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by Margaret Coel

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-425-25271-0
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

A lawyer and a priest must solve yet another murder on the Wind River Reservation.

The Arapaho Museum is about to mount a big exhibition of artifacts featuring Chief Black Heart’s regalia, which is being returned after being discovered hidden in a vault in Germany. Black Heart and his adopted son, Sonny Yellow Robe, were in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Germany when Black Heart’s regalia vanished along with Sonny. Black Heart’s family blamed Sonny for the theft, and the feud continues over a hundred years later. When the artifacts go missing once more, stolen from the local airport, Native American lawyer Vicki Holden (The Spider’s Web, 2010, etc.) has the feeling that her client Trevor Pratt, who had arranged their return, knows who took them. But before she can confront Pratt, she and her friend Father John O’Malley find him murdered at his ranch, and they’re almost run off the road by someone fleeing the scene. Then the museum curator is kidnapped, leaving the FBI and local law enforcement to search for him and the murderers. Research shows that Pratt is a former artifact thief who changed his name, invented a new persona and apparently changed his ways. Vicki’s former law partner and lover, Adam Lone Eagle, has returned eager to resume their relationship, but she’s consumed by her need to solve the case and is more than a little in love with Father John.

An interesting combination of historical information on Buffalo Bill’s wildly popular show and modern-day mystery.