Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann

  • Release Date: 2017-04-18
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 2,935 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Wager and The Lost City of Z, “one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today."—New York Magazine • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST SOON TO BE A MARTIN SCORSESE PICTURE

“A shocking whodunit…What more could fans of true-crime thrillers ask?”—USA Today

“A masterful work of literary journalism crafted with the urgency of a mystery.” —The Boston Globe

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 latest bestselling book, The Wager!


  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    By jejejwkejrbvyvehw
    The killings and the abuses of guardianship over the Osage was horrific and I’m so appreciative that this story was re-told.
  • A stunning story well told.

    By cadoc1951
    An illuminating, heartbreaking and frightening story. I started it at night, read for hours and picked it up the first thing the next morning. Just when you think it is over, there is more.
  • Riveting, terrifying, and a well-paced read!

    By Matt742
    Killers of the Flower Moon was that perfect kind of historical non-fiction that reads like a suspense novel. It is an easy and well-paced read despite the true story being so terrifying, sad, and intense.
  • Very interesting story that is hard to put down.

    By Rata-tat-tat
    Amazing investigation into these historic events
  • Unknown History

    By Peter 14
    A very interesting history that was not taught in most school systems. The Osage Nation was systematically torn apart by greedy, immoral people so they could get the rights to their oil. Another terrible chapter in US history.
  • Love this book

    By beba4226
    Heartbreaking, so much injustice, and sadly this is still going on today
  • Terrified

    By Om Preetham
    This remarkable book takes us on a profound journey into the past, shining a light on the tragic fate of the Osage Indians, who suffered a brutal massacre at the hands of the white community. David Grann, the author, meticulously unveils every aspect of this haunting story, leaving no detail untouched. His work is an invaluable guide through history, making it an essential read that deserves our utmost gratitude.
  • Couldn’t put it down.

    By irenemait
    I read this book it 2 days. I literally couldn’t put it down. It had so many twists , it kept me intrigued. it was such a sad eye opener into a terrible part of American history, but I’m glad I read it ! I hope more people do.
  • Amazing!

    By Lover of true history
    This book is enthralling and highlights a horrible time in American history that few know about.
  • Absolutely infuriating, disgraceful racism perpetrated by whites for greed selfish gain

    By kaykaybean13
    I knew prior to embarking upon this true crime terrorization and obliteration of innocent, kind and gross systemic racism and xenophobic violence and slaughtering of an entire population of the indigenous communities tribes and clans all over the country of which the European white colonists were so terrifyingly brutal, psychotic and done out of greed, selfishness and the need to remain powerful in a confused state of insecurity, fear, ignorance and sadly those vile traits and actions weren’t shameful enough for all the generations thereafter didn’t find themselves haunted by the transgressions and homicidal marauding their ancestors did out of selfishness, pride, ignorance and deep seeded superiority over anyone who didn’t conform to their values beliefs or cultural norms and traditional social structures. Worse off were those whose appearance was startling opposite, not having any sort of similarity but more differences in their appearance, body structure, language, culture, lifestyle and social norms. The ignorance of the whites who came to a heavily populated and very heavily established landmass that wasn’t in need of discovering, having been born from ancestors who’d existed in their traditional land locations, where they held their prayers and offerings and held gatherings within their own tribe and with those who lived in the surrounding villages. It was clear these tribes didn’t have any violent, hostile or vengeful intentions nor emotions towards their neighboring tribes, they knew only to fear the WHITE man who was only sort who’d come to their land and created any dissension, manipulation or violently threatened, attacked and murdered their extraordinarily healthy, happy and extremely peaceful peoples who’d populated their own territories some in 6 figures. Knowing that a fraction of these hearty tribes were left when the their murderers and violent perpetrators were done slaughtering them after they’d run them from all their possessions, the lands and natural resources that they not only depended upon to live but where they also had deep and intimate bonds with so many areas within their territories where they practiced their religion of loving their Mother Earth and nature and all the abundance of bounty it has given sacrifices over time for their ancestors and present populations. They had a deep abiding faith respect and compassion for the natures finest most wondrous natural beauty in all the astonishing and truly mystical and mystifying ways of nature and the skies, the weather, the galaxies and seasons and had learned with admirable and incomparable intelligence and precision how to recognize the seasons, the weather turns, the natural conditions on water, land, thr temperaments in nearly all sentient life and could successfully and quite exemplary adapt their ways of life to adapt best to the ways of the natural environment and conditions in their environment at the time of year. They were once referred to as “the happiest people on Earth” by missionaries who’d been to testify to them about their own religious beliefs and practices but didn’t use any calculating, manipulative or life changing traumatic experiences or aggression against them either. This part of history makes me so enraged, so humble and I feel I haven’t even taken action to make my life meaningful and try to make some reparations on behalf of my ancestors and the government as a whole as this is yet still a population that’s underprivileged, underfunded oppressed and are targeted in the country’s systemic racism in their society, their institutions and overall lack of compassion or respect STILL to this day. However, to hear these hateful and I’m certain they were paled down versions of the ugliness of the human race specifically the whites in their racist micro aggressions and macro aggression and exclusion that’s obnoxiously ignorant and is still being touted as a general and societal norm of perspective and HUMAN DECENCY towards all yet in this country when they speak of respect and opportunity and compassion they mean towards whites. Nowhere in their television, movies or even a portion of writers are changing the narrative and social climate by taking ACTION and to rage against thE MACHINE. Osage community and tribe has far more grace, human dignity and integrity than I’d ever imagine having let alone find the power to rise above a lifelong struggle of poverty oppression and discrimination. I’d not be nearly as composed, kind or humble. I’d love to be able to learn more from their culture and beliefs but I’m certain that every one of them are extremely weary of the white man and stranger outside of their reservations. They’ve always had the right to be left alone to love and live and learn and laugh their own ways and be at peace, content and feel. Deep sense of belonging and safety and security wherever they are on this planet yet it’s been proven Year after year for several thousands of years that the first few thousand years they were here alone they thrived, evolved and adapted. They’d figured the secret to being happy in this life and on this earth. That was traumaticallly torn and destroyed from their lives and their customs and since then, they’ve never been able to live in their natural state of being, practicing and living in their natural cultural heritage states and prevented in many areas from praying and having ceremonial rituals and community activities in the places they’d once known for thousands of years. Their loss is immense, it’s vast and expansive. It will leave a lasting impression and destabilizing impact in their communities and populations. Possibly forever. We should be ashamed of ourselves and take example and lead from these people who’ve known all along the way to live, to exist authentically peacefully and naturally as human beings