Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon

Author: David Grann

  • Publication Date: 2017-04-18
  • Category: True Crime
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 1,364 Ratings)



From the #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 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.

New York Times Notable Book

Named a best book of the year by Amazon, Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate


  • 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.
  • 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.