Movie star Sharon David has recently learned shes adopted, and believes that she was born Arapaho and adopted off the reservation. Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden sincerely doubts that any Arapaho would give up her child, but she agrees to help the actress search for her roots.

In the meantime, Vickys good friend Father John OMalley is undergoing a crisis of his own. His new assistant, the elderly Father Keenan, has been murdered, and OMalley suspects that he and not Keenan was the target. However, when he goes through the dead mans possessions, he learns that Keenan was carrying a terrible secret that could have caused his death.

Vicky and Father OMalley try to help each other out with their cases. Neither realizes that doing so not only puts them in danger but also brings up emotions from their own pasts that may destroy them.

THE LOST BIRD is a moving story that grips the reader from its very first line. Coel intertwines her two major storylines skillfully and adds several subplots that hold the reader riveted. (Aug., 304 pp., $6.50 —Hardcover published October 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg