Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Hardcover)
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
Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List
“Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (The Lost City of Z) is a page-turner that reveals a part of American history long forgotten. In the 1920s, the Osage Indians of Oklahoma were some of the wealthiest people in the world. They were also being poisoned and murdered. Grann covers all the sordid details, brings the principal characters to life, and just when you think it’s all figured out, reveals new information. It’s a compelling story of greed, betrayal, J. Edgar Hoover, the Wild West, and murder, still resonating with the Osage today.”
— Alison DeCamp, Between the Covers, Harbor Springs, MI
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Lost City of Z.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage 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. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Look for David Grann’s latest book, The Wager, coming soon!
About the Author
DAVID GRANN is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON and THE LOST CITY OF Z. KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON was a finalist for The National Book Award and won an Edgar Allan Poe Award. He is also the author of THE WHITE DARKNESS and the collection THE DEVIL AND SHERLOCK HOLMES. Grann's storytelling has garnered several honors, including a George Polk Award. He lives with his wife and children in New York.
A New York Times Notable Book • A Best Book of the Year: Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate
“The best book of the year so far.”
“Disturbing and riveting. . . . Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true. . . . It will sear your soul.”
—Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review
“A marvel of detective-like research and narrative verve.”
“A shocking whodunit. . . . What more could fans of true-crime thrillers ask?”
“A master of the detective form. . . . Killers is something rather deep and not easily forgotten.”
—Wall St. Journal
“David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon is unsurprisingly extraordinary."
“A masterful work of literary journalism crafted with the urgency of a mystery. . . . Contained within Grann's mesmerizing storytelling lies something more than a brisk, satisfying read. Killers of the Flower Moon offers up the Osage killings as emblematic of America's relationship with its indigenous peoples and the 'culture of killing' that has forever marred that tie.”
—The Boston Globe
“[C]lose to impeccable. It's confident, fluid in its dynamics, light on its feet. . . . The crime story it tells is appalling, and stocked with authentic heroes and villains. It will make you cringe at man's inhumanity to man.”
—The New York Times