Who is Eric, in Indian Killer?

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In Sherman Alexie's novel, Indian Killer, there is no character named Eric. The characters in the novel are as follows:

John Smith, Marie and Reggie Polatkin, Jack Wilson, Clarence Mather, Truck Shultz, Mark Jones, Aaron and David Rogers, and Olivia and Daniel Smith.

Essentially, the novel is about an Indian serial killer whose MO (mode of operandi) is to hunt and scalp white men. Smith, the protagonist of the story, is angered by the fact that he, a true Indian (who just so happens to have been raised by a White family) is being given a bad name by those who claim to be Indian. The story is one of a search for personal identity in a world turned upside down by false identity.


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