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ISBN13: 9780446673709
ISBN10: 0446673706
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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.

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"Alexie's tale is septic with what clearly seems to be his own unappeasable fury." John Skow, Time

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"[Alexie's] vigorous prose, his haunted, surprising characters and his mediative exploration of the sources of human identity transform into a resonant tragedy what might have been a melodrama in less assured hands." Richard E. Nicholls, The New York Times Book Review

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"Both a splendidly constructed and wonderfully readable thriller — and a haunting, challenging articulation of the plight and the pride of contemporary Native Americans." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Sherman Alexie is the author of Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, The Toughest Indian in the World, and Ten Little Indians. He wrote and directed The Business of Fancydancing and also wrote the award-winning screenplay for Smoke Signals, a film based on his short-story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

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dwrites, February 27, 2008 (view all comments by dwrites)
I have yet to read an Alexie book or short story that doesn't make me squirm, and "Indian Killer" is no exception.

Nor does it fall into the "exception" column in its fearless excellence.

Alexie writes mainly about North American Indians, and mainly about characters who are Spokane. But it would be wrong to simply dub him an "Indian author," because the mirror he holds up is for all of us. There are no saints among the white or the red. The occasional kind heart, the sympathetic character (whose sympathies surprise more often than not), but no saints.

"Indian Killer" might be shelved as a murder mystery. But there's more mystery in what goes on in the hearts and minds of the community, and the actions those mysteries spawn, than in "whodunit."

We shake our heads at the ignorant, the arrogant, and the just-plain-mean, while simultaneously recognizing ourselves in them.

In this way, "Indian Killer" -- and all Alexie fiction -- is instructive.

It is also tremendously rewarding.
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dawn betts-green, May 13, 2007 (view all comments by dawn betts-green)
I read this book in a multicultural lit class and was hooked. There isn't a book the man writes that isn't fabulous.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446673709
Author:
Alexie, Sherman
Publisher:
Warner Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Seattle
Subject:
Seattle (Wash.) Race relations Fiction.
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Warner Books ed.
Edition Description:
Warner Books
Series Volume:
bk. 3
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.64x5.38x1.09 in. .88 lbs.

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Product details 432 pages Warner Books - English 9780446673709 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Alexie's tale is septic with what clearly seems to be his own unappeasable fury."
"Review" by , "[Alexie's] vigorous prose, his haunted, surprising characters and his mediative exploration of the sources of human identity transform into a resonant tragedy what might have been a melodrama in less assured hands."
"Review" by , "Both a splendidly constructed and wonderfully readable thriller — and a haunting, challenging articulation of the plight and the pride of contemporary Native Americans."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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