Indian Killer

by Sherman Alexie

Grove/Atlantic | July 1, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Indian Killer is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
?Part thriller, part magical realism, and part social commentary, Indian Killer . . . lingers long past the final page."? 'Seattle Weekly' A national best seller, 'Indian Killer' is arguably Sherman Alexie's most controversial book to date?a gritty, racially charged literary thriller that, over a decade after its first publication, remains an electrifying tale of alienation and justice. A serial murderer called the Indian Killer is terrorizing Seattle, hunting, scalping, and slaughtering white men. Motivated by rage and seeking retribution for his people's violent history, his grizzly MO and skillful elusiveness both paralyze the city with fear andprompt an uprising of racial brutality. Out of the chaos emerges John Smith. Born to Indians but raised by white parents, Smith yearns for his lost heritage. As his embitterment with his dual life increases, Smith falls deeper into vengeful madness and quickly surfaces as the prime suspect. Tensions mount, and while Smith battles to allay the anger that engulfs him, the Indian Killer claims another life. With acerbic wit and chilling page-turning intensity, Alexie takes an unflinching look at what nurtures rage within a race both colonized and marginalized by a society that neither values nor understands it.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.19 in

Published: July 1, 2008

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802143571

ISBN - 13: 9780802143570

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick and easy to read, but violent John Smith was an Indian baby, given up for adoption to white parents; he is now an adult and working in construction. Marie is an Indian student, taking a Native American Literature class at school; she is also an activist, who is questioning her professor at every turn. Her cousin, Reggie, had previously taken the same class, but got kicked out after an altercation with that same professor. When a white man is found dead and scalped, people in Seattle are afraid, and there is much violence and retaliation on the part of both white people and Indians that takes place. It was quick and easy to read. I kind of knew the ending before I started it, so I'm not sure if that detracted from it or not for me. I don't think so, but the ending was slightly disappointing, anyway. As a warning, this book is quite violent at times.
Date published: 2012-06-26

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Indian Killer

Indian Killer

by Sherman Alexie

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.19 in

Published: July 1, 2008

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802143571

ISBN - 13: 9780802143570

About the Book

A "New York Times" Notable Book and a national bestseller, "Indian Killer" is arguably Alexies most controversial book to date--a riveting, gritty, racially charged literary thriller that, over a decade after its first publication, remains an electrifying tale of alienation and justice.

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?Part thriller, part magical realism, and part social commentary, Indian Killer . . . lingers long past the final page."? 'Seattle Weekly' A national best seller, 'Indian Killer' is arguably Sherman Alexie's most controversial book to date?a gritty, racially charged literary thriller that, over a decade after its first publication, remains an electrifying tale of alienation and justice. A serial murderer called the Indian Killer is terrorizing Seattle, hunting, scalping, and slaughtering white men. Motivated by rage and seeking retribution for his people's violent history, his grizzly MO and skillful elusiveness both paralyze the city with fear andprompt an uprising of racial brutality. Out of the chaos emerges John Smith. Born to Indians but raised by white parents, Smith yearns for his lost heritage. As his embitterment with his dual life increases, Smith falls deeper into vengeful madness and quickly surfaces as the prime suspect. Tensions mount, and while Smith battles to allay the anger that engulfs him, the Indian Killer claims another life. With acerbic wit and chilling page-turning intensity, Alexie takes an unflinching look at what nurtures rage within a race both colonized and marginalized by a society that neither values nor understands it.

About the Author

Sherman J. Alexie, Jr., was born in October of 1966. His mother was Spokane Indian and his father was Coeur d'Alene Indian. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He was born hydrocephalic, which means with water on the brain, and received an operation at the age of 6 months. He was not expected to survive, but did, even though doctors predicted he would live with severe mental retardation. Surprisingly, though he suffered from severe side effects, he exhibited no symptoms of retardation and went on to learn to read by age three, and read Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath by age five. Alexie decided to attend high school off the reservation, in Reardan, Washington, where he knew he would get a better education. He was the only Indian at the school, and excelled academically as well as in sports, becoming a star player on the basketball team. After high school, Alexie attended Gonzaga University in Spokane on scholarship in 1985. After two years at there, he transferred to Washington State University. Alexie had dreams of being a doctor but discovered he needed a different career path after fainting three times in anatomy class. Taking a poetry workshop at WSU, Alexie found he excelled at writing and, encouraged by poetry teacher Alex Kuo, realized he'd found his new career. After graduating in American Studies from WSU, Alexie received the Washington State Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship in 1991 and the National Endowment for the Arts Poetr
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Editorial Reviews

"Vigorous prose . . . haunted, surprising characters . . . flashes of sardonic wit . . . [Indian Killer is] a meditative exploration of the sources of human identity."