Buffalo Bill's Dead Now
"Widely considered the most accomplished heir to Tony Hillerman's legacy" (Scripps Howard News Service), New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel weaves authentic Native American culture into her compelling mysteries. In the latest Wind River novel, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley are witnesses to history—and murder . . .
After more than 120 years, the regalia worn by Chief Black Heart in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show were supposed to be returned to his people. But the cartons containing the relics were empty when they arrived at the Arapaho Museum. Rancher and Indian artifact collector Trevor Pratt had them shipped from Germany and believes thieves must have stolen them en route.
Vicky and Father John suspect Trevor knows more about the theft than he's telling—a suspicion that's confirmed when they witness a car speeding from his home and he's found murdered inside. To find the killer, they must first uncover the truth about a blood feud between two Arapaho families—and the original theft of Black Heart's possessions dating back more than a century . . .
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Berkley Hardcover, September 2012, ISBN-13: 9780425252710
"In Coel's solid 16th Wind River mystery (after 2010's The Spider's Web), attorney Vicky Holden and Catholic priest John O'Malley must sort through a tangle of greed, deception, and murder. While the star-crossed pair yearn vainly for each other, they also both love the Arapaho Indians, who need their advice and protection. The theft of important relics—the regalia that Chief Black Heart wore in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the late 19th century—on their way to the tribe's museum is devastating to older people on Wyoming's Wind River reservation, but Vicky and Father O'Malley discover not only that there are thieves who'd kill for collectible artifacts but also that some younger Indians lust after money more than their cultural heritage. Like Tony Hillerman, Coel respects the traditional Native American worldview..."
"No one meshes the historical stories of the American Indians and their contemporary lives on the reservation as well as Margaret Coel. And, she does it while writing intriguing mysteries that are dependent on an understanding of human nature. Her latest mystery set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, Buffalo Bill's Dead Now, is one of her strongest stories."