. The two main characters are John O'Malley, a Jesuit priest who runs the St. Francis Mission, and Vicky Holden, known among the Arapaho as Woman Alone, ever since she divorced her abusive husband and became a lawyer.O'Malley has originally wanted to become a history professor, but was derailed by his alcoholism. St. Francis was one of the few places willing to take him, under those circumstances, but he has remained sober and become devoted to the Mission and the Arapaho.I cannot say how accurate Coel's portrayal of the Arapaho is, but it is a very vivid picture of a people trying to adjust to modern life, and indeed, in some ways, seeking it, while trying to retain a sense of themselves and their heritage. Vicky and Father John are good friends, and work well together; there is always the temptation for something more, both are dedicated to a moral life, and Father John is dedicated to his priesthood.I have so far enjoyed the six stories that I have read. The mysteries are varied, and touch upon many real social and personal issues. I always become involved with the people. It is always a trifle awkward trying to find a good reason why amateurs should keep involving themselves in police matters, but Coel handles it pretty well, and I accept it as a feature of the amateur detective series.
33racoonie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A series of mysteries set on an American Indian Reservation in Wyoming.Worth starting with beginning of series and continuing with following booksread in order, as two prime characters, a woman attorney of Indian descent and a red-haired Catholic priest develop solve the questions of "whodunnit". The reader gets a good feel of life in Wyoming as well as life on and Indian Reservation, and how Catholic religion and Indian Spiritual Traditions can be felt and honored by the same peoples.
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the Wyoming Wind River Reservation, Arapahos meet for their powwow when tribal chairman, Henry Castle, is found murdered. His nephew, Anthony, is the suspect.Fr. John O'Malley, S.J. the parish priest and recovering alcoholic disagrees. He wonders if the murder had anything to do with oil on the reservation. He had learned that there was an argument about buying back the Cooley ranch where there might be additional oil to help the financial plight of the Indians.As a hisrorian, O'Mally looks into the Arapaho history and learns something about the original Coley land dealing. However, just as he is getting close to an answer, he becomes a target.The story mixes drama, history and romance mixed with the pathos of life on the reservation. Tony Hillerman fans and those interested in American Indian history will enjoy this book.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first of a long series of stories about a Jesuit priest serving at a mission on an Arapaho reservation - the fictional Wind River Reservation. In this introductory story, Fr. John is trying to help a young Indian unjustly accused of murdering his uncle (a good friend of Fr. John's). He is ably assisted in this endeavor by Vicki Holden, an Arapaho woman who has graduated from law school and returned home to help the tribe.The plot and characters are fairly straightforward, well -written, and bode well for future episodes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is such a good story taking the reader to the very last pages with excitement
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to second in the series
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I am a true Tony Hillerman fan and Margaret Coel ranks right up there with him, in my opinion.
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