Night of the White Buffalo

Night of the White Buffalo

Book - 2015
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"With her gritty mysteries steeped in authentic Native American culture, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel is "widely considered the most accomplished heir to Tony Hillerman's legacy," (Scripps Howard News Service). In the latest Wind River novel, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley confront a ruthless killer in the wake of a miraculous event. A mysterious penitent confesses to murder, and then flees the confessional before Father John can identify him. Two months later, Vicky discovers rancher Dennis Carey shot dead in his truck along Blue Sky Highway. With the tragic news comes the exposure of an astonishing secret: the most sacred creature in Native American mythology, a white buffalo calf, was recently born on Carey's ranch. Making national headlines, the miraculous animal draws a flood of pilgrims to the reservation, frustrating an already difficult investigation. As visitors throw the reservation into turmoil, Vicky and Father John try to unravel the strange events surrounding both Carey's murder and the recent disappearances of three cowboys from his ranch. It could be coincidence, given the nomadic life of the cowboy trade, but when one of them fails to appear in court to testify on an assault charge, Vicky wonders if Arnie Walkfast and his Arapaho buddies are guilty of more than just assault. And at the back of Father John's mind is the voice from the man in the confessional: I killed a man . . . " --Publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Berkley Prime Crime,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780425264669
Characteristics: viii, 292 pages ; 18 cm


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Apr 28, 2016

I've not been able to read this series in order, but that doesn't affect my appreciation of Coel's ability to bring to life the Wind River rez or the people who live there. While danger lurks around every corner, so does compassion, and the need of the people to keep their culture alive. That, indeed, is at the heart of this mystery, as it is of how Coel approaches her series. Vicky and Father John team up, again, to find a most devious serial killer. As often, there's a twist at the end. And another one in Vicky's relationship with Adam. I'd heard of the white buffalo calf before, but would have liked more explanation of why it was so important, and to all the Plains tribes, not just the Arapaho.

Apr 12, 2016

First book of hers I've read. I'll be reading the rest. Quick reading, fast mystery.

Oct 17, 2015

What happened to the trucks?

LaughingOne Sep 27, 2014

I love this Wind River mystery series! The characters are people I would like to know and, though they are often quite different culturally, they mostly know how to get along and accept each other, something we all can strive to do. The juxtaposition of evil and murder with the miraculous birth of a white buffalo kept me riveted to the story. Well done, Margaret Coel!

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