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The Drowning Man (A Wind River Reservation Mystery)


Margaret Coel


The Drowning Man (A Wind River Reservation Mystery)


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Berkley Hardcover; First Edition edition (September 5, 2006)







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The Drowning Man (A Wind River Reservation Mystery) by Margaret Coel

When a priceless Arapaho artifact, a petroglyph known as "The Drowning Man," is stolen by thieves who offer to ransom it back to the tribe, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley join forces to find the culprits and recover the petroglyphs, only to discover that the crime may be linked to an unsolved seven-year-old case involving stolen artifacts and murder.
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This one had some twists I saw coming... and also a couple I didn't see coming...but a good and compelling read all the way. The ongoing saga of forbidden love between the two major characters is, in many ways, heart-wrenching. Forbidden and impossible love is still love, as all the grandmothers know...and abstinence is still abstinence. It still doesn't negate the pain of the reality.
This series is as much about the interaction of these two characters as it is about the mysteries they find themselves embroiled in. And those mysteries are embellished by the viewpoints of the Arapaho culture , which colors everything in this series as the Navajo culture colored the Hillerman novels.
I am totally enjoying this series.
The plot revolves around stolen Indian artifacts. Sacred petroglyphs have been chiseled out of the rock that has been their home for thousands of years and carted off to sell on the black market. Rich people are always in search of "wall power" – a striking artifact to hang on the wall to impress their friends. But the Indians believe these images were carved by the spirits themselves. They are magical and immeasurably precious.

Father John of the St. Francis Mission and Arapaho lawyer Vicki Holden both get involved in the trouble. Father John has been chosen by the thieves as the man to negotiate with the tribes that wish to buy back their petroglyphs. Vicki is trying to overturn a murder conviction on behalf of an Indian who was somehow associated with the first theft. Sleuthing among murderous thieves endangers both their lives. The action in this book gets quite intense.

Father John is a wonderful character who wears well through book after book. It's a pleasure to ride around the wide-open spaces of Wyoming with him in his battered old truck, with opera blaring out the windows. His willingness to rush off to help his parishioners at all hours is quite endearing, as is his reliance on "miracles" (donations that arrive in the mail in the nick of time) to pay the Mission's overdue bills.

Vicki has a genius for taking up unpopular causes and impossible cases. She barely survives the threats to her life in this book, and that's her usual modus operandi.

As another plot complication, an aging pedophile priest takes refuge at the mission, causing lots of turmoil.

The Drowning Man offers a richly detailed plot, a large cast of complex characters, and an education in the black market for Indian artifacts. It's a very good read.
All of Margaret Coel's books are great reads. I learn a little more about the Arapahoe culture and Jesuit missions with each book. This one is based on a real issue in Indian Land. The theft of ancient artifacts and even petroglyphs. Sad that people would steal or destroy sacred artifacts and relics from any culture.
Margaret Coel does it again! Initially I found this book slow and not easy to settle into but I believe that was largely down to the fact that I'd just read a fast-paced thriller; Coel is much gentler. Her world is that of the Plains Indians; wide, big sky and a sense of loss. She peoples it with strong characters but all of them are a little flawed - a recovering alcoholic Jesuit priest who loves his flock, an Arapaho female lawyer who has a number of personal issues... and the Arapaho themselves, torn between two worlds and trying to find a place in it.
This story begins with the theft of a sacred petroglyph; a dying old man seeking justice for his grandson imprisoned, and abandoned, unjustly for murder (he believes); and another dying man, a Jesuit priest who arrives at the Mission to find a little peace and quiet. What a tale unfolds...
I said I found it hard to get into initially... true, but as the story unfolded I got caught up in the web Coel had spun. Highly recommended
I have been looking for book similar to the writings of Tony Hillerman.I have read. All of his book and also books by his daughter. This book Drowning Man, came very close to Hillerman style of writing.I enjoyed it very much and intend to continue reading more of Margaret Cole's books. Silverman made you feel the culture of the native Navajo people,their struggles and their stories. I don't know much about the Arapaho from Wind River rez, but I am learning,through Margaret Coel.
I liked how she developed the concern for the preservation of the native artifacts. I was also glad that the BLM was made out to be totally uncaring, ruthless people. I missed all the scenic detail and attention to sound and smell that she usually does; though she did have some.
Margaret is very good about identifying and explaining aspects of Native American culture. I was not aware of how endangered ancient art work has become because of unscrupulous collectors. This was a very interesting book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Margaret Coel is a masterful writer. The setting is in the southwest in Arapahoe country. A sacred object is chiseled out of rock on a mountain and stolen. I like archeological mysteries. I enjoy Margaret Coel's book and have read most of them. I have never been disappointed in them, and this one lives up to her standard.

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