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The Silent Spirit by Margaret Coel
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Mar 13, 2010

Read in June, 2009

Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley again work together in this excellent addition to the long-running series. Kiki Wallowingbull goes to California to determine why his great-grandfather never returned to the reservation to his young wife and son after going to Hollywood in the 1920s to help promote a silent film, The Covered Wagon. Shortly after Kiki returns home, Father John finds Kiki dead. Because of his past drug use, the authorities believe he died in a drug deal gone bad. Father John has doubts, and when Vicky receives phone calls from someone who wants to hire her because he said he killed Kiki, they begin to retrace Kiki’s investigation to find out the truth. Told in both the present and flashing back to the past to the site of the movie, the story includes details of the film business of the 1920s where Native Americans worked as extras in Westerns and life on the reservation today. Vicky and Father John also face changes in their professional lives. For fans of Tony Hillerman.
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