Killing Custer (Wind River Reservation Series #17)

Killing Custer (Wind River Reservation Series #17)

by Margaret Coel

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Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley are caught between two cultures that won’t let go of the past—and a killer who won’t leave any witnesses…

On the anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Colonel Edward Garrett, a well- known Custer impersonator, leads a troop of reenactors in a cavalry parade down Main Street in Lander, Wyoming. But a group of Arapaho youth disrupts the parade by riding their horses around the column, just to remind everyone who actually won the battle. Then history repeats itself when, in the confusion, Garrett is shot dead.

Father John O’Malley knows in his heart the Arapaho are not guilty. And Vicky Holden finds herself professionally and personally compromised from getting involved. But what begins as a murder soon reveals itself as a conspiracy that neither Father John nor Vicky could have foreseen. And someone wants to ensure that the truth they discover will die with them…

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ISBN-13: 9780425264645
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Wind River Reservation Series , #17
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 180,771
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(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 the Catherine McLeod Mystery series and several works of nonfiction. Originally a historian by trade, she is considered an expert on the Arapaho Indians. A native of Colorado, she resides in Boulder.

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Killing Custer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another VERY interesting book by Coel...she continues to bring me right into her life on the reservation which gives me a better understanding of Indian ways and customs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy all Margaret Coel's books and this one was special for the history. I have been to the area and really appreciated it more as I always had trouble remembering the details of the events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Killing Custer had more twists and turns, but Vicky and Father John go with their guts and it falls in place as usual. Excellent story line and Margaret Coel tells it so well. Look forward to her next one.
bcsnell More than 1 year ago
Book number 15 in the Wind River series by Margaret Coel - 5 stars. During a parade to celebrate the opening of the rodeo season the reenactor portraying General Custer is murdered - both Father John and Vicky Holden become involved in the investigation. Father John is mostly attempting to reassure the families of the Indians involved that the police will seek justice and find those who actually committed the crime, not simply arrest the closest Indian. Vicky is drawn into the investigation by the wife of the Custer reenactor, and thus hindered in her desire to help the two braves who are wrongly accused. This story is told predominately from Vicky's point of view and is, therefore, a bit more emotionally introspective than I prefer, but that does not reduce my appreciation of this story at all. If I had any complaint at all it would be that the cops are relatively lazy, simply jumping on the "guilty Indians" bandwagon - my 30 years in the criminal justice system does not support that characterization. However, in the end, I was able to suspend my disbelief sufficiently to love this story.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The team of Arapaho attorney Vickey Holden and Father John O’Malley are confronted with an unlikely bit of history in this latest Wind River mystery: A reenactment of the killing of Col. George Custer, originally put to death at the Battle of Little Big Horn many decades earlier. Edward Garrett, enacting the role of Custer, leads a group of “cavalrymen” in a parade down Main Street, when a band of Indians surrounded the column, encircling it with a challenge ride to demonstrate that the Indians defeated the U.S. army previously. When the Indians rode off, Garrett lay on the ground, dead of a bullet wound. Naturally, the blame was cast upon the Indians, and especially the leader who posed as Crazy Horse, who led the attack on the original Custer. The lead detective has enough circumstantial evidence to make arrests and the good Father and Holden are hard pressed to substantiate their innocence. To complicate matters Vickey, now representing Garrett’s wife, has a conflict of interest preventing her from taking on the accused as clients. The Wind River series is a long-running one, now numbering 17 in all. Each centers around the Wyoming reservation housing the Arapahos and Cheyenne, with the Holden/O’Malley duo solving yet another crime or mystery. “Killing Custer” follows that pattern, except instead of taking a path based on some quaint Indian history, it is derived from the grisly massacre of the soldiers in blue. As always, the plot and writing are smooth, and the novel is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story as well as the past ones. There are some that do just jump to a conclusion on being guilty because of who they are. Thanks for another great mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The lives of the main characters were too divergent. Maybe it's time to completely separate them and develop them individually.
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