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The Dream Stalker (A Wind River Reservation Myste) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1998
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construction of a nuclear waste storage silo on the Legeau Ranch near the
Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Most of her tribe see the silo as an
opportunity for jobs, but Vicky worries that the site will harm her people.
Her vocal opposition has stirred up the enmity of her opponents. One
of them wants to quiet Vicky and all other opposition to the construction
by using any means at his/her disposal. One opponent to the site is killed
and Vicky nearly becomes a victim also. She turns to her one known ally,
Father John O'Malley. Working as a team, the intrepid amateur sleuths
begin to investigate why someone wants any opponents to the silo silenced.
As they dig deeper, the pair becomes aware of their own attraction to each
other. Still, they must solve the case if they plan to survive the silo
Margaret Coel is rightfully being acknowledged as the female Tony
Hillerman. The lead protagonists are wonderful characters and the story
line is a very interesting blend of a modern problem (nuclear waste) and
Native American folk lore. More novels like THE DREAM STALKER and readers
will soon be calling Tony Hillerman the male Margaret Coel.
The denouement entails the murderer explaining the crimes to Father John. That’s always a worrisome sign in a mystery, suggesting that the writer had not left the proper breadcrumbs along the way. And indeed, there’s a last-minute switch of suspects, which necessitates the explanation.
Once again, the Arapaho community faces a tradeoff between traditions and jobs, and once again, Father John and his mission are threatened by a far-off Jesuit Provincial. I’ll continue to read the books for the setting and some of the characters, but it is time for some new plot devices.
Once again it's Father John and Vicky who bring the story to life. Although the two are attracted to each other, The Dream Stalker doesn't revolve around that one fact. Father John is dealing with yet another new priest sent to help him, and he's learning that what is to him a place of redemption and peace isn't thought of in the same light by the Church hierarchy. The constant struggle to keep the mission monetarily afloat adds an immediacy to the book as well.
What adds "zing" is the very real sense of danger to Vicky Holden, who refuses to be silent about the nuclear waste storage facility. The debate has brought the media and environmentalists into an already fraught situation, and Coel kept me worrying about Vicky. There is no safe place for the Arapaho lawyer-- even among her own people.
I came to this series late, but I'm enjoying every minute of Coel's plots, setting, and characters. Bring on the next book!
[My copy of this book obtained through membership in Paperback Swap.]
Father John O'Malley is smack in the middle of all these troubles. On top of that he finds a body – an old Arapaho shot to death in an isolated cabin. It won't be the last shocking killing on the Rez.
The state of Father John's heart adds another level of tension to the story. He's frankly in love with Vicki Holden, a beautiful Arapaho lawyer, and she loves him. It's an unfulfilled passion, but still this is a rather daring plot complication.
Margaret Coel is a good storyteller. Arapaho cultural references are woven in and with subtlety and sensitivity. Coel's Indian mysteries may lack the ineffable something found in Hillerman's mysteries, but they make for fast, fun reading. And the point of view, centered on a Jesuit priest, is intriguing. I'm enjoying this series.
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I am in love with the whole series. I cant wait to see what Father John and Vicki will do next.Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Nall
A good M. Coel Wind River book, butr not as good as the ones before it and after it.Published 8 months ago by Joan McGinley
I have not read the book I bought for my husband. He enjoyed it throughly.Published 11 months ago by mare e
Another excellent story about the Wind River reservation in Wyoming. Her books keep you wanting to read more since the main characters of Father John and Vicky Holden have human... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bev