Winter's Child (A Wind River Mystery #20) (Hardcover)
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…
About the Author
Margaret Coel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of the acclaimed Wind River Mysteries featuring Father John O’Malley and Vicky Holden (The Man Who Fell from the Sky, Night of the White Buffalo, Killing Custer), as well as the Catherine McLeod Mysteries (The Perfect Suspect, Blood Memory) and several works of nonfiction. Originally a historian by trade, she is considered an expert on the Arapaho Indians.
Praise for Margaret Coel
“[Coel is] a master.”—Tony Hillerman
“[A] vivid voice for the West.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Coel’s work has a maturity that comes from years of honing the writing craft…Her characters are not clichés, but real people who are imbued with the richness of their Indian heritage.”—The Denver Post
“As always, Coel is excellent in painting a realistic, non-sentimental portrait of the Arapahos.”—Daily Camera
“[A] tautly written, compelling mystery, grounded in and sympathetic to the Arapaho culture.”—The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel