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Discovering a corpse that disappears after he calls the police, Father John O'Malley, assisted by Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden, stumbles upon a series of dangerous crimes, including the cases of a missing man and a woman's murder.
Father John Aloysius O'Malley: Catholic priest and recovering alcoholic, serving the people of the Arapaho reservation at St Francis Mission
Vicky Holden: Domestic violence survivor who has returned to the reservation after being gone for ten years for school. Believing she can help her people as a lawyer now, she faces prejudice from some Arapaho who see her as "white" since she has been gone so long .
Susan Holden: Vicky's rebellious drug-addicted daughter
Marcus Deppert: Arapaho; former drug dealer; good to his grandparents
Gary Rollins: A white drug dealer living with Susan Holden at Vicky's old ranch house.
Nick Sheldon: An attorney; drug dealer. He says he represents a group that wants to build a community center on the grounds of St. Francis Mission.
Annie Chambeau: An ex-girlfriend of Marcus who has a problem with alcohol.
Ben Holden: Vicky's ex-husband
Jennifer: The new girlfriend of Marcus Deppert.
Father Peter Roach: A retired preiest caled back to assist @ St Francis Mission; Shakespeare scholar.
Eden Lightfoot: The new economic development officer on the reservation.
Deborah Deppert: A woman in her eighties. Married to Joe Deppert.
Jake Littlehorse: An acquaintence of Fr. John on the reservation.
Joe Deppert: Marcus's grandfather who just had an operation for diabetes.
Loretta Dolby: Rich Dolby's mother who works at the school cafeteria.
Rich Dolby: A friend of Marcus and son of Loretta.
Mardell Spotted Horse: A woman in her seventies, married to Thomas Spotted Horse.
Art Banner: BIA Police Chief
Dodge: The make of truck that kept following Fr. John and threatened to run him off the road.
Clifford Keating: The bishop's personal representative.
Lana: The owner of a restaurant that goes by her name and where Fr. John has a meeting.
Mary and John Red Deer: Two elderly Indian Americans who attend daily Mass at St. Francis.
Leonard Bizzell: The caretaker of Fr. John's church.
Mary Featherly: An Indian woman who comes to see Vicky about a divorce.
Patrick Banner: Art's son who has just gotten out of the military.
Donald Lightheart: An American Indian who attends daily Mass at St. Francis's Church.
Elena: The housekeeper at St. Francis Mission.
Mike Osgood: The new FBI agent on the reservation.
Amos Deerkill: A police officer in the sheriff's office.
Mary and Ike Yellow Calf: Friends of Fr. John and parishoners at his church.
Lean Bear: Ben's great grandfather and one of the leading men of the tribe.
Chief Black Night: Vicky's great-grandfather who had ridden with Lean Bear.
Howard Bushy: An Indian boy who is at the BIA elementary school and is a good athlete.
Ty: A man from Los Angeles who Susan Holden says wants to marry her and go into business selling Indian artifacts.
Nate Holden: Ben's cousin, who has a ranch near Vicky and Ben's ranch.
Gary Holden: Vicky and Ben's son.
Eileen: A girl Fr. John was fond of at Boston College before he had a calling to the priesthood.
Morrissey Poterfield: A chemist capable of producing fantanyl and being sought by the FBI.
Thomas Spotted Horse: An Indian elder and rancher who Fr. John speaks to. Show all 39 characters
Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming.
Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming: Where most of the action in the story takes place.
Arapaho: The name of the Indian tribe that is centered at the Wind River Indian Reservation.
St. Francis Mission: Where Fr. John is the pastor and where they are thinking of closing down the mission to build a community center.
Denver: Vicky left her family and the reservation to go to law school in Denver.
Lean Bear: A ranch where Vicky and Ben used to live.
Seventeen-mile Road: One of the roads on the reservation
Rendezvous Road: The central route through the reservation.
California: Where the Z Group is located.
Eagle Hall: Where the old gym was located.
Miller Lane: A street Father John passes and thinks that the vehicle following him may have turned down.
Easter Egg Village: Where Marcus Deppert lives.
Circle Drive: The road around St. Francis Mission.
Lander: A city in Wyoming where Vicky lives and where Fr. John had a meeting scheduled with the bishop's representative.
Grace House: Where Fr. John was before being assigned to St. Francis Mission.
The Z Group: A private partnership represented by Nick Shelton and who wants to build a community center on the land of St. Francis Mission.
Los Angeles: Where Vicky's daughter Susan lived before returning to the reservation.
Cheyanne: Where the Bishop has his residence and office.
Sage Canyon: Where Vicky's old home was on Lean Bear Ranch.
Riverton Memorial Hospital: Fr. John calls there to see if they had treated a missing character.
Lander Hospital: Fr. John also calls this hospital to see if they had treated a missing character.
Boston College: Where Fr. John went to college.
Wind River Mountains: The background setting to the reservation and a view from St. Frances Mission.
Fort Washakie: A community on the reservation near the Wind River Law Enforcement Center.
Martin Drive: The street in Lander where Nick Shelton lives. Show all 24 settings
Snow had fallen all day, and now the open spaces of Wind River Reservation lay under deep powder.
Original Language: English
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Publication Date: 1996
Page Count: 243
Library of Congress: PS3553 O347 G46 1996
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