Margaret Coel’s New York Times bestselling series continues as Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley discover that a centuries-old mystery is tied to a modern-day crime on the Wind River Reservation…
In the midst of a blizzard, Myra and Eldon Little Shield found an abandoned baby on their doorstep and brought her inside. Five years later, no one has come back to claim the little girl now known as Mary Anne Little Shield. But now that she’s old enough to start school, her foster parents fear social services will take her—a white child—away from them.
Determined to adopt Mary Anne, the Little Shields hire lawyer Clint Hopkins, who wants Vicky as cocounsel on the case. But before their meeting can take place, a black truck deliberately runs Hopkins down in the street.
Enlisting Father John to help investigate who would kill to stop the child’s adoption, Vicky unravels a connection between the five-year-old girl and a missing alcoholic Arapaho wanted for robbery—only to uncover one of the darkest secrets in Wind River’s history…
Bestseller Coel deftly melds Native American history with a fairly-clued whodunit in her 20th Wind River mystery (after 2015's The Man Who Fell from the Sky). At a meeting of the Fremont County (Wyo.) Bar Association, Vicky Holden, an Arapaho attorney, talks to fellow lawyer Clint Hopkins, who's white, about an adoption case he's handling. Myra and Eldon Little Shield, an Arapaho couple, have been raising a white girl as their own since the night she was abandoned on their doorstep as an infant, and now, five years later, they want to formalize the relationship. Just after Clint and Vicky say goodbye, a truck runs Clint down as he's crossing the street and speeds off. She's the only witness who believes that the fatality was intentional, and her own efforts to investigate are stymied when she finds that Clint's records on the Little Shield case are minimal. Meanwhile, series regular Fr. John O'Malley helps her try to persuade Vince White Hawk, a client of hers who has been charged with armed robbery, to surrender to the authorities. This is an excellent entry point for new readers, many of whom will be motivated to seek out earlier books.
Wind River series is one of my FAVORITE series that she has written. ALL of books have been great! You have to read them!!