Coel is the New York Times best-selling, award-winning author
of the Wind River series, as well as the Catherine McLeod
mysteries, and is considered an expert on the Arapaho Indians.
Once again, Margaret Coel brings a novel of suspense centered
on the Arapaho Indians, this time featuring Butch Cassidy.
When a film crew arrives to tell Butch’s story and his
visit to the area around Wind River Reservation, added interest
in Butch’s legendary stash peaks. One of many treasure
seekers is Robert Walking Bear, who believes the map handed
down through his family was drawn by Butch himself. When Robert
is found face down in a lake, police suspect suicide, but
Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley
have their doubts. Robert’s cousins are certain Robert
possessed Butch’s real map. Could one of them killed
Robert for it? What about Robert’s cousin Cutter, who
returned from Oklahoma shortly before Robert’s death?
He claimed he wanted to connect with family, but did he? Did
Robert’s wife, Ruth, know where the map was hidden?
And could the burnt corner piece of paper Vicky found in the
ashes near where Robert died be the remains of the legendary
Margaret Coel has been a favorite author of mine for quite
a while, because she can vividly portray the Arapaho customs,
traditions, and the trials and tribulation of life on the
reservation. She made me feel the heat and dusty sand, the
vast wilderness, and keeps me captive every time I pick up
her novels. Couple that with the entrancing story of Butch
Cassidy’s life, his love for the half-Arapaho half-white
Mary, his kindness to farmers and ranchers, all told through
seamless flashbacks, and I obtained a comprehensive and accurate
picture of the man rather than the legend, and enjoyed every
The Man Who Fell from the Sky is a tightly-woven
mystery, with surprises and enough tension to keep me on the
edge of my seat – and reading well into the night. One
of Ms. Coel’s best!
of other titles in this series
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of the Wolf #11
Drowning Man #12
Man Who Fell from the Sky #19