Killers of the Flower Moon

  • by David Grann
  • Narrated by Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"A fiercely entertaining mystery story and a wrenching exploration of evil" (Kate Atkinson)
From the best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, soon to be a major film starring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, and Robert Pattison, comes a true-life murder story that became one of the newly created FBI's first major homicide investigations.
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 this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations, and the bureau badly bungled it. In desperation its young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. Together with the Osage, he and his undercover team began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

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A tale of stupefying greed, corruption and racism

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Osage county, !920’s Oklahoma, and the native American people, the Osage, were notionally the wealthiest per capita of that time. Sitting atop vast oil reserves to which they had legal title, outsiders viewed their wealth variously as a source of fascination and envy. Indeed, and carrying over much of the vestiges of racism from the prior century, for many the Indians did not deserve to be so fortunate. Government policies of paternalism, corruption at state and local level in which whites were always favoured, and venal criminality leading to countless murders, meant for the Osage this period is remembered as the reign of terror.

I cannot recommend this book enough.


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- P Garbett

The birth of the FBI

Whether you regularly devour history audiobooks or have never even considered listening to non-fiction accounts of the past, I think you'll find it difficult to resist David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon. A history of the crimes inflicted on the Osage Indian nation and the role that the fledgling FBI played in the investigations unfolds more like a fast-paced thriller, not just for the completely enthralling style of writing but also because the events just seem too unbelievable to have ever taken place. While the ever-growing web of lies and conspiracies clearly takes centre-stage here, it's the window into the lives of both the Osage people and the men employed by a young Hoover to carry out his agenda that fascinated me. And with the great Will Patton as one of the narrators, it's easily one of the best books I've listened to in a while.
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- alexandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-04-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK