The Shadow Dancer

The Shadow Dancer

Large Print - 2003
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Wind River Reservation attorney Vicky Holden agrees to face her abusive ex-husband, Ben, at a local restaurant, and within a few minutes Ben loses his temper and walks out. When Ben is murdered later that day, the FBI knows that Vicky had motive, opportunity, and no alibi. In the meantime, Vicky's sidekick, Father John O'Malley is up to his clerical collar in shadow dancers, a revived Indian sect in which the participants dance for days for the promise of an Indian paradise. Someone with a close association to the sect is missing. It soon becomes clear that James Sherwood - or Orlando as he's now calling himself - the self-proclaimed prophet of the shadow dance cult, may have had a part in both investigations.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point, 2003.
ISBN: 9781585472840
1585472840
Branch Call Number: COE
Characteristics: 288 p.

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DorisWaggoner
Feb 18, 2015

When Vicky moves back to Arapaho country from Denver, she's out of the moccasin telegraph, so learns about the shadow dancers, the hard way. Her ex husband Ben is murdered shortly after they've been seen quarreling in a local restaurant and he's stormed off in a temper. She's the obvious suspect. Father John O'Malley is involved in both investigations, as one of the grandmothers has a son who's disappeared into the shadow dancers, but it's Vicky who almost gets herself killed. Complicating matters is a new assistant to John, who seems to be on the side of the Jesuit team who come to determine if there's any role in the modern world for the Mission. The people it serves fill the hall and eloquently speak to their needs--often in Arapaho, which no one understands, since John has gone after Vicky; the committee relents, for now. John gets to Vicky in time. In spite of the sometimes over-the-top plot, this is one of the more satisfying of the series, as John and Vicky struggle to work out an honest relationship.

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