Indian Killer

Indian Killer

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Dubbed the "Indian Killer, a serial killer stalks the streets of Seattle, taking the scalps of white male victims, and thrusts the city's Native American community into turmoil and John Smith, an Indian raised by a white family, into the investigation. Reprint.

Hachette Book Group
A serial murderer is terrorizing Seattle, hunting and scalping white men. And the crimes of the so-called Indian Killer have triggered a wave of violence and racial hatred. Seattle's Native Americans are shaken and confused, none more so than John Smith. Born Indian, raised white, Smith desperately yearns for his lost heritage and seeks his elusive true identity. He meets Marie, a stormy Indian activist particularly outraged by people like Jack Wilson, the mystery writer who passes himself as part Indian. As a bigoted radio personality incites whites to seek revenge, tensions mount, Smith fights to slake the anger that engulfs him...and the Indian Killer claims yet another life. Lauded as a poet and author of exceptional lyricism and humor, Sherman Alexie now dips his pen in something stronger-and offers a gritty and eye-opening novel of alienation and justice.

& Taylor

The Native American and white communities of Seattle clash when a serial killer who scalps his white victims terrorizes the city

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 1998.
Edition: Warner Books ed.
ISBN: 9780446673709
Branch Call Number: ALE
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 22 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.

Jul 04, 2012

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


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