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From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #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 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 it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In the 1920s, prominent members of Oklahoma’s Osage Nation began dying under ugly circumstances, giving J. Edgar Hoover’s newly formed FBI one of its first major challenges: finding the killers. The audio version of David Grann’s shocking history of money, racism, and murder builds on the book’s three-part structure by using an all-star trio of narrators to read each section of the story. Voice actress Ann Marie Lee exposes the social tensions that led to the violent murders, while Will Patton—who’s read books by heavy hitters like James Lee Burke and Stephen King—adopts a hardboiled persona to detail the FBI’s tense investigation. Finally, veteran Western and history narrator Danny Campbell reveals shocking facts about the case that came to light in ensuing decades. The readers’ distinct voices helped us grasp the different aspects of this complex and troubling story. Killers of the Flower Moon is one of the best true-crime books of recent times—but it’s an even better listen.
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Don’t listen to those bad reviewers
I’m very disturbed by people who put bad reviews here and decided to give my humble opinions about this audiobook.
First of all, I think the narrators did such great jobs on telling the story. Whoever said he/she couldn’t stand the voice, you should listen to your own voice and figure out how hard it is to narrate a book.
Second, the writer knows how to drag you into the plots. It is such a page-turner and every detail is well described. I finished it within two days and was amazed and terrified by this untold part of the history. Everything and everyone is connected and nothing is unnecessary.
Listen to this book and you won’t regret it
Killers of the Flower Moon
Way more explaining then story telling. Can’t stand the second narrator’s voice.
This book is incredibly uninteresting. I was not aware of the Osage oil involvement previously, and I feel it should be more widely known than it is, but the account provided by David Grann drags on endlessly. The entire situation could be summarized and understood in a few paragraphs; in fact the "details" provided for prospective buyers certainly is adequate for this purpose. I have tried numerous times to continue reading, thinking the "action" had to pick up, but I believe I have finally given up, and will seek a replacement in the near future.