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Reviewer Lesa Holstine
Eye of the Wolf is Margaret Coel's eleventh mystery set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Once again, it features Father John O'Malley, a Jesuit priest, and Vickie Holden, a lawyer and Arapaho Indian. Despite their attraction for each other, the two understand their need to deny that attraction. However, case after case draws them together because, as Father O'Malley realized, "people confided in them, and they kept confidences."
In 1874, at Bates Battlefield, Shoshones brought white troops into an Arapaho village, and almost wiped out the tribe. For 130 years, the two tribes have lived in uneasy peace on the same reservation. When Father O'Malley receives a mysterious phone call which leads to posed bodies on the battlefield, he realizes someone is trying to disturb the long-standing peace. When the bodies are discovered to be Shoshones, attention is focused on one of Vickie's clients. He is an Arapaho. Are the Arapahos out for revenge after all these years? Once again, Coel uses the history of the Wyoming tribes to bring present-day problems to light. The environment and current reservation conditions and life are always part of her stories. She shows respect for the Arapaho tribe, their legends and history. One of the elders referred to Father O'Malley's phone call as, "an untrue voice, an evil spirit wanting to stir up trouble and bring us more death." Whether it's a massacre in 1874, or murder in 2005, Margaret Coel's books reflect what Father O'Malley calls, "the endless changability of evil."