“In lesser hands, this tale of long-buried hatred, greed, and cowardice might falter, but Coel’s mastery at blending the past and present, as well as the blurry lines between fact and fiction, make this a satisfying historical read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Another spellbinding story of Native American history set in modern times…Coel’s characters are well developed, her descriptions, vivid and clear. The plot keeps the story moving quickly and there’s a twist at the end readers may not see coming. As usual, Coel’s dialogue is crisp and authentic and her experience as a historian and expert on Arapaho Indians shows.” —Examiner.com
Bestseller Coel’s 17th Wind River mystery featuring Fr. John O’Malley and lawyer Vicky Holden (after 2012’s Buffalo Bill’s Dead) starts off with a bang—a gunshot—that kills General Custer impersonator Edward Garrett while he’s riding his horse in a Lander, Wyo., parade. Since angry Arapahos from the Wind River Reservation surrounded Garrett at the time of the shooting, the police immediately regard two Indians as the top suspects. The disappearance of a local attorney, last seen arguing with Garrett, adds to the town’s unrest. The case is further complicated when Garrett’s widow claims nearly $500,000 is missing, and hires Vicky to find it. Meanwhile, Father John takes steps to protect his flock as another murder rocks the roiling community. In lesser hands, this tale of long-buried hatred, greed, and cowardice might falter, but Coel’s mastery at blending the past and present, as well as the blurry lines between fact and fiction, make this a satisfying historical read. Agent: Rick Henshaw, Richard Henshaw Group. (Sept.)
The seventeenth in the Wind River series of mysteries finds attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley searching for a killer and missing money. To celebrate the opening of rodeo season, the town of Lander holds a parade. Usually this would not be notable, but this time the parade includes Seventh Cavalry reinactors, along with Edward Garrett, who not only impersonates George Armstrong Custer, but believes he is the reincarnation of the general. He is separated from the parade by Arapaho warriors who want to remind him that they won the Battle of Little Bighorn. After their trick riding, Garrett is found dead in the street. The police assume that the Arapaho riders are to blame, especially Colin Morningside, who strongly identified with his ancestor, Crazy Horse. On the heels of the murder, a local lawyer, Skip Burrows, disappears and his office is ransacked. His secretary, Angela, an Arapaho young woman who left the rez, is questioned about the disappearance. When the police find out that she was having an affair with her boss, they suspect Colin of the disappearance because he was still in love with the woman. In the middle of all of this, Garrett's wife hires Vicky to find out what happened to the half-million dollars Garrett had received from the sale of his ranch, which leads to a conflict of interest when Angela contacts her and Father John asks her to represent two of the Arapaho riders. Although well crafted, it is doubtful that teens will be drawn to this mystery. Purchase this title where the rest of the series is popular. Reviewer: Suanne B. Roush
When a General Custer impersonator is killed, the locals want to blame a certain Arapaho. Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley seek the truth in the 17th entry in the series (after Buffalo Bill's Dead).