THE DROWNING MAN

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Intriguing and fast-paced, Coel's latest explores a mystery at a Native American reservation and the history and traditions of the local tribes. The relationship between protagonists Vicky Holden, a Native American attorney, and Father John O'Malley, the local mission priest,
is a believable, supportive friendship
that often hints at a deeper connection between the two.

When an ancient Arapaho petroglyph called "The Drowning Man" is stolen near the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, a man contacts Father O'Malley with a message. To recover the petroglyph, the Arapahos and Shoshones must pay $250,000, or it will be sold to a collector.

Vicky believes that the theft may be related to a petroglyph stolen seven years ago. The thief in that case was also convicted of murder. As Vicky agrees to represent him on appeal, someone begins stalking her and shooting at her, wanting her to leave the past alone. (Berkley prime crime, Sep., 336 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick