Killing Custer (A Wind River Mystery)

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In her pulse-pounding mysteries, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel interweaves authentic Native American culture and history with modern-day suspense. In the latest Wind River novel, 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...    

The whole town of Lander has turned out for the big parade celebrating the start of the new rodeo season. The main spectacle this year is the appearance of Colonel Edward Garrett—a spot-on impersonator of General George Armstrong Custer—and a troop of men acting as the ill-fated Seventh Cavalry.

The problem is they are being followed by a group of Arapaho warriors from the Wind River Reservation, who proceed to encircle Garrett and his men in a “dare ride” just to remind them exactly who won the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But when the ride is over, history seems to have repeated itself: Garrett is dead in the street with a bullet hole in his chest.

No one is sure what happened, but public sentiment quickly turns against the Arapaho—and the prime suspect is Colin Morningside, a descendant of Crazy Horse. When a local attorney connected to Morningside disappears, the accusations only grow stronger.

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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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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Recalling age-old atrocities, Native Americans find their emotions inflamed by the appearance of George Armstrong Custer reenactor Edward Garrett, who leads the general’s 7th Cavalry Regiment in a parade to launch the rodeo season. As Arapaho men perform an intricate and confusing “dare ride” around the cavalry, Garrett is shot and killed, with Indians widely considered at blame. But, as Father John O’Malley learns, it isn’t just Indians who hated Custer. Then glad-handing attorney Skip Burrow disappears, leaving his office ransacked with traces of blood and his secretary and lover, Angela Running Bear, distraught. When Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden learns that Garrett and Burrow had recently met, she’s certain the cases are connected; with O’Malley, she starts following the money. This seventeenth Wind River mystery, particularly rich in historical detail, dramatizes various tensions in the community, including that between Native Americans who stay on the rez and those who leave it. And despite the fact that Adam Lone Eagle is Vicky’s live-in boyfriend, something more than friendship between her and Father John continues to simmer. A strong entry in this fine series. --Michele Leber

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