Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann

  • Release Date: 2017-04-18
  • Genre: True Crime
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 164 Ratings)
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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.

Reviews

  • Killers Of The Flower Moon

    5
    By Snipes2015
    Exceptionally great read , a real page turner !
  • History Lesson

    4
    By Rfdlyons
    Much respect for Mr Gann & research; felt like I was reading a textbook at times, but worth the struggle. Learned loads.
  • Fast and Fascinating Read

    5
    By Banjolini
    Killers of the Flower Moon got my attention when I saw it on the NYC bestsellers list. It's a page turning true story that would make a great movie. The book is an eye opening history of this country's mistreatment of Native Americans. It made me angry and sad knowing that our mistreatment has not ceased since our arrival on their land. I've been researching Native Americans history for the past 10 years for a novel I'm writing. In all my research, this was the first information I read about the plight of the Osage Indians as well as the forming of the FBI. Loved this book and plan to buy several copies to give as gifts. If I could rate this book with 10 stars, it wouldn't be a high enough rating. Thank you David Grann for this historical masterpiece.
  • Page Turner for me

    5
    By 1kewljade
    This book shocked the socks off of me. I was mesmerized throughout the entire book. Heartbreaking story but very interesting to read.
  • Impeccable research

    5
    By Running Ohma
    This book is extremely interesting and well written. The author articulates a period in history that I suspect few are aware of. My thanks to the author for bringing to the forefront a tragic time in such an intriguing and formative manner.
  • Good book...

    4
    By Longhorn5555
    Very interesting and engaging for the most part... I would have given 5 star but it rambled and dragged a bit at the end... still a decent read though... what a tragedy for so many.

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