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        Winter's Child
        Man Who Fell from Sky
        Night of the White Buffalo
        Killing Custer
        Buffalo Bill's Dead Now
        The Perfect Suspect
        The Spider's Web
        Silent Spirit
        Blood Memory
        Girl w/ Braided Hair
        Drowning Man
        Eye of the Wolf
        Wife of Moon
        Killing Raven
        Shadow Dancer
        Thunder Keeper
        Spirit Woman
        Lost Bird
        Story Teller
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Winter's Child

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Winter's Child Winter's Child

A childless Arapaho couple on the Wind River Reservation find an infant on their doorstep. They care for the tiny child, expecting someone to claim her. Months go by, then years, but no one comes. Myra and Eldon Little Shield fall in love with the child they call Mary Ann. The child is white.

When Mary Ann is about to start school, they know they must legally adopt her. Or face losing her. They hire adoption lawyer Clint Hopkins, who, after doing some research, arranges to meet with Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden. But before the meeting can take place, a black truck appears out of nowhere and runs Clint Hopkins down.

Drawn into the case, Vicky and Father John O'Malley soon run into a wall of secrets. Who is the white child called Mary Ann and where did she come from?

Then Father John's niece, Shannon O'Malley, a doctoral student, arrives at St. Francis Mission to research the captivity story of Elizabeth Fletcher, captured on the plains in 1865 and raised Arapaho. Vicky and Father John realize that the fates of two white girls separated by more than a century are intertwined.

As they begin to uncover the truth of how Mary Ann Little Shields came to the reservation—a truth so terrible that Clint Hopkins had been killed to keep it secret—the black truck appears once again. This time, Vicky and Father John must draw upon their wits and their knowledge of the reservation to save their own lives and defeat a determined killer.

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Berkley Hardcover, September 2016, ISBN-13: 9780698191297


"Bestseller Coel's descriptive artistry surely makes her the James Lee Burke of Native American mystery writers...magnificently crafted."
Publishers Weekly