Indian Killer

Indian Killer

Book - 1996
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A serial killer is stalking Seattle--taking the scalps of white males. Dubbed the "Indian Killer" by the local populace, the murderer's action have thrown the city's Native American community into turmoil. As retaliatory hate crimes against Native Americans escalate, John Smith--a Native American raised by a white family--must confront the violence in the streets--as well as in his own heart.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780871136527
087113652X
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 24 cm.

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jackseney Dec 20, 2015

(Mild spoiler alert for the following) Not as good as Alexie's short stories and apparently published in the 90s, this is still worth a look for the adventurous and the non-p.c. Particularly taking a beating here (physically, at one point) is a white liberal professor. He is the victim in some of the novels more hilarious scenes as he is frequently challenged by a spunky Indian girl student. Yes, Alexie upholds his tradition of offending most everyone, including Indians themselves. But this tale is more on the "Indian militant" side and ends, rather than with an absolute solution as to who the real killer is, with a scene of Indian mysticism. There are many arguable themes and questionably generalized historical claims made here, but those really aren't the point. A sense of human existentialism pervades the proceedings instead, with American Indians being the cultural locus of them. But as a priest tells the suspected killer in one scene, most of the white people seem lost as well. Alexie also managed fairly well here the feat of putting together a page-turning thriller infused with serious literary themes, and that he did so while still a quite young writer is a credit to his natural talent.

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crankyisgood
Jul 04, 2012

Alexie captures a modern debate about white and Indian culture in an intense and gripping mystery.

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