“David Grann’s retelling of the systemic murder of the Osage tribe of Oklahoma—wealthy for their oil holdings, and wanted dead for the same— is a shameful story of the past that feels all too relevant still.”
Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“Grann, a consummate storyteller, unearths this history and describes how local corruption led to the development of a national investigative force.”
Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“This is easily my favorite book of the year. It reads – sadly – like crime fiction (if only it were fiction). Read this and you will learn something vital about our country’s history that reverberates to this day.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“In the 1920s, the Osage Indians had been driven onto land in Oklahoma that sat on top of immense oil deposits. The oil made the Osage rich, and then members of the nation started turning up murdered.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
“For present-day Osage communities, the events related here are not last century’s news but yesterday’s. Many members of the tribe still wonder what exactly happened to their relatives.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“Disturbing and riveting…It will sear your soul.”
This is the review that Dave Eggers of the New York Times Book Review has given this New York time bestselling book called Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.
This book has been hailed as book of the year by several major reputable publications including Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine and with the twists and turns that the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z has left within its pages, readers had better take note of this haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
After the discovery of oil beneath their land, the members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma became the richest people per capita in the world in the 1920s.
They enjoyed their wealth, riding in chauffeured automobiles, building mansions, and getting fine education for their offspring.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.
When the death toll climbed above twenty-four, the FBI started investigating the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations. Therefore, the agents the bureau handled the case badly.
Desperate, young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. An undercover team was built and included one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. Together with the Osage, the infiltrating agents began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Killers of the Flower Moon was crafted based on years of research and startling new evidence and as a result, is truly a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.