Killing Custer

Killing Custer

Book - 2013 | 1st ed. --
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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…
Publisher: New York : Berkley Pub. Group, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780425264638
Characteristics: 309 p. --


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Sep 23, 2016

A complex story, with, as usual, Vicky's case and Fr. John's converging. I feel like I really know these people and the place where they live. I've read some non-fiction books about Civil War impersonators. This book goes into some of the reasons people do war reenactment. I've never been able to make sense of the motivation before. Now I feel like I do, and it can be dangerous! I do think that, as with most series, understanding what's going on requires reading them in order, at least several at the beginning. When you have a sense of who the people and the setting are, missing one wouldn't matter so much. But I'm glad I've read them in order. I have a sense of how Vicky and Fr. John have grown and changed over the years, and of what the Arapahos are like as a people, and their history.

Apr 03, 2015

I tried on 3 separate nights to get into this book - couldn't do it. I expected to love it since I am usually interested in any culture that is not my own but I just didn't feel it - maybe it was my failing, but I couldn't like any of the characters, I had a hard time keeping them straight...I don't think I'll be checking out any other Wind River Mysteries.

LaughingOne Oct 31, 2013

I love this series. If you haven't read any yet, start at the beginning, the oldest title, and read them in order. There are complex characters, intriguing stories, and a beautiful landscape. Well worth reading. I did pretty much figure out the whodunnit part, but not the details of it all.

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