Killers of the Flower Moon The Osage murders and the birth of the FBI

David Grann

Sound recording - 2017

Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

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True crime stories
New York, New York : Books on Tape [2017]
Item Description
Title from container.
Compact disc.
Physical Description
7 audio discs (9 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
Main Author
David Grann (author)
Other Authors
Ann Marie Lee (narrator), Will Patton, Danny (Narrator) Campbell
  • Chronicle one : The marked woman / read by Ann Marie Lee
  • Chronicle two : The evidence man / read by Will Patton
  • Chronicle three : The reporter / read by Danny Campbell.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Grann has written several tales: a brief history of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma, a murder mystery, and the story of how the FBI came to be under J. Edgar Hoover. Made conspicuously wealthy in the 1920s by oil fields under their reservation, the Osage became targets of a series of unsolved murders that were eventually unraveled by a nascent FBI. Three voices effectively personify the main characters to give the recording unusual depth. Ann Marie Lee narrates the section focusing on the murders, particularly those involving Mollie Burkhart's family. She gently underscores Burkhart's disbelief at the horror her family experienced. Patton details Tom White's investigation into the cases, with his deep drawl vividly personifying the lawman. Finally, Danny Campbell reads Grann's present-day summation of the aftermath and his research in a milder tone. The use of multiple readers to build on the story's natural arc makes this an extremely effective recording. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   -  NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST "Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul." —Dave Eggers, New York Times Book ReviewSHELF AWARENESS'S BEST BOOK OF 2017Named a best book of the year by Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR's Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "On Point," Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub's "Ultimate Best Books," Library Journal, Paste, Kirkus, and Book BrowseFrom 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.