Indian Killer

Indian Killer

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A New York Times Notable Book: A series of brutal racially charged murders sets a city on edge in this thriller by a National Book Award-winning author.

A serial murderer dubbed "the Indian Killer" has Seattle living in fear. As he scalps his victims and adorns their bodies with owl feathers, the city consumes itself in a nightmare frenzy of racial tension. Then a possible suspect emerges: John Smith. An Indian raised by whites, John is lost between cultures. He fights for a sense of belonging that may never be his--but has his alienation made him angry enough to kill?

The New York Times -bestselling author of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me and many other acclaimed works, Sherman Alexie traces John Smith's rage with scathing wit and masterly suspense, delivering both a scintillating thriller and a searing parable of race, identity, and violence.
This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9781480457195
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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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.

Jul 04, 2012

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


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