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 1,577 Ratings)


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 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.


  • Amazing

    By maggie in OK
    Terrifying betrayal of your own people for greed.
  • Excellent Research

    By Am book reader
    Superbly crafted, extensively researched. I was especially delighted by the old photos. Texas lawman White an inspiration to American Justice. Highly recommend.
  • So good

    By kwthomas
    I could not stop reading!
  • Great read

    By chris7809
    Couldn’t get through the beginning but decided to try persevere and it was amazing!!! I’m glad the Osage’s history is being retold!
  • Native Americans

    By k7vk
    It was fascinating, though so so sad, to get a sliver of understanding of how much the Native Indians suffered at the hand of white men. Their land was stolen, they were killed by the thousands, their heritage erased, their wealth plundered. For those who know little about this proud people, this book will hopefully raise your awareness and perhaps give you an insight as to just how long and how strongly prejudice has been rooted in our country. Recent events confirm that racism is still very much alive here. All of us need to work towards a fair treatment of all men. It is up to us!
  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    By Beverly5105
    Another example of horrendous behavior from the white man toward the native Americans. The writing is such that I felt like I was there. I grew to know the people involved. Superbly crafted.
  • Killers of the flower moon

    By Jalie M
    As a lifelong Oklahoman, I'm just learning more of our dark history through this very detailed account. Having travelled these parts in the book, the author very skillfully described the setting. His effort to describe the culture made the story meaningful and vivid. It is a gripping tale yet hard to read and uncover the evil intent of men due to greed.
  • A great read

    By ssession
    A piece of history, melding the corruption, greed, and dismissal of Native American life America was largely built upon in one fascinatingly depressing story, heretofore entirely unknown to me.
  • One tragedy of American History to learn from

    By made about this app
    Amazing read! I learned so much from this seemingly previously untold story.
  • Great Book! A Page Turner.

    By Ozcrome
    I wasn’t planning to read this book, but after it continuously appeared in my recommendations, I gave in and bought it. The result was that I couldn’t put it down. I definitely walked away from this book having learned a great deal about something that I never knew about before.