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Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden opposes the plan to construct a nuclear waste facility on the Wind River Reservation, but she receives death threats and the enmity of her people for her pains. Good friend John O'Malley, Jesuit priest at the local mission, believes that a murdered Indian he found has some connection to Vicky's troubles, so he investigates?against police advice. Financial problems at the mission, the personal crises of the new assistant, and O'Malley's own temptations of the flesh lend realistic touches to the author's usual commendable plotting and characterization. A fine addition to a successful series.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this third Father John O'Malley mystery, the head of St. Francis Mission on the Arapaho reservation in Wyoming comes to the aid of attorney Vicky Holden, who has been receiving death threats stemming from her role in protesting a plan to store nuclear waste on the reservation. Soon the pair must catch a killer whose dreams prompt violence. Coel enchants and intrigues by presenting uniformly well developed, realistic characters--from O'Malley and Holden to the most peripheral walk-ons--who face difficult moral choices. Against a vivid landscape and accurate historical backdrop, Coel injects drama and surprise into every corner of her story. Her lively style and western settings, awash in Native Americana, evoke Tony Hillerman's work, and Holden's character will remind readers of Hillerman's attorney, Janet Pete. At the same time, Coel's ability to conjure a mystery out of obscure history suggests Stephen Dobyns' Saratoga series, and O'Malley, with his cranky independence, dry wit, and love of opera, compares favorably to Colin Dexter's Chief Inspector Morse. Heartily recommended. John Rowen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Wind River Reservation Myste (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425165337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425165331
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Margaret Coel is the author of four nonfiction books and many articles on the people and places of the American West. Her work has won national and regional awards. Her first John O'Malley mystery, The Eagle Catcher, was a national bestseller, garnering excellent reviews from the Denver Post, Tony Hillerman, Jean Hager, Loren D. Estleman, Stephen White, Earlene Fowler, Ann Ripley and other top writers in the field. A native of Colorado, she resides in Boulder.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The attraction that Father John O'Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden feel for each other deepens in this third book of the series. Father John receives an anonymous phone call late at night, requesting a meeting with him. When he goes to the meeting place, he finds an unidentified body whom he is sure is the caller. Meanwhile Vicky is working to oppose a transaction which would allow a ranch to be turned over to a company which will use it for a nuclear storage site. More people die, and Father John is afraid that Vicky will be next. There are abductions, car chases, and other scarey moments while the Jesuit priest and the Arapaho attorney pursue the murderer. There are also the usual glimpses into the Arapaho culture which always enrich Margaret Coel's books. This is another good entry to this series.
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Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden plays the Lone Ranger as she opposes the
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
construction.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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This is the third book in Coel’s series of mysteries set in the Arapaho community of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. She was writing these a bit faster than one a year, and there are signs that the tank is starting to run dry. As in previous books, the plot follows two separate mysteries. As readers of mysteries know, the two different lines of investigation may be connected, or one of them may be a decoy to divert the reader from the real crime.

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.
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Margaret Coel has a plot that immediately raises my hackles. If nuclear waste needs to be taken care of, it needs to be taken care of where it was created, not shipped off "out in the middle of nowhere" for other people to deal with. Same thing goes for junked electronics, or any other waste created by society anywhere around the world. This program of avoidance is rife with dangers, and Coel deals with them in fine fashion.

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.]
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The St. Francis Mission on the reservation is always in the red. The reservation, too, is awash in poverty and unemployment, but that may change if the Arapahos vote to house a nuclear waste storage facility on their lands. Or will such a facility end up hurting the People even more?

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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