Expert Pick – Killers of the Flower Moon
David Grann, New Yorker staff writer and author of the bestselling book The Lost City of Z, brings us a compelling look at a mostly forgotten piece of history—the murders of the wealthy members of the Osage Indian Tribe and the subsequent birth of the modern FBI.
In Oklahoma in the 1920s after oil was discovered beneath their land, the members of the Osage Indian Nation were some of the wealthiest people per capita in the world. Between 1921 and 1926, at least 18 members of the tribe and three non-members died suspiciously, prompting the Osage to plead for help from the United States government and the fledgling and unknown branch of the justice department, the Bureau of Investigation. Grann’s brilliant storytelling demonstrates how J. Edgar Hoover used this investigation to make a case for a the bureau and a more specialized police force. Grann’s detective work also uncovers a few things Hoover didn’t.
This is a fascinating true-crime narrative non-fiction from a fantastic author with a great track record. Grann’s previous book, The Lost City of Z, has been adapted into a movie that releases April 14th. Killers of the Flower Moon releases April 18th, with a limited number of signed copies available in stores and online.