Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann

  • Release Date: 2017-04-18
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 1,157 Ratings



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


Named a best book of the year by Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR's Maureen CorriganNPR's "On Point," Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub's "Ultimate Best Books," Library Journal, Paste, Kirkus, and
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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.


  • Engrossing, enraging.

    By gingergotasoul
    It is a shame and shock the general public (myself included pre-read) is unaware of these atrocities. I had no idea. A great book, thoroughly investigated and explained clearly.
  • Must-Read for Fans of the Genre

    By bikmr
    This book completely lives up to the hype surrounding it - it is a beautifully-written, utterly addictive, and fascinating story that is very hard to put down at 4:30 AM when you absolutely cannot still be awake.
  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    By Magatha Christy
    Simply jaw dropping story line. Good to see justice being carried out, however long it takes!
  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    By Crishome22@
    This book had me mesmerized from the start! I am a 56-year-old woman born and raised in Oklahoma. I’m almost embarrassed to admit knowing nothing about the history of the Osage. This book really opened my eyes....and heart for what they went through. Great job David!
  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    By Jerseyb6
    Fabulous research, so interesting. Everyone needs to know this story.
  • A must read

    By Midwest Gardner!
    I am simply dumbfounded that I had not ever heard of this horrific mass murder of the Osage Indians before now. This book should be required reading in high schools. I would suggest to any reader to take some notes as you are reading to assist in keeping the families straight in your mind. I have already purchased an additional copy to share with my son, who I am certain will share with others.
  • Insightful Book - Tragic Event

    By Consta ance
    Historical event that I was definitely unaware of and I would bet most Americans are unaware of this tragic event that white people has done to the natives of this land.
  • Killers Of The Flower Moon

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

    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

    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.