Indian Killer

Indian Killer

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Baker & Taylor
While a serial killer stalks and scalps white men in Seattle, John Smith, a Native American adopted into a white family, becomes dissatisfied with his life, and, as the killer searches for his next victim, John descends into the madness of Seattle's homeless

Blackwell North Amer
A murderer is stalking and scalping white men in Seattle. While this so-called Indian Killer terrorizes the city, its Native American population is thrown into turmoil. John Smith, an Indian adopted as a newborn baby into a white family, is increasingly dissatisfied with his life and dreams of the existence he might have led on the reservation - he is gently descending into madness. In his search for connection he meets Marie, a strident young student at the local university who is isolated from her tribe; she is highly educated, but not in her own traditions. Marie is particularly enraged with people such as Jack Wilson, a local ex-cop and now a popular mystery writer who passes himself off as part Indian in a desperate attempt at acceptance.
Jack is determined to write about the brutal killings in his next novel, a novel that he believes will truly reveal what it is like to be Indian. With each new murder, the city is gripped by fear, and hate crimes perpetrated by white men against the Native American community grow increasingly violent. As the murderer searches for his latest victim, and the Indian population of Seattle is filled with a strange combination of fear and relief, Indian Killer builds to an unexpected and terrifying climax.

Baker
& Taylor

While a serial killer stalks and scalps white men in Seattle, John Smith, an Indian adopted into a white family, becomes dissatisfied with his life, and, as the killer searches for his next victim, John descends into the madness of Seattle's homeless. 75,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [1996]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780871136527
087113652X
Branch Call Number: FIC Al 1996
Characteristics: 420 pages ; 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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