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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Hardcover)

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To tell the truth, I had misgivings about reading this book. It is, after all, a true recounting of the cold blooded murder and disappearance of dozens of Osage tribal members in 1920’s Oklahoma. Murders that took place because of the oil riches discovered under their land, making them the wealthiest people per capita in the world. It was lust for this oil that drove New York magnates, greedy desperadoes, and even other family members to devise “one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.” It was only when the death toll rose to more than 24 that the newly formed FBI took over, “badly bungling” the initial investigation until J. Edgar Hoover assigned a new undercover team. So, no, this story didn’t sound like a romp in the park, and I wasn’t sure I was up for it.

But here’s what happened: One after another, Redbery customers came in raving about this book, even people who I thought might have more delicate sensibilities. On their recommendations I took the plunge and am very grateful to them because it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. For those of us who tend to lean toward fiction, it’s got all of the suspense and plot twists found in the best whodunit. And for non-fiction readers, it’s built on meticulous reporting and revelations that are important for every American to understand. It is the best kind of story telling, and it is our history, like it or not.  -- Susan, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin

— From Staff Picks

May 2017 Indie Next List


“One of the most horrific chapters in American history is brought back to the national consciousness with alarming detail in Killers of the Flower Moon. After the Osage Indian Nation strikes oil, its members become rich beyond their wildest dreams, only to encounter a vast and murderous conspiracy that will leave more than 60 members of the nation dead. David Grann reconstructs those murders and the subsequent investigations with astonishing care and reveals the depths of a conspiracy that stretched from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. This story will certainly be one of the most important books of 2017.”
— Steven Shonder, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

"Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul." --Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review

From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
In this last remnant of the Wild West--where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the "Phantom Terror," roamed--many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

About the Author


David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, which was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He is also the author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. His work has garnered several honors for outstanding journalism, including a George Polk Award.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385534246
ISBN-10: 0385534248
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English