Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
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 new book, The Wager, coming in April 2023!
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 9.30h x 6.30w x 1.30d
Reading Level: 8.8
Point Value: 14
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 190493 / Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Award: National Book Awards - Finalist
Award: Edgar Allan Poe Awards - Winner
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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.