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 1,948 Ratings


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • 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. • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

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 book, The Wager, coming soon!


  • Grann is an incredible researcher

    By KyleDaley
    If you have enjoyed David Grann’s other works of historical non-fiction you will love Killers of the Flower moon as well. Again Grann starts with a story almost too incredible to be true, and uncovers more mysteries that remain unsolved to this day. Where Grann shines is in his meticulous and dogged research of the subject matter, as a reader you always feel like you’re watching a mystery being unraveled. Well worth a read before Martin Scorcese adapts it for AppleTV+ with an incredible cast.
  • Amazing work of humanity, inhumanity

    By Am book reader
    and the research that brought it all together. The way JEH took the credit and was able to remake a second rate department into a more polished and professional National Police force was genius…although the man certainly has his issues.
  • Hard to put down

    By kstack10
    Very interesting, and very tragic story of greed and murder.
  • A history telling masterpiece

    By Kaattiee_
    I had been meaning to read this book for quite some time. I am shocked that this isn’t something that is taught in schools. I live in Osage county and graduated from a school not far. We were never taught about the Reign of Terror. The generational trauma that this dark period of US history has caused is unfathomable. I struggle to understand how man can be so cruel. And not just few cruel people, but MANY. Many of whom were never brought to justice and carried out a normal life stealing and murdering Osages. Read this book. It’s eye-opening, chilling, and thought-provoking.

    By tellallnow!*?
    I know the injustice and the beginning of FBI lawmakers! Read a while ago! Rangers!!! They borrowed that for special police!!!!
  • Amazing

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