The Silent Spirit

The Silent Spirit

Book - 2009
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Kiki Wallowingbull went to Hollywood to uncover the truth behind why his great-grandfather disappeared back in 1923. But after Kiki's frozen body is discovered on the reservation, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley must find the connection between the two violent deaths separated by nearly a century.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2009.
ISBN: 9780425236406
Characteristics: viii, 322 p. ;,24 cm.


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Sep 21, 2016

This series entry uses Tim McCoy, a real cowboy who knew the Arapahos, who became a star in the silent movies. He brought some Wind River Arapahos to Hollywood to be extras in Westerns at a time they desperately needed the money. Coel has one of them disappear, with major repercussions for his family generations later. Father John, just returned from sabbatical in Rome, picks up a young hitchhiker, a parishioner on his way to Hollywood to learn the truth about his great grandfather who didn't come home. The young man, just out of prison, where he got clean of drugs, seeks the truth, as a gift for the grandfather who raised him. When Fr. John finds his body a few days later, and his death is attributed to drugs, John seeks the truth. Meanwhile, Vicky has a phone call from a man who claims he killed someone in self defense; he weeps over the fear that he'll have to return to prison and lose his young son. The two cases converge and, as usual, the two work well to solve the cases. This entry adds to our historical knowledge of the Arapahos.

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