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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Coel Narrator: Andrea Bates Publisher: Books In Motion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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The skeleton of a young woman is discovered in a dry gully on the Wind River Reservation. Remnants of a long, black braid are mixed with the bones. There is a bullet hole in the skull. Forensics determine the woman was shot to death in 1973. 1973, the year the American Indian Movement had occupied the town of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Afterward, Indians under federal indictment had gone into hiding on other reservations, including Wind River. A year of fear and violence, when no one could be trusted, when anyone might be an FBI snitch.

Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley are determined to find the identity of the forgotten woman and see that she is laid to rest in the traditional Arapaho Way. Their search leads them into the 1970s and the dark underbelly of an organization that had spoken out on behalf of Indian rights. They soon run into a wall of silence. No one wants to talk about a time when many crimes, including murder, went unsolved. No one wants to admit the part they may have played, or the guilt they may still carry. No one wants to remember a young woman accused of being a snitch.

As the life and death of the woman begin to come into view, Vicky and Father John realize that the killer who has gotten away with murder for more than 30 years is still on the reservation and that they are about to be his next victims. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/15/2014

    " Neat mystery set in Arapahoe country. Cool protagonist, a woman lawyer who has come back to help her tribe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcie | 2/14/2014

    " I have read several books by Margaret Coel. She has on going characters. Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley. This involves an old murder and the AIM(American Indian Movement). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/13/2014

    " This was a very enjoyable book. I learned a lot about the AIM (American Indian Movement). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 2/8/2014

    " Just read this latest in the Wind River Reservation Series featuring Father John O'Malley and Arapaho lawyer Vicki Holden, and immediately ran out to get all the books in the series. Mysteries with a heavy dose of Arapaho Indian Culture set in modern day Wyoming. Great easy escapist reading for summer. Fast-paced, solid writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/26/2014

    " Always enjoy stories set in a locale with which I am familiar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/28/2013

    " As usual, the author weaves Arapaho history into the Wyoming landscape in a pleasant read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ty | 12/28/2013

    " While, in general, I've loved each of the books in the series up to this point, I am tired of the constant threat that one of the two main characters will leave. Spoiler alert: Father John leaves at the end of the book to go on sabatical. I know she's trying to add suspense and to make the characters know how much they care about eachother, after so many books this theme is getting old. Otherwise, great story line. I was sadly uninformed about the AIM movement so I found it interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/26/2013

    " My first read of this author and I liked the setting and the characters very much. Looking forward to reading earlier books to see what the connection was between the lady lawyer and the priest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce Snell | 12/19/2013

    " Excellent book - for me, this was the book book in this series. Father john and Vickie come together to solve a 35 year old murder. Extremely well done with a tight plot, and a somewhat surprising ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Buck | 12/5/2013

    " this book inspired me to read lakota woman "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/28/2013

    " The author writes with extreme clarity, yet has the talent for vivid description. Her research of the Native Indian culture is impeccable and I learned much about the Arapahoe and the reservation. Her accuracy depicting the missionary priest was also admirable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 11/19/2013

    " I learned about the native american movement AIM which I didn't know much about. As always Coel did a good job revealing the mystery in bits and pieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndee | 11/17/2013

    " While waiting for the book Phil recommended, I decided to read this one by the same author. It was a real thriller and a great story. Also, good info about the Plains Indians as Tony Hillerman is about the Navajos. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobbie | 10/11/2013

    " Okay read, some very interesting insight to the American Indian Movement in the 70's, but overall sort of flat and forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/25/2013

    " One of the many good authors of stories about Native Americans and tribal issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/21/2013

    " A 1973 murder is uncovered, and Arapaho and AIM history on the Wind River and Pine Ridge reservations and in Denver are explored. The mystery is resolved at a high cost in the process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Etzel | 12/6/2012

    " I've read all of the wind river series and enjoyed t them all. Always get new insights about our history. I recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 11/25/2012

    " In the same genre as the Tony Hillerman mysteries (but maybe a step or two behind), this book also has a couple of unlikely investigators, a plot involving native Americans, and a murder that goes back many years. I found the characters real and the book well-paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Martin | 7/30/2012

    " It annoys me when a book is propelled forward when a killer, who has gone undiscovered for 30 years, starts threatening the plucky, fierce, independent main character by leaving signs on her car that say STOP. Yeah, buddy. Like that's going to make her stop. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mosunflower | 4/25/2012

    " A book on cd for car trip. Quite disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolene Hansen | 4/21/2012

    " Brain candy but a good page turner mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/21/2012

    " Quick, escape reading. Supposedly the heir (ess?) to Tony Hillerman. Historical aspect of AIM movement in 1970's interesting to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Lewis | 9/9/2011

    " Margaret Coel does an excellent job weaving a murder mystery with Arapaho history and present day life on the Wind River Reservation and the turbulent seventies. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 7/14/2011

    " I thought this was one of Coel's better Wind River Mysteries. I liked the history of the American Indian Movement. NPR had a bit on it just after I read it too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 3/16/2011

    " Always enjoy stories set in a locale with which I am familiar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcie | 3/4/2011

    " I have read several books by Margaret Coel. She has on going characters. Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley. This involves an old murder and the AIM(American Indian Movement). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilynn | 1/25/2011

    " I give four stars to this. It's the first book of hers I've read and It really held my interest.
    She seems to have a good grasp of life on the reservation. I think she's up there with Tony
    Hillerman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolene | 10/26/2010

    " Brain candy but a good page turner mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 9/12/2010

    " I learned about the native american movement AIM which I didn't know much about. As always Coel did a good job revealing the mystery in bits and pieces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 8/8/2009

    " I thought this was one of Coel's better Wind River Mysteries. I liked the history of the American Indian Movement. NPR had a bit on it just after I read it too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 6/23/2009

    " This episode in the ongoing Vicky and Father John series is about the American Indian Movement, and the complex perceptions of this movement on the part of those characters who are engaged in solving the mystery of a woman who died on the reservation in 1973. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 3/8/2009

    " A 1973 murder is uncovered, and Arapaho and AIM history on the Wind River and Pine Ridge reservations and in Denver are explored. The mystery is resolved at a high cost in the process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/17/2009

    " As usual, the author weaves Arapaho history into the Wyoming landscape in a pleasant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/4/2008

    " This was a very enjoyable book. I learned a lot about the AIM (American Indian Movement). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 9/23/2008

    " In the same genre as the Tony Hillerman mysteries (but maybe a step or two behind), this book also has a couple of unlikely investigators, a plot involving native Americans, and a murder that goes back many years. I found the characters real and the book well-paced. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobbie | 9/21/2008

    " Okay read, some very interesting insight to the American Indian Movement in the 70's, but overall sort of flat and forgettable. "

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