Killers of the Flower Moon
Having wisely negotiated mineral rights to their new lands as one of the terms of their resettlement, the Osage Nation of Oklahoma became astoundingly wealthy when oil was discovered on their land. But along with the money came corruption, greed and, ultimately, murder. After a series of increasingly blatant killings in the 1920s (including shootings, poisonings and even a bombing), the federal government was compelled to intervene, and agents of what would become the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered a vast conspiracy involving local businessmen, corrupt police and doctors, and the victims’ own family members. Killers of the Flower Moon, journalist David Grann’s retrospective on the murders and their aftermath, showcases an impressive amount of research in an unusually suspenseful work of narrative nonfiction, and includes numerous historical photos as well as a contemporary epilogue.